Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt

University Professor of Science and Technology Studies

Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies

Head of the research platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice

Member of the research platforms "Governance of Digital Practices" und "PLENTY - Plastics in the Environment and Society"

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Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies since 1999, and Head of the Departement of Science and Technology Studies and of the research platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice
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).

Since 1st September 2015 she is the Head of the interfaculty Research Platform "Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice" at the University of Vienna, which will run until 20th December 2021. Addidionally she's a member of the Research Platform "Plastic in Environment and Society".

Main research interests

Over the past decades several interrelated lines of research have developed:

  • Participation and governance of science/technology in democratic societies; science communication;
  • changes in the institutional, social and epistemological regimes of knowledge production
  • the role of time/temporal regimes and future visions in research as well as for the interfaces of science/technology with society
  • Values and evaluation in science; science policy; research integrity; ethical issues
  • Socio-technical infrastructures and their importance for science and society
  • Digitization and Big Data.

The fields I engaged with were rather diverse over time but had a strong focus on biomedicine and the life sciences, environment (enery, plastics, environmental data sciences) and physics (new materials, sensors, nanotechnology, ...).

Selection of recent publications

Articles and book chapters

Felt, Ulrike. 2021. "The Temporal Fabric of Academic Lives: Of Weaving, Repairing, and Resisting." In Inquiring into Academic Timescapes, edited by Filip Vostal, 267-280. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Felt, Ulrike, Öchsner, Susanne, and Rae, Robin (2020). The Making of Digital Health: Between Visions and Realizations. In Digitaler Humanismus, edited by J. Fritz & N. Tomaschek, 89-101. Münster/New York: Waxmann Verlag.

Felt, Ulrike. 2020. "Public Health Communication. Anecdotal Evidence and Responsibility in Print Media Accoundt on Obesity." In Exploring Science Communication. A Science and Technology Studies Approach, edited by Ulrike Felt and Sarah R. Davies, 131-150. London: SAGE.

Penkler, Michael, Kay Felder, and Ulrike Felt. 2020. "Challenging Diversity: Steering Effects of Buzzwords in Projectified Health Care." Science, Technology, & Human Values 45 (1):138-163. doi: 10.1177/0162243919841694.

Sigl, Lisa, Ulrike Felt, and Maximilian Fochler. 2020. ""I am Primarily Paid for Publishing...": The Narrative Framing of Societal Responsibilities in Academic Life Science Research."  Science and Engineering Ethics 26: 1569–1593. doi: 10.1007/s11948-020-00191-8.


Felt, Ulrike, and Sarah R. Davies, eds. 2020. Exploring Science Communication. A Science and Technology Studies Approach. London: SAGE.

Felt, Ulrike, Rayvon Fouché, Clark A. Miller, and Laurel Smith-Doerr, eds. 2017. Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Felt, Ulrike 2021. "Making and taking time: Work, funding and assessment infrastructures in inter- and trans-disciplinary research". In Bianca Vienni Baptista and Julie Thompson Klein (eds.) Dynamics of inter- and trans-disciplinarity within institutions: Cultures and communities, spaces, and timeframes.


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My currently active research projects

  • BBMRI.AT #2 - Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure Austria #2 (BMBWF; 12/2018-11/2023
  • Europas Forschungsinfrastrukturen - Akteure der Integration (FWF; 01/2019 – 06/2023)
  • FutureArctic: A glimpse into the Arctic future: equipping a unique natural experiment for next-generation ecosystem research (Horizon 2020; 06/2019-11/2023)
  • Citizen-centred EU-EHR Xchange for personalised health (Horizon 2020; 01/2019-02-2023)
  • ICU4Covid: Cyber-Physical Intensive Care Medical System for Covid-19 (Horizon 2020; 01/2021-12/2022)
  • K.REX: Knowledge Recognition for Evidence eXtraction (FFG; 12/2019 - 11/2021)
  • Die Stadt als Wissensraum. Kartographie der dezentralen Wissenschaftsvermittlungsaktivitäten in Wien (MA7, Stadt Wien; 04/2021-06/2021)