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Current positions
2003 -
Dean for Teaching.
2001 -
Co-director of the research section "Technology and Innovativeness".
2000 -
Head of the institute of sociology.
Head of the interdisciplinary research center for technology and society.
1999 -
Full professor (C4) of sociology and social studies of technology at the Technische Universität Berlin.
Research interests
Social theory
(pragmatism, agency, technologies of society).
Technology studies
(social shaping of technologies, technographies of man-machine-program-constellations).
Innovation studies
(regimes, networks, tempi, and biographies of innovation).
Socionics
(distributed agency, hybrid systems, socio-technical design, ubiquitious computing).
Science studies
(knowledge regimes, styles of knowing).
Scientific background
2007
Resident fellow of the reserach group "Science in the Context of Application" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University.
2006 -
Member of the excellence cluster initiative "Human-Centric Communication", TU Berlin with computer science and electrical engineering.
2006
One-year personal grant for research (DFG) "Technology-in-Action: Distributed Agency in Hybrid Constellations" with visits at SUNY,Dewey Center, Stanford, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Berkeley.
2005
Invited guest professor at Stanford University, Department of History (of Technology and Science) and SCANCOR.
1999-2005
Co-founder of the research program "Socionics - Inquiring and Modelling of Artificial Societies" (DFG).
1991-1999
Full Professor (C 3) of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin).
1996
Head of the Institute of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty
1993-2002
Member of the postgraduate-college "Comparing Societies: From a Historical, Ethnological, and Sociological Perspective" (DFG).
1990
Appointment to the position of a full professor for "Science Studies" at the University of Nürnberg/Erlangen: not accepted.
1988
Habilitation at the University of Bielefeld: "A Sociological Perspective on Technology" (Gert Schmidt, Peter Weingart, Burkart Lutz, Niklas Luhmann) venia legendi: Sociology.
1984-1990
Managing editor of the "Zeitschrift für Soziologie".
1981
Dissertation: "Social Dynamics of Technological Development" (Gert Schmidt, Claus Offe).
1978-1984
Lecturer at the faculty of sociology at Bielefeld University (organization and technology studies), co-founder and managing director of the research center "Future of Work".
1975-1978
Research assistant at the Sociological Research Insitute (SOFI) in Göttingen (industrial sociology, sociology of work).
1974-1975
Research fellow at the management school of Northwestern University, Ill., Chicago and at Bielefeld University.
1973
Diploma in sociology, Bielefeld University (Peter Weingart, Niklas Luhmann).
Research projects/grants
2007
"Technology in Action"(DFG).
2006
"Personal Information Assistants for Scientific Communities"(e-science, BMFT).
2006
"Social Aspects of Cooperating Objects Technologies", International Workshop (Roadmap-Project, EU).
2004-2007
"The Anthropological Difference of Consciousness: Comparing Humans and Animals" (DFG), under the direction of PD. Dr. Gesa Lindemann.
2004
"Innovation and Diversity - Epistemic and Institutional Changes in the Knowledge Society", (International Conference, Volkswagen Foundation).
2002-2004
"On the Threshold of Urban Panopticon? Social Impacts of Video-Surveillance in Five Countries" (EU).
2001-2004
"Routines and Risks in Socio-Technical Systems" (Research cluster on "Cooperation and Safety in High-Tech Systems: The Case of Surgery",TU Berlin).
1999-2005
"Integration of Cooperative Agents in Complex Organizations"(Socionics, DFG).
1989-1992
"The Construction and the Implementation of Expert Systems - Effects on Knowledge, Communication, and Organization" (TA, BMFT).
1989-1990
"The Rise of High Technologies and the Paradigm of Communication" (BMFT).
1987-1989
"Computer Use in Everyday Life - Its Social and Cultural Consequences" (NRW-Program "Man and Technology - Sozialverträgliche Technikentwicklung").
1985-1986
"Organizational Strategies of Product Innovation" (University of Bielefeld).

As Research assistant

1975-1978
"Problems of Un-Qualified Work" (SOFI Göttingen, Humanization of Work, BMFT).
1973-1974
"Technology and the Institutionalization of Scientific Work in High Energy Physics" (University of Bielefeld, Science Studies, Pilot-Study at CERN, Chicago, New York and Washington, Volkswagen Foundation).
1973
"Technology in History and Society" (Volkswagen Foundation).
Professional activities
2006-
Evaluation committee of the German Wissenschaftsrat (WR).
2002-2007
Evaluation committee of SFB "Reflexive Modernization" (DFG).
2002-
Scientific advisory board of the Berlin science center of the social sciences.
1999-
Society of the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE).
1994-
European Association of Science and Technology Studies (EASST).
1993-1997
Management committee COST A4 "Social Shaping of Technologies" (EU).
1992-1997
Head of the section "Science and Technology Studies" of the German society of sociology (DGS).

International cooperation

International cooperation
Stanford University, SCANCOR (Walter W. Powell).
University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology (Paul Rabinow).
Southern Illinois University, Dewey Center (Larry Hickman).
State University New York (SUNY, Don Ihde, Wolf Schäfer).
San Francisco University, Sociology of Medicine (Adele Clarke).
University of Santa Cruz (Geoff Bowker, Susan L. Star).
University of Edinburgh (Robin Williams, Alexandru Preda).
University of Twente (Arie Rip, Stefan Kuhlmann).
Austrian Academy of the Sciences, (Technology Assessment, Michael Nentwich).
TA-Swiss und ETH Zürich (Alfred Kündig).

Editorships

Editorships
2007-2009
Managing Editor of "SOZIOLOGISCHE REVUE".
2004-2009
Editor of "SOZIOLOGISCHE REVUE".
1984-1990
Managing Editor of "ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR SOZIOLOGIE".
1982-2000
Editor of the Yearbooks "TECHNIK UND GESELLSCHAFT".
1979-1982
Editor of "MEHRWEHRT. Zeitschrift für politische Ökonomie".

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