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Research group “Socio-Technical Futures and Policies” (STZP)

Socio-technical transformation processes, which are currently taking place at regional and global levels at the interfaces between science, politics, and society, challenge technology assessment (TA) as science and knowledge policy. Against this background, TA is increasingly confronted with uncertain, controversial, and at the same time effective socio-technical futures (visions, utopias, imaginaries). TA has to face the challenges to adapt to new socio-technical problems on the one hand and position itself in changed constellations of knowledge policy all over the world on the other hand.

The research group aims at

  • the systematic development of concepts and methods of vision assessment and the expansion of its empirical fields to be able to assess the effectiveness of socio-technical futures in transformation processes,
  • the alignment of theories and methods for identifying and dealing with socio-technical problems to new problem situations, as well as the development of formats for implementing sustainable transformations and
  • the investigation of options for the knowledge policy-related positioning of TA in the global science-policy constellation and the establishment of appropriate policy networks.
Head of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Andreas Lösch
PD Dr. +49 721 608-22505 andreas loeschNhs6∂kit edu

Members of research group
Portrait Title Name Phone E-Mail
Dr. +49 721 608-24553 paula boegelFbt4∂kit edu
Christian Büscher
Dr. Dipl.-Soz. +49 721 608-23181 christian buescherQtb7∂kit edu
lic. phil., M.A. +49 721 608-28090 paulina dobrocTsn3∂kit edu
Julia Hahn
Dr. +49 30 40750493 julia hahnLhl0∂kit edu
Leonhard Hennen
Dr. +49 228 30818-34 leonhard hennenGxu7∂kit edu
Isabel Kusche
PD Dr. +49 721 608-22549 isabel kuscheMhe8∂kit edu
Miltos Ladikas
Dr. +49 30 40750492 miltos ladikasUot4∂kit edu
Max Roßmann
M.A. +49 721 608-28057 max rossmannAss8∂kit edu
Christoph Schneider
Dr. rer. soc. M.A. +49 721 608-24615 christoph schneiderHsx1∂kit edu
Samanthi Silva
M.Sc. +49 30 40750493 samanthi silvaOgk3∂kit edu
Ulrich Ufer
Dr. +49 721 608-26014 ulrich uferOfs0∂kit edu

Current projects
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