Dr. Christian Haddad

(post doc)

eMail: christian.haddad@univie.ac.at 


Christian Haddad is a University Assistant (post-doc) at the Department for Science & Technology Studies. Previously, Christian was a senior research fellow at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) and a lecturer at the University of Vienna. During postgraduate research, he was a member at the interdisciplinary Life-Science-Governance research platform at the University of Vienna. Further, he was a visiting research fellow at the Center for Biomedicine & Society at King’s College London and at the Department of Sociology at the University of Sydney, respectively. Originally, Christian studied political science and philosophy, specializing in political theory, critical epistemologies and science studies, as well as psychoanalytic studies. Since his doctoral research, Haddad has worked at the nexus between critical policy studies and STS. He obtained a Dr.phil. with a thesis on the ‘biopolitics of innovation’, exploring the making of ‘post-pharmaceutical health’ as the primary value form of regenerative biomedicine.


Research Interests 

Situated within political sociology and STS of health and medicine, Haddad’s long-standing research interests weaves together conceptual and empirical concerns for global health, biopolitics of security and pharmaceutical innovation. Currently, his Habilitation project ‘Antibiotic innovation imaginaries’ centers on the science, politics and political economies of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the concomitant ‘global antibiotics crisis’. The project explores AMR as a transboundary crisis of modern biopolitics that calls into question the dominant regimes of health, growth and security deeply rooted in the chemical infrastructures of readily available and effective pharmaceuticals.


Haddad’s main fields of expertise include:

  • Political sociology of medicine, health and pharmaceuticals
  • Political ethnography of science, technology and innovation
  • Biopolitics of global health security
  • Sociology of knowledge and ignorance


Radhuber I, Haddad C, Kieslich K, Paul KT, Prainsack B, El-Sayed S et al. Citizenship in times of crisis: biosocial state–citizen relations during COVID‑19 in Austria. BioSocieties. 2024 Jun;19(2):326-351. Epub 2023 May 22. doi: 10.1057/s41292-023-00304-z

Paul KT, Haddad C. The Pandemic as we Know It: A policy studies perspective on ignorance and nonknowledge in COVID-19 governance. In Gross M, McGoey L, editors, Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. 2 ed. London: Routledge. 2022. p. 221-233 doi: 10.4324/9781003100607-25

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