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Andreas Lösch

PD Dr. Andreas Lösch

Scientific staff
Research area Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Room: 402
Phone: +49 721 608-22505
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


University studies of sociology, history, and philosophy in Freiburg and Berlin. 1995 German university degree "Diplom" in sociology and 2000 doctorate, Dr. phil. at Freie Universität Berlin. 2010 habilitation in sociology at TU Darmstadt. Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis on the formation and the regulation of nanotechnology.

Professional background

1997 - 2000 Doctoral fellowship from Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
2000 - 2001 Visiting lecturer at the universities of Innsbruck (AT), Paderborn, and Freiburg
2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral fellowship at the DFG research training group “Technology and Society”, TU Darmstadt
2003 - 2007 Postdoctoral research assistant and project leader at the sociology department and the Centre for Interdiciplinary Studies in Technology / nano office, TU Darmstadt
2008 - 2010 DFG senior research fellow at Programm Wissenschaftsforschung, University of Basel (CH) and at the sociology department, TU-Darmstadt
2010 - 2011 Visiting Professor of Sociology and Political Science at University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt and project manager at the science studies unit, University of Basel (CH) (October of 2011 to September of 2013 scientific consultant)
since 2011 Member of scientific staff at ITAS, senior researcher

Current projects and positions

Fields of work

  • Sociology of knowledge, science, and technology
  • Vision- and leitbild assessment
  • Formation, transformation, and governance of technological fields (e. g. nanotechnology, the energy system)
  • Qualitative research methods: discourse-, media-, image analysis, expert interviews, case studies)

Selected publications outside of ITAS

Lösch, A.
Technologien jenseits ihrer Regulierbarkeit. Soziologische Fallstudien zur Formierung und Regierung der Nanotechnologie. Habilitation thesis, TU-Darmstadt (accepted in February 2010).

Lösch, A.
Visual Dynamics: The Defuturization of the Popular 'Nano-Discourse' as an Effect of Increasing Economization. In: Kaiser, M.; Kurath, M.; Maasen, S.; Rehmann-Sutter, C. (eds.): Governing Future Technologies: Nanotechnology and the Rise of an Assessment Regime. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook 27. Dordrecht et al.: Springer 2010: pp. 89-108.

Gammel, S; Lösch, A.; Nordmann, A. (eds.)
Jenseits von Regulierung: Zum politischen Umgang mit der Nanotechnologie. Heidelberg: AKA 2009.

Lösch, A.
Anticipating the Futures of Nanotechnology: Visionary Images as Means of Communication. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management (TASM), 18, 3/4, 2006: pp. 393-409.

Lösch, A.
Means of Communicating Innovations. A Case Study for the Analysis and Assessment of Nanotechnology's Futuristic Visions. Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, 2, 2006, pp.103-126.

Lösch, A.
Genomprojekt und Moderne. Soziologische Analysen des bioethischen Diskurses. Kultur der Medizin Vol. 3 Frankfurt/M., New York: Campus 2001 (corresponds to dissertation)

Recent publications

Lösch, A.; Heil, R.; Schneider, C.
Visions as socio-epistemic practices shaping the present. Vortrag auf der 4s/EASST Conference Barcelona 2016, Spanien, 31.08.-03.09.2016

Lösch, A.; Heil, R.; Schneider, C.
Visions as socio-epistemic practices: a concept to analyze the effects of visions. Vortrag auf dem 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, Wien, Österreich, 14.07.2016

Lösch, A.; Schneider, C.
Transforming power/knowledge apparatuses: the smart grid in the German energy transition. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (2016), publ. online, DOI: 10.1080/13511610.2016.1154783
Abstract englisch/htm Manuskript/pdf

Lösch, A.; Böhle, K.; Coenen, Chr.; Ferrari, A.; Heil, R.; Dobroc, P.; Sand, M.; Schneider, C.
Leitbilder und Visionen als sozio-epistemische Praktiken. Theoretische Fundierung und praktische Anwendung des Vision Assessment in der Technikfolgenabschätzung. Vortrag beim Statuskolloquium des Helmholtzprogramms "Technologie, Innovation und Gesellschaft (TIG)", Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, 22.-23.02.2016

Ferrari, A.; Lösch, A.
How smart grid meets in vitro meat: on socio-epistemic practices of visioneering. Vortrag auf der 1st International Conference on Anticipation, Trento, Italien, 05.-07.11.2015

Ferrari, A.; Coenen, Chr.; Lösch, A.
Exploring the role of visions in new and emerging technologies. Vortrag auf der S.NET Conference 2015 "From nanotechnologies to emerging technologies: towards a global responsibility", Montreal, Kanada, 18.-21.10.2015

Böschen, S.; Hahn, J.; Lösch, A.; Scherz, C.; Schneider, C.
Trading zones on and through objects: the regulative capacity of knowledge objects in the governance of knowledge societies. Vortrag auf der Tagung SPIRAL "Trading Zones", Liege, Belgien, 15.-16.10.2015

Schneider, C.; Lösch, A.
What about your futures, Technology Assessment? An Essay on how to take the visions of TA seriously, motivated by the PACITA conference. Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis 24(2015)2, S. 70-74
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List of publications at ITAS