Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt

Professor of Science and Technology StudiesDean of the Faculty of Social SciencesConsultation hour: by arrangement via eMail!T: +43 1 4277 49611    (secr. -49601)

eMail: ulrike.felt@univie.ac.at

Biography

Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies since 1999 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

After having finished her PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Vienna in 1983, she worked for nearly five years in an interdisciplinary research team of science historians at the European Center for High Energy Physics (CERN) in Geneva studying social, political and scientific aspects in the foundation period of this first big European research institution. During this period her research interests moved into the field of science and technology studies (STS). After her stay at CERN she returned to Vienna, where she took up a position at the newly founded Institute for Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science headed by Helga Nowotny. In 1997 she received her habilitation in Science Studies/Sociology of Sciences.

Ulrike Felt has wide experience in running nationally and internationally funded research projects working with a broad spectrum of social science research methods. She has been visiting professor in a number of institutions, among them at GERSULP/Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg), at the Centre Interuniversitaire pour la Recherche en Science et Technologie, Universite du Québec à Montréal, at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris, at the Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich and at the STS group at Harvard. She has served as member of the council of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) from 1995 until 1999, and of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) from 2002 to 2004. From July 2002 to June 2007 she was editor of the international peer-reviewed Journal Science, Technology, & Human Values (Journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science). Most recently she has also engaged in setting up an interdisciplinary Masterprogramme "Science - Technology - Society" (taught in English language) at the University of Vienna.

Finally she engaged into policy advise both nationally and at the European level, e.g. as expert in the Advisory Group of the European Commission for the Science and Society priority of the 6th framework programme (2003-2006); as member of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB; 2006/07); as rapporteur of the expert group Science and Governance (download the report as pdf) and most recently for the European Science Foundation (Science Policy Briefing: Science in Society - Caring for our Futures in Turbulent Times).

Main Research Interests

Over the years several interrelated lines of research have developed:

  • knowledge relations: investigate how in contemporary societies relations are built through/on knowledge and how knowledge emerges through specific kinds of relational networks;
  • science, technology and democracy: public engagement with technoscience as well as governance and public participation (biomedicine and the life sciences as well nanotechnologies are special foci), science communication;
  • the coproduction of temporealities and technoscientific issues whith particular focus on the growing role of future as central 'object' in shaping science and society relations;
  • topics in knowledge politics, embracing both the changing cultures of knowing and living in research and their intertwinedness with institutional policy such as university reforms, quality assessment strategies, excellence intitiatives, etc.

Publications


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Selkirk, K., Selin, C., & Felt, U. (2018). A Festival of Futures: Recognizing and Reckoning Temporal Complexity in Foresight. In R. Poli (Ed.), Handbook of Anticipation. Springer, Cham Chem: Springer.
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Felt, U. (2018). Living a Real-world Experiment: Post-Fukushima Imaginaries and Spatial Practices of “Containing the Nuclear”. In I. van de Poel, L. Asveld, & D. C. Mehos (Eds.), Experimentation beyond the laboratory: new perspectives on technology in society (pp. 49-78). Routledge.

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Felt, U. (2018). Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In S. Gibbon, B. Prainsack, S. Hilgartner, & J. Lamoreaux (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Genomics, Health and Society Routledge.

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Felt, U. (2017). “Response-able Practices” or “New Bureaucracies of Virtue”: The Challenges of Making RRI Work in Academic Environments. In L. Asveld, R. van Dam-Mieras, T. Swierstra, S. Lavrijssen, K. Linse, & J. van den Hoven (Eds.), Responsible Innovation 3 (pp. 49-68). Chem: Springer.

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Bayer, F., & Felt, U. (2017). Embracing the “atomic future” in post-World War II Austria. Technology and Culture .
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Felt, U., Schwarz-Plaschg, C., & Schumann, S. (2017). IMAGINE. A card-based discussion method. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences Singapore: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6_9-1

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Felt, U., Felder, K. F., & Penkler, M. (2017). How differences matter: Tracing diversity practices in obesity treatment and health promotion. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(1), 127-142. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12446

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Felt, U. (2017). Of time-scapes and knowledge-scapes: Re-timing Research and Higher Education. In P. Scott, J. Gallacher, & G. Parry (Eds.), New Landscapes and Languages of Higher Education (pp. 129-148). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Felt, U., Fouché, R., Miller, C. A., & Smith-Doerr, L. (Eds.) (2017). The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT Press.

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Felt, U. (2017). Under the Shadow of Time: Where Indicators and Academic Values Meet. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 3/2017, 53-63. DOI: 10.17351/ests2017.109

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., Müller, R., & Nowotny, H. (2017). Re-imagining and re-legitimising the university - Where past and future imaginaries meet. In Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development (Ed.), Prospects and future tasks of universities: Digitalization - internationalization - differentiation (pp. 25-42). Zürich: LIT Verlag.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., Müller, R., & Nowotny, H. (2017). Was ist, was soll eine Universität sein? : Imaginaries von gestern und morgen. In Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung (Ed.), Zukunft und Aufgaben der Hochschulen: Digitalisierung - Internationalisierung - Differenzierung (pp. 25-45). Zürich: LIT Verlag.

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Felt, U., Igelsböck, J., Schikowitz, A., & Völker, T. (2016). Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in Practice: Between imaginaries of collective experimentation and entrenched academic value orders. Science, Technology & Human Values, 35(5), 404-418. DOI: 10.1177/0162243915626989

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Fochler, M., Felt, U., & Müller, R. (2016). Unsustainable growth, hyper-competition, and worth in life science research: Narrowing evaluative repertoires in doctoral and postdoctoral scientists’ work and lives. Minerva, 54(2), 175-200. DOI: 10.1007/s11024-016-9292-y

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Felt, U. (2016). The temporal choreographies of participation: Thinking innovation and society from a time-sensitive perspective. In J. Chilvers, & M. Kearnes (Eds.), Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics (pp. 178-198). London/New York: Routledge.

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Felder, K. F., Felt, U., & Penkler, M. (2016). Caring for Evidence: Research and Care in an Obesity Outpatient Clinic. Medical Anthropology, 404-418. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2015.1101100

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2015). A Very Brief Story of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Vienna University. EASST Review (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), 34(4), 29-34.

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Felt, U., Felder, K. F., & Penkler, M. (2015). Investigating Obesity as a Complex Socio-Medical Phenomenon. EASST Review (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), 34(4), 35-37.

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Felt, U. (2015). Innovationen, Wissensökologien und akademische Zeitlandschaften. In Rat für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung (Ed.), Die Gestaltung der Zukunft. Wirtschaftliche, gesellschaftliche und politische Dimensionen von Innovation (pp. 130-150). Wien: echomedia buchverlag.

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Felt, U. (2015). Innovation, Knowledge Ecologies and Academic Timescapes. In Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development (Ed.), Designing the Future. Economic, Societal and Political Dimensions of Innovation (pp. 118-136). Wien: echomedia buchverlag.

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Felt, U. (2015). Social Science Expertise in European Policy Innovation Policy. In J. Wilsdon, & R. Doubleday (Eds.), Future Directions of Scientific Advice in Europe (pp. 113-122). Cambridge: Center of Science in Policy.

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Felt, U. (2015). Sociotechnical imaginaries of "the internet", digital health information and the making of citizen-patients. In S. Hilgartner, C. Miller, & R. Hagendijk (Eds.), Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond (pp. 176-197). London/New York: Routledge.

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Felt, U. (2015). Keeping Technologies Out: Sociotechnical imaginaries and the formation of Austria's technopolitical identity. In S. Jasanoff, & S-H. Kim (Eds.), Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power (pp. 103-125). Chicago: Chicago University Press.

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Felt, U., Schumann, S., & Schwarz, C. (2015). (Re)assembling Natures, Cultures and (Nano)technologies in Public Engagement. Science as Culture, 24(4), 458–483. DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2015.1055720

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Penkler, M., Felder, K. F., & Felt, U. (2015). Diagnostic Narratives: Creating Visions of Austrian Society in Print Media Accounts on Obesity. Science Communication, 37(3), 314– 339. DOI: 10.1177/1075547015575791

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Expert group on Foresight on Key Long-term Transformation of European systems: Research, Innovation and Higher Education (KT2050 (2015). The Knowledge Future: Intelligent policy choices for Europe 2050: Report by an Expert Group on Foresight on Key Long-term Transformations of European Systems: Research, Innovation and Higher Education. Luxemburg: European Commission. DOI: 10.2777/781120

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Felt, U., Felder, K. F., Öhler, T., & Penkler, M. (2014). Timescapes of obesity: Coming to terms with a complex socio-medical phenomenon. Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, 18(6), 646-664. DOI: 10.1177/1363459314530736

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Felt, U., Schumann, S., Schwarz, C., & Strassnig, M. (2014). Technology of Imagination. A Card-based Public Engagement Method for Debating Emerging Technologies. Qualitative Research, 14(2), 233-251. DOI: 10.1177/1468794112468468

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Castree, N., Adams, W. M., Barry, J., Brockington, D., Büscher, B., Corbera, E.,... Wynne, B. (2014). Changing the intellectual climate. Nature Climate Change, 4(9). DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2339

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Felt, U. (2014). Within, Across and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Europe. Science as Culture, 23(3), 384-396. DOI: 10.1080/09505431.2014.926146

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Felt, U., De La Hoz Del Hoyo, D., Barben, D., Irwin, A., Joly, P-B., Rip, A.,... Stöckelová, T. (2013). Science in Society: Caring for our Futures in Turbulent Times. ESF Policy Briefing 50. Strasbourg cedex: European Science Foundation.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2013). What Science Stories Do: Rethinking the Multiple Consequences of Intensified Science Communication. In P. Baranger, & B. Schiele (Eds.), Science Communication Today. International Perspectives, Issues and Strategies (pp. 75-90). Paris: CNRS Editions.

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Felt, U., Igelsböck, J., Schikowitz, A., & Völker, T. (2013). Growing Into What? The (Un-)disciplined Socialisation of Early Stage Researchers in Transdisciplinary Research. Higher Education: the international journal of higher education and educational planning, 65(4), 511-524. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-012-9560-1

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Felt, U. (2013). Wissenschaft. In E. Flicker, & R. Forster (Eds.), Forschungs- und Anwendungsfelder der Soziologie (2. ed., pp. 283-298). Wien: Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG.

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Felt, U. (2013). Within, Across and Beyond – Reconsidering the Role of Social Science and Humanities in Europe. In K. Mayer, T. König, & H. Nowotny (Eds.), Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities, Conference Report (Vilnius, Lithuania, 23.-24.09.2013) (pp. 53-63). Vilnius: Mykolas Romeris University Publishing.

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Felt, U., & Schuh, D. Case Study Report: Technical Museum in Vienna (TMV). A report for the project “open PLACES”, a research coordinated by Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2012). Re-ordering Epistemic Living Spaces: On the Tacit Governance Effects of the Public Communication of Science. In S. Rödder, M. Franzen, & P. Weingart (Eds.), The Sciences´ Media Connection - Communication to the Public and its Repercussions (pp. 133-154). (Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook; No. 28). Dortrecht: Springer.

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Felt, U., Igelsböck, J., Schikowitz, A., & Völker, T. (2012). Challenging Participation in Sustainability Research. DEMESCI: International Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science, 1(1), 4-34. DOI: 10.4471/demesci.2012.01

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Leydesdorff, L., & Felt, U. (2012). Edited Volumes, Monographs, and Book Chapters in the Book Citation Index (BKCI) and Science Citation Index (SCI, SoSCI, A&HCI). Journal of Scientometric Research, 1(1), 28-34.

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Habermann, B., Felt, U., Vogl, C. R., Bekele, K., & Mekonnen, K. (2012). Encounters and places: project negotiations in Galessa, Ethiopia. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 6(4), 218-234.

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Felt, U., & Stöckelová, T. (2012). On the Diversity of European Publics and Political Cultures: Rethinking Publics, Issues and Governance Processes (Background Paper for Thematic Workshop 1, 20-21 Feb 2012, Vienna).

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Felt, U., Igelsböck, J., Schikowitz, A., & Völker, T. (2011). The Problem Multiple - Constructing 'the Research Problem' in Transdisciplinary Project Contexts. In B. Hofstätter, & G. Getzinger (Eds.), Conference Proceeding '10th Annual IAS-STS Conference: Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies' Graz: Institute for advanced studies on science, technology and society (ias-sts).

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Felt, U., & Müller, R. (2011). Tentative (Id)entities. On Technopolitical Cultures and the Experiencing of Genetic Testing. BioSocieties, 6(3), 342-363.

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Felt, U. (2011). Lauter Einschluss, leise Ausschlüsse - normative Visionen und gelebte Realitäten in der Forschung. In J. Dalhoff, & J. Girlich (Eds.), Conference Proceeding 'Fakten und Fassaden. Gleichstellungspolitiken und Geschlechterwissen in Wissenschaft und Forschung', 25-26.10.2010, Bonn, Deutschland (pp. 64-75). Bonn.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2011). Slim futures and the fat pill. Civic imaginations of innovation and governance in an engagement setting. Science as Culture, 20(3), 307-328.

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Felt, U. (2011). The Future of Science in Society (ESF Forward Look). European Science Forum.
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Felt, U. (2010). Leben in Nanowelten: Zur Ko-Produktion von Nano und Gesellschaft. In Petra Lucht, Martina Erlemann and Esther Ruiz Ben (eds) (2010), Technologisierung gesellschaftlicher Zukünfte. Nanotechnologien in wissenschaftlicher, politischer und öffentlicher Praxis (pp. 19-37). Freiburg: Centaurus.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2010). Riskante Verwicklungen des Epistemischen, Strukturellen und Biographischen: Governance-Strukturen und deren mikropolitische Implikationen für das akademische Leben. In Governance des Österreichischen Innovationssytems (pp. 297-328). Innsbruck: Studien Verlag.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., & Winkler, P. (2010). Coming to terms with biomedical technologies in different techno-political cultures: A comparative analysis of focus groups on organ transplantation and genetic testing in Austria, France and the Netherlands. Science, Technology & Human Values, 35(4), 525-553.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2010). Machineries for Making Publics: Inscribing and Describing Publics in Public Engagement. Minerva, 48(3), 219-238.

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