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Christoph Schneider

Dr. rer. soc. Christoph Schneider, M.A.

Scientific staff
Research area Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Room: 415
Phone: +49 721 608-24615
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


2007 - 2010 Studies in Sociology and Educational Planning and Instructional Design (B.A.) at Freiburg University.
2010 - 2011 Studies of Sociology at Lancaster University (M.A.). Title of masters thesis “Smartphones: circulating possibilities”
2017 Awarded PhD at Technical University of Munich with distinction. “Opening digital fabrication: transforming TechKnowledgies

Professional background

2012 - 2017 Scientific staff member Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis
2017 - 2018 Scientific staff at Munich Center for Technology in Society
since 2018 Consultant for digital-social innovation
since 2019 Scientific staff member Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

Current positions

Fields of work

My research focuses on the emerging relationships between society, science, politics and the economy due to digitization. I think that technology assessment has to participate in the democratic shaping of these relationships and needs to be relevant to different fields of practice. This needs a view towards possible futures and the possibilities of the present for change. But it also needs engaged and participatory forms of research. Concretely this means:

  • How is our knowledge changing due to digitization and how can we expand on human strengths such as imagination, creativity and collaboration to shape our digital future.
  • How do we achieve new forms of embedding science in society?
  • How can we use digital technologies for the common good?
  • How can we democratically shape the technological jump that we are living through?
  • How can technology assessment become more strong in co-shaping societal futures?

On the internet

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Selected external publications

Dickel, S., Schneider, C., Thiem, C., Wenten, K.-A. (2019)
Engineering Publics: The Different Modes of Civic Technoscience. Science & Technology Studies 32(2), https://doi.org/10.23987/sts.59587

Christoph Schneider (2018)
Opening digital fabrication: transforming TechKnowledgies. KIT Scientific Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.5445/KSP/1000083485

Dobroc, P.; Krings, B.-J.; Schneider, C.; Wulf, N.
Alternativen als Programm. Plädoyer für einen Perspektivenwechsel in der Technikfolgenabschätzung. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 27(2018)1, S. 28-33, DOI: 10.14512/tatup.27.1.28

List of publications at ITAS