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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Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2017). Ö1 Wissen aktuell - Soll Wissenschaft alles tun, was sie tun könnte?. ORF Ö1.

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Felt, U. (2017). Neu(es) denken: Aber wie?. COMPETENCE – das Magazin für Wissen und Weiterbildung des Postgraduate Center der Universität Wien 01/17 (pp. 8-9).

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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. (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). [2] 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). [2] Zürich: LIT Verlag.

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Felt, U. (Author). (2016). Associating citizens with the scientific process from the start. euroscientist.

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Felt, U., Fouché, R., Miller, C. A., & Smith-Doerr, L. (Eds.) (2016). The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT Press.

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Meßner, D. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2016). Audimax 4: Wissenschafts- und Technikforscherin Ulrike Felt.

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Tóth, B., & Felt, U. (2016). „Der Bachelor wird das sein, was die Matura einmal war“. Falter 43 16

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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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Gluzman, Y. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2016). Handbook for the Ages: Peeking into the forthcoming 4th Edition of the STS Handbook.

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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. (Interviewee), & Gurel, A. (Editorial Journalist). (2016). Talking Transdisciplinarity with Ulrike Felt: New Research in Science, Technology & Human Values.

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Nowotny, M. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2016). Ö1 Mittagsjournal, "Luxusfächer" an den Universitäten.

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Scholz, N. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2016). Ö1 Radiokolleg "Das Arbeitsklima in der Forschung" (22-25.2.2016).

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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. (Author). (2015). ERA Policy Brief: "Research Integrity".

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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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Malle, T. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2015). Ö1 Dimensionen - Die Welt der Wissenschaft: Prekäre Profession. Arbeitsbedingungen an den österreichischen Hochschulen.

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Settele, H. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2015). ORF DOKeins: iMensch. Evolution 2.0.

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Herzog, S., & Felt, U. (2015). Typisch Uni-Wien-AbsolventIn?. univie - Alumni Magazin der Universität Wien

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Felt, U. (Interviewee), & Gehörgänge, V. (Editorial Journalist). (2015). Prekärparcours: Audiospaziergänge durch die Uni Wien.

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Aarden, E., Felder, K. F., Felt, U., Fochler, M., Öchsner, S., Penkler, M.,... Schuh, D. (2015). What roles do science and technology play in democratic societies?. Poster session presented at Wie gestaltet Technik unser Leben? Open House am Institut für Wissenschaft- und Technikforschung, Wien, Austria.

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Aarden, E., Felder, K. F., Felt, U., Fochler, M., Öchsner, S., Penkler, M.,... Schuh, D. (2015). How does technoscience affect everyday life?. Poster session presented at Wie gestaltet Technik unser Leben? Open House am Institut für Wissenschaft- und Technikforschung, Wien, Austria.

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Aarden, E., Felder, K. F., Felt, U., Fochler, M., Öchsner, S., Penkler, M.,... Schuh, D. (2015). How does living and working in research change?. Poster session presented at Wie gestaltet Technik unser Leben? Open House am Institut für Wissenschaft- und Technikforschung, Wien, Austria.

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Rosenberger, R. (Editorial Journalist), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2015). Ö1 'Von Tag zu Tag': Sozialwissenschaft und die Veränderung der Gesellschaft. ORF Ö1.

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Fisch, F. (Author), & Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2015). Das Wissenschaftssystem trocknet sich selbst aus.

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Hausbichler, B., & Felt, U. (2015). Die vielen Schubladen für Übergewicht. derstandard.at

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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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Möller, H., & Felt, U. (2015). Das Übergewicht der Unterschiede. Forschungsnewsletter der Universität Wien

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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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Müller, S., & Felt, U. (2015). Der Wind des Wettbewerbs. Um künftige Herausforderungen zu meistern, müssen sich Universitäten neu erfinden.. Zeit Online

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Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2015). Puls 4 Café Puls: Cyberchondrie: Die zwanghafte Sucht nach Internetdiagnosen. puls 4.

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Bayer, F., & Felt, U. (2015). Wie "Dr. Google" die Arzt-Patient-Beziehung verändert. derstandard.at

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Tauss, M., & Felt, U. (2015). Lassen wir die Gärten blühen! Warum die österreichischen Universitäten im Jubiläumsjahr ein nachhaltiges Leitbild brauchen: Plädoyer für eine Ökologie der Wissenschaft.. Die Furche: Wochenzeitung für Gesellschaft, Politik, Kultur, Religion und Wirtschaft

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Tauss, M., & Felt, U. (2015). Digitaler Rohstoff im Druckkochtopf. Die Furche: Wochenzeitung für Gesellschaft, Politik, Kultur, Religion und Wirtschaft (pp. 22).

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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. (Interviewee). (2014). Ö1 Wissen aktuell: 1. Jahresrückblick auf Österreichs Wissenschaft 2014. ORF Radio Oe1.

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Ferenci, I., & Felt, U. (2014). Von "Quantengespenstern" bis zu "Rosetta". science.orf.at

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Felt, U. (2014). Was ist Wissenschaft?. Wiener Journal: das Magazin der Wiener Zeitung

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Felt, U. (Interviewee). (2014). Krise in den Wissenschaften (scobel-Sendung, 3sat/ZDF). Mainz: 3sat.

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