Team Members

Thomas Buocz

University of Graz

Thomas Buocz is a research associate in Professor Iris Eisenberger’s team since May 2020. His main interests and research areas are technology and innovation law, media law, constitutional law and legal theory. At the Institute of Law, he works within the Horizion2020 research project SCALINGS. He studied law at the University of Vienna and has already worked in Iris Eisenberger’s team both at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna and at the Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Iris Eisenberger

University of Graz

Iris Eisenberger is a Professor of Public Law and European Economic Law at the University of Graz. Her research focus includes technology law, public economic law, and the protection of fundamental and human rights. After obtaining her PhD in Law from the University of Graz, Austria, and a Master of Science in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, she received her Habilitation for Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and the related fields of European Union Law for her book on “Innovation in the Law” from the University of Vienna in 2014. After her time as a faculty member at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law, University of Vienna, she held a position as Professor of Law and Head of the Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, from January 2016 until February 2020.

Ulrike Felt

University of Vienna

Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies since 1999, and Head of the Departement of Science and Technology Studies and of the research platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice. After having finished her PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Vienna in 1983, she worked for nearly five years in an interdisciplinary research team of science historians at the European Center for High Energy Physics (CERN) in Geneva studying social, political and scientific aspects in the foundation period of this first big European research institution. During this period her research interests moved into the field of science and technology studies (STS). After her stay at CERN she returned to Vienna, where she took up a position at the newly founded Institute for Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science headed by Helga Nowotny. In 1997 she received her habilitation in Science Studies/Sociology of Sciences.

Luca Elisa Lindner

University of Vienna

Luca Elisa Lindner is a graduate student based in Vienna. She currently finishes the STS Master’s program at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna. Her research interests lie at the intersection of (scientific) expertise, policymaking and civil society, particularly in relation to drug policy, research, and use. She currently works at the STS Department Vienna in the EU Horizon 2020 project Smart4Health, in the context of which she contributes to the development of a citizen-centered digital health platform in an interdisciplinary team.

Nikolaus Pöchhacker

University of Graz

Nikolaus Pöchhacker is currently a University Assistant in the team of Prof. Iris Eisenberger. Before his academic life, he worked as an IT professional. He studied Sociology (BA), Computer Science (EC), and Science and Technology Studies (MA) at the University of Vienna. From 2013 to 2016 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, where he was involved in several projects on RRI. From 2016 to 2020 he was a researcher and Ph.D. student in the Digital/Media/Lab at MCTS, Technical University of Munich, where he investigated the social dimensions of digital technologies and algorithms. In his work he is researching the relationship between democratic institutions, social order, and algorithmic systems in various domains, bringing together perspectives from Media Theory, STS, Computer Science, and Sociology. Most recently, he is exploring the impact of algorithmic procedures and digital legal technologies on the legal system.

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