Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Peter Hocke-Bergler

Dr. Peter Hocke-Bergler

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe

Current positions

  • Since January 2020 Head of research group “Radioactive Waste Management as a Socio-Technical Project” (EndFo)
  • Since October 2019 member of the council of the BMWi research network TRANSENS (Transdisciplinary Research on the Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste in Germany) and head of the transdisciplinary work package HAFF (Ability to Act and Flexibility in a Reversible Process).
  • 2014 to 2017 member of the council of the BMBF research network ENTRIA (Disposal Options for Radioactive Residues: Interdisciplinary Analyses and Development of Evaluation Principles) and head of the work package “Governance between expert knowledge, public protest and governmental action”.
  • Since 2006, member of the BMU expert group ESchT (“Expertengruppe Schweizer Tiefenlager”)
  • Since 2014, ITAS representative at the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Endlagerforschung (DAEF)
  • 2012 - 2015 German delegate at the Nuclear Development Council of the OECD-NEA, Paris

Fields of work

  • Technology assessment and social science research on nuclear waste
  • Mass media and nanotechnology
  • Conflicts and collective action of experts

Current projects

  • Transdisciplinary research on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste in Germany (TRANSENS)
    Description of ITAS project in TRANSENS
    Official website of TRANSENS project
  • Methods and measures to deal with socio-technical challenges in storage and disposal of radioactive waste (SOTEC-radio)
    project description
  • Public participation in the siting procedure for a final repository: challenges of a cross-generational, self-reflecting and learning procedure
    project description
  • BMBF project ENTRIA (“Disposal options for radioactive waste. Interdisciplinary analyses and development of a criteria-based preliminary evaluation of the main options”)
    Description of the ITAS project in ENTRIA
    Official website of the ENTRIA project (German)
  • Conflicts and barriers in decision-making with respect to nuclear waste management. Effects of deliberative procedures in internationally comparing perspectives
    project description

Professional background

1983 - 1991 Studies of political sciences, philosophy, and sociology at the university of Regensburg and at Freie Universität Berlin; promotion at the “Department of Political and Social Sciences”, Freie Universität Berlin
1991 - 1996 Member of scientific staff in the department “Öffentlichkeit und soziale Bewegungen” (public sphere and social movements) at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
since 2001 Member of scientific staff at ITAS
2006 - 2013 Head of the editorial staff of the journal “Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis” (TATuP)

Recent publications

Book Chapters
Hocke, P.; Brunnengräber, A.
Multi-Level Governance of Nuclear Waste Disposal. Conflicts and Contradictions in the German Decision Making System.
2019. Conflicts, Participation and Acceptability in Nuclear Waste Governance. An international comparison. Vol. 3. Ed.: A. Brunnengräber, 383–401, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 
Journal Articles
Kuppler, S.; Hocke, P.
The role of long-term planning in nuclear waste governance.
2019. Journal of risk research, 22 (11), 1343–1356. doi:10.1080/13669877.2018.1459791
Conference Papers
Hocke, P.; Kuppler, S.
Die Beteiligung der Öffentlichkeit bei der Suche nach einem Endlager: Ein problemorientierter Blick in die Schweiz.
2019. 15. Deutsches Atomrechtssymposium. Veranstaltet vom Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit zusammen mit Martin Burgi. Hrsg.: M. Burgi, 299–309, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 

Publications at ITAS

List of publications