Univ.-Prof. Sarah Davies, BSc MSc PhD


eMail: sarah.davies@univie.ac.at


Sarah R. Davies is Professor of Technosciences, Materiality, & Digital Cultures at the Department of Science and Technology Studies. Her work explores how science and society are co-produced – how society defines the conditions of scientific research, and how science is present in wider society. The ‘red thread’ of the digital and digitisation runs throughout. She has written about hackers and hackerspaces, how scientists experience the conditions of contemporary academia, and science communication formats such as science festivals or museums.

Her PhD (2008) was carried out at Imperial College London. Since then her career has been highly international: she has worked in the UK, US, Denmark (as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow, before becoming associate professor) and Norway. She has published a number of books, including Hackerspaces (2017, Polity), Science Communication (2016, Palgrave, with Maja Horst), and Exploring Science Communication (2020, SAGE, with Ulrike Felt). She is a co-founder of the Science in Public conference series, sits on the scientific committee of the International Network for the Public Communication of Science and Technology, and has given more than 20 invited keynote talks and public lectures across Denmark, Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria, the US, UK, Germany, and France since 2014.

Current Research Interests

Davies’ current work includes involvement in the European project QUEST and in the project ‘Understanding gender imbalances among university professors: the shaping and reshaping of epistemic living spaces’ (GENDIM), coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. More generally she works on:

  • Critical studies of science communication, public engagement with science (including activism and protest), and amateur science;
  • Public interactions with digitised science and technology, including science on social media, subversion and negotiation of 'datafication', and data subjectivities;
  • The contemporary conditions of academic work and knowledge production
  • Digitisation within scientific knowledge production, including studies of data deluges, the co-production of digital technologies and academic work, and mundane use of digital tools.


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Davies SR. Scientists’ Duty to Communicate: Exploring Ethics, Public Communication, and Scientific Practice. in Priest S, Goodwin J, Dahlstrom M, Hrsg., Ethics and Practice in Science Communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2018. 9

Selin C, Rawlings KC, de Ridder-Vignone K, Sadowski J, Altamirano Allende C, Gano G et al. Experiments in engagement: Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building. Public Understanding of Science. 2017 Aug;26(6):634-649. doi.org/10.1177/0963662515620970

Horst M, Davies SR, Irwin A. Reframing Science Communication. in Felt U, Fouché R, Miller CA, Smith-Doerr L, Hrsg., The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge: MIT Press. 2016

Davies S, Horst M. Science Communication: Culture, Identity and Citizenship. 1 Aufl. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Davies SR, Selin C, Rodegher S, Allende CA, Burnam-Fink M, DiVittorio C et al. Studying Emerge: Findings from an event ethnography. Futures. 2015 Jun;70:75-85. doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2014.05.003

Davies SR. In Defence of Chaos, Silence and Boredom: Thinking about the Non- Discursive in Public Engagement. in Bowman D, Dijkstra AM, Fautz C, Guivant JS, Konrad K, Van Lente H, Woll S, Hrsg., Practices of Innovation and Responsibility: Insights from Methods, Governance and Action. IOS Press. 2015. S. 19-29. (Studies of New and Emerging Technologies, Band 6).

Davies SR, Horst M. Responsible Innovation in the US, UK and Denmark: Governance Landscapes. in Koops B-J, Oosterlaken I, Romijn H, Swierstra T, Hoven JVD, Hrsg., Responsible Innovation 2: Concepts, Approaches, and Applications. Springer International Publishing AG . 2015. S. 37-56 doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17308-5_3

Davies SR, Glerup C, Horst M. On Being Responsible: Multiplicity in Responsible Development. in Arnaldi S, Ferrari A, Magaudda P, Marin F, Hrsg., Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development. Springer Netherlands. 2014. S. 143-159. (The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology, Band 13). doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9103-8_9

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