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Alexander Wentland

 Alexander Wentland
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Technische Universität Berlin
Fakultät VI: Planen Bauen Umwelt
Institut für Soziologie




Contact:
TU München / MCTS
Arcisstr. 21
80333 Munich, Germany

 

Profile

Alexander Wentland is a researcher in the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich, where he works on projects concerning travelling imaginaries of innovation and contemporary technopolitics. Alexander’s research focuses on innovation, sustainability transitions, and mobility futures. In his thesis at the Technical University of Berlin, he examined the relationship between political discourse, local assemblages and cultural imagination related to the electrification of transportation in Germany. Alexander is also affiliated with the Science Policy Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University

 

Research interests:

  • Governance and practice of innovation
  • Sociotechnical imaginaries, futures, utopias
  • Mobility, transportation, infrastructures
  • Energy and society
  • Risk and vulnerability

 

Curriculum vitae:

2016
Research Associate at Chair of Innovation Research, MCTS Munich
Since August 2015
Associated Researcher at the “Innovation Society Today” Graduate School
Since 2012
PhD student at the “Innovation Society Today” Graduate School 
Since 2009
Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
2007 – 2009
Master of Arts in sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City
2004 – 2010
Magister Artium in political science, sociology and philosophy at the TU Dresden, Germany

 

Publications:

Lösch, Andreas, Knut Böhle, Christopher Coenen, Paulina Dobroc, Arianna Ferrari, Reinhard Heil, Dirk Hommrich, Martin Sand, Armin Grunwald, Sascha Dickel, Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer, and Alexander Wentland. 2016. Technikfolgenabschätzung von soziotechnischen Zukünften (Reihe Diskussionspapiere des Instituts für Technikzukünfte 03, No. Text. Karlsruhe: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).

Wentland, Alexander. 2016. “Imagining and enacting the future of the German energy transition: Electric vehicles as grid infrastructure.” Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 29(3):285–302. doi:10.1080/13511610.2016.1159946.

Wentland, Alexander, and Andreas Knie. 2015. “Responsivität beim Verwerten von Wissenschaft.” Pp. 133–76 in Science studies, Die Responsivität der Wissenschaft: Wissenschaftliches Handeln in Zeiten neuer Wissenschaftspolitik, edited by H. Matthies, D. Simon, and M. Torka. 1st ed. Bielefeld: transcript.

Simon, Dagmar, Weert Canzler, Tim Flink, Anna Froese, Silke Gülker, Denis Hänzi, Elke Hagemann, Andreas Knie, Hildegard Matthies, Natalie Mevissen, Jan-Christoph Rogge, Simon Roßmann, Patricia Schulz, Marc Torka, and Alexander Wentland. 2012. Wissenschaft in veränderten Umwelten - Mikrostrukturen institutionellen Wandels: Zur programmatischen Orientierung der Forschungsgruppe Wissenschaftspolitik (WZB Discussion Paper SP III 2012-601. Berlin: WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

Wentland, Alexander, Andreas Knie, Lisa Ruhrort, Dagmar Simon, Jürgen Egeln, Birgit Aschhoff, and Christoph Grimpe. 2012. Forschen in getrennten Welten: Konkurrierende Orientierungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft in der Biotechnologie. Vol. 103. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Canzler, Weert, Alexander Wentland, and Dagmar Simon. 2011. Wie entstehen neue Innovationsfelder?: Vergleich der Formierungs- und Formungsprozesse in der Biotechnologie und Elektromobilität (WZB Discussion Paper SP III 2011-601. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.

Wentland, Alexander, Andreas Knie, and Dagmar Simon. 2011. Warum aus Forschern keine Erfinder werden: Innovationshemmnisse im deutschen Wissenschaftssystem am Beispiel der Biotechnologie (WZBrief Bildung 17. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.

 

Recent conference papers:

13.09.2016 “Disruptable technology: cybersecurity in the transformation of energy infrastructures.” Presentation at the 3rd Energy & Society Network Conference “Transforming Energy for Society” in Leipzig, Germany.

06.11.2015 “Beyond electric cars: Visioneering future mobility, infrastructures, and markets through the electrification of transportation.” Presentation at the 1st International Conference on Anticipation in Trento, Italy.

18.09.2015 “Dreamscapes of mobility: Modernist visions of electrified transportation and its contestants.” Presentation at the Workshop Urban STS: Assembling New Perspectives in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

Recent workshops:

01.09.2016 “Framing of emerging technologies as a strategic device.” Track convener at 4S/EASST Joint Conference “Science & Technology by Other Means” in Barcelona, Spain.

09.05.2016 “Reassembling transportation: STS perspectives on mobility infrastructures, practices, and politics.” Track convener at 15th Annual STS Conference Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies in Graz, Austria.

 

Links:

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