Mag.a Katja Mayer

Senior Post Doc

(Elise Richter Fellowship FWF)

The Politics of Openness

Tel: +43-1-4277-49612


Katja Mayer is a sociologist and works at the interface of science, technology and society. Since 2019, she is working as senior postdoc with the Elise Richter Fellowship (FWF) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on the interaction between social science methods and their public spheres.

As part of her postdoc position at the Professorship of Computational Social Science and Big Data, she researched and taught in the field of "Critical Data Studies" at TU Munich.

Her focus is on the cultural, ethical and socio-technical challenges at the interface of computer science, social sciences and society. Data is treated less as a new raw material, but as a highly variable and fragile phenomenon. In the context of data-driven decision-making, data are not considered as "given", but the way we collect, transform, analyze, and trust data is up for discussion.

In addition, Katja also works as Senior Scientist at the Center for Social Innovation in Vienna and is an Associate Researcher at the University of Vienna's platform "Responsible Research and Innovation in Scientific Practice". For many years she has been teaching Sociology, STS and Web Sciences at the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, the University of Art and Design Linz and the University of Lucerne. She was a visiting fellow at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). She is a member of the core team of the Open Access Network Austria (OANA) and co-heads the working group "National Strategy for the Transition to Open Science". In the years 2011-2013 she was a research fellow of the President of the European Research Council (ERC).


Mahrenbach LC, Mayer K, Pfeffer J. Policy visions of big data: views from the Global South. Third World Quarterly. 2018 Oct 3;39(10):1861-1882. doi: 10.1080/01436597.2018.1509700

Mayer K, Kieslinger B, Schäfer T. Open and participatory citizen social science for evidence-based decision making. In Austrian Citizen Science Conference. Vol. 4. Frontiers Research Foundation. 2018. p. 74-77 doi:, 10.3389/978-2-88945-587-4

Mayer K, Lupu M, Kando N, Trippe A. Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval. 2 ed. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2017. (The information retrieval series, Vol. 37).

Mayer K. Netzwerkvisualisierungen. Anmerkungen zur visuellen Kultur der Historischen Netzwerkforschung. In Handbuch Historische Netzwerkforschung. 2016 doi: 10.5281/zenodo.48745

Mayer K, Aibar E. Open Science in Practice - STS approaches to open cultures in research. EASST Review. 2016. doi:

Mayer K (Author). ERA Policy Brief: Open Science 2015. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.200187

Bauer B, Blechl G, Bock C, Danowski P, Ferus A, Graschopf A et al. Empfehlungen für die Umsetzung von Open Access in Österreich. Mitteilungen der Vereinigung österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare. 2015 Nov 12;68(3):580-607. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.33178

Morstatter F, Pfeffer J, Mayer K, Liu H. Text, topics, and turkers: A consensus measure for statistical topics. In HT 2015 - Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2015. p. 123-131 doi: 10.1145/2700171.2791028

Buschmann K, Kasberger S, Kraker P, Mayer K, Reckling F, Rieck K et al. Open Science in Österreich: Ansätze und Status Open Science in Austria: Approaches and status Open Science en Autriche: Approches et état des lieux. Information-Wissenschaft und Praxis. 2015 Jan 1;66(2-3):137-145. doi: 10.1515/iwp-2015-0025,

Mayer K, Bauer B, Blechl G, Bock C, Danowski P, Andreas F et al. Recommendations for the Transition to Open Access in Austria. 2015. doi:

Mayer K, Pfeffer J. Mapping Social Sciences and Humanities. In Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities. 2014

Mayer K. Objectifying social structures: Network visualization as means of social optimization. Theory & Psychology. 2012 Jan 1;22(2):162-178. doi:, 10.1177/0959354311427488

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