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).

Selected Publications

  • 2018: Pfeffer, J., Mayer, K., & Morstatter, F.. Tampering with Twitter’s Sample API. EPJ Data Science, 7(1), 50.
  • 2018: Mahrenbach, L. C., Mayer, K., & Pfeffer, J.. Policy visions of big data: views from the Global South. Third World Quarterly, 39(10), 1861-1882.
  • 2018: Mayer, Katja, Sabina Leonelli, Kim Holmberg, and Frank Miedema. Mutual Learning Exercise: Open Science — Altmetrics and Rewards. European Commission.
  • 2017: Lupu, Mihai, Katja Mayer, Noriko Kando, and Anthony Trippe. Current Challenges in Patent Information Retrieval. Springer.
  • 2016: Mayer, Katja. Netzwerkvisualisierungen. Anmerkungen zur visuellen Kultur der Historischen Netzwerkforschung. In Handbuch Historische Netzwerkforschung. LIT Verlag: 211.
  • 2016: Mayer, Katja and Eduard Aibar. "Open Science in Practice - STS Approaches to Open Cultures in Research." EASST Review, 35(4).
  • 2016: Mayer, Katja and Lisa Sigl. Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice. OEAD News, 101 (Oct. 2016), 10–13.
  • 2015: Morstatter, Fred, Jürgen Pfeffer, Katja Mayer, and Huan Liu. "Text, Topics, and Turkers: A Consensus Measure for Statistical Topics." In Proceedings of the 26th ACM Conference on Hypertext & Social Media. ACM: 123–131.