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, 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.