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Gregor Wolbring

Dr. Gregor Wolbring

Scientific staff
Research area Innovation processes and impacts of technology
Phone: +49 721 608-28548 (ITAS-Sekretariat)
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Diploma in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and at the University College London, UK. Diploma 1989; PhD 1992 at University of Frankfurt a.M. and Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt a.M. , Germany; topic: protein kinase A and C and phosphatase 2A in bovine rod outer segments. Supervisors: Prof. Hartmut Michel and Dr. Neil Cook (both Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt a. M., Germany).

Professional background

1992 - 1998 Post-Doc, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics; Supervisor: Prof. Schnetkamp
1998 - 2008 Research Associate University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics (topic: thalidomide)
1998 - 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Dept. of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, Canada
2002 - 2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Dossetor Health Ethic Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2005 - 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
since 2014 Member of scientific staff at ITAS

Current positions

since 2008 Primary Position: Associate Professor in Department of Community Health Sciences, Stream Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Assistant Professor 2008-2012
since 2013 Visiting Professor of Ability Expectation and Ableism Studies American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN); Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medicine), USA
since 2011 Fellow: Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, Canada
since 2008 Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Critical Disability Studies, York University, Canada
since 2007 Part Time Professor Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
since 2005 Affiliated Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, USA

Fields of work

  • Ability expectation and Ableism Studies (short ability studies)
  • Disability studies
  • Technology assessment of social robotics, brain machine interfaces, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, human enhancement
  • Sustainability
  • Energy, water, climate change policies
  • Aging well
  • Human security (food, water, ability....)
  • Peace studies
  • Determinants of health, global health, health technology assessment, law, care and policies
  • Bioethic issues
  • Sport
  • More about me at http://www.crds.org/research/faculty/Gregor_Wolbring2.shtml and about my research group at http://www.crds.org/research/faculty/Gregor_Wolbring.shtml.

Selected external publications

The below are selected publications from 2013. All Publications and most up to date version of the publication list see http://www.crds.org/research/faculty/Gregor_Wolbring2.shtml.

Wolbring, G.
Ecohealth through an ability studies and disability studies lens. In: Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health, Gislason, M. K., Ed. Emerald: London, UK, 2013; Vol. 15, pp. 91-107

Noga, J.; Wolbring, G.
The Oil and Gas Discourse from the Perspective of the Canadian and Albertan Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Oil and Gas Industry. Energies 2014, 7 (1), pp. 314-333

Wolbring, G.
'Culture of Peace' from an Ability and Disability Studies Lens. In: Expanding Peace Ecology: Peace, Security, Sustainability, Equity and Gender; Perspectives of IPRA’s Ecology and Peace Commission, Oswald Spring, U.; Brauch, H.-G.; Tidball, K., Eds. Springer: New York, 2013; Vol. 12, p. 193

Wolbring, G.; Diep, L.; Yumakulov, S.; Ball, N.; Leopatra, V.; Yergens, D.
Emerging Therapeutic Enhancement Enabling Health Technologies and Their Discourses: What Is Discussed within the Health Domain? In: Healthcare 2013, 1 (1), pp. 20-52

Abdulla, B.; Wolbring G.
Analysis of newspaper coverage of active aging through the lens of the 2002 World Health Organization report Active Ageing: a policy framework and the 2010 Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action. In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2013, 10(12), pp. 6799-6819

Wolbring, G.; Mackay, R.; Rybchinski, T.; Noga, J.
Disabled People and the Post-2015 Development Goal Agenda through a Disability Studies Lens. In: Sustainability 2013, 5 (10), pp.4152-4182

Wolbring, G.; Rybchinski, T.
Social Sustainability and Its Indicators through a Disability Studies and an Ability Studies Lens. In: Sustainability 2013, 5 (11), pp. 4889-4907

Recent publications

Maia, M.J.F.; Wolbring, G.
Complementarity between health technology assessment and parliamentary technology assessment. Vortrag auf der 2nd European TA Conference "The next horizon of technology assessment", Berlin, 25.-27.02.2015 - Book of Abstracts


List of publications at ITAS