Über PSR /About PSR

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Petra Schaper Rinkel ist Vizerektorin für Digitalisierung und Professorin für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung an der Universität Graz.

Als Innovationsforscherin und Politikwissenschaftlerin hat sie praktisch und theoretisch zu aktuellen und vergangenen Zukünften geforscht. Ein Schwerpunkt ihrer Forschung sind die Praxen des ,Zukunft-Machens‘ –  Utopien, Partizipative Zukunftsprozesse, Zukunftstechnologien, Szenarien und Meta-Narrative der Zukunft. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Digitalisierung,  Innovationsforschung, Methoden zur Antizipation von Zukunft (Foresight), Innovationspolitik auf Europäischer Ebene und die gesellschaftliche Gestaltung von Zukunftstechnologien (Digitalisierung, Nanotechnologie, Künstliche Intelligenz).  Ihre Publikationen und Vorträge verbinden   gesellschaftstheoretische Fragen mit Ansätzen der Gestaltung und Gestaltbarkeit von Digitalisierung & Zukunftstechnologien.

Publikationen / Publications:

Vorträge / Presentations

Gutachterin

  • für Zeitschriften  (Peer Review)

  • Technological Forecasting and Social Change
  • Foresight
  • Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft
  • Research Policy
  • STI-Studies
  • Technology Analysis & Strategic Management

    für die Europäische Kommission


  • Project review
  • Evaluator

About PSR

Petra Schaper Rinkel has been Vice-Rector for Digital Transformation at the University of Graz since 1 October 2019, where she is also  Professor of Science and Technology Studies .

From 2009 to 2019, she has been at the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, where she mainly has been responsible for EU projects on science, technology and innovation policy and foresight projects. At the AIT she was also responsible for the establishment of Foresight and Technology Assessment at the Austrian Parliament and responsible for the conceptual orientation and the programm development of the research field Societal Futures. Prior to joining AIT, she was a senior lecturer at the Technical University of Berlin and a principal investigator at Freie Universität Berlin. She earned her doctoral degree in 2003 from the Department of Political Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, writing on the interrelationship between European integration, digital transformation and networks of governance of science, technology and innovation on the European level. In addition to holding research positions and lecturer positions at Humboldt University, Freie Universität Berlin, Technical University of Berlin and the University of Innsbruck, she also designed and managed governmental programs to support microsystems and other technologies at VDI/VDE-IT, a project management organization commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Her current areas of research include

  • Innovation Policy & Governance of Emerging Technologies (including Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Technology, SynBio and Nanotechnology)
  • Societal Futures, Foresight, Anticipation, Foresight Methods and methods of forward looking activities
  • innovation, science and technology studies (STS), the political implications of emerging technologies,
  • Technology Assessment.

Other broader research interests include governance theories, governmentality, the political economy of emerging technologies, and the history of future thinking.

Main current research interests are:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Critical Futuring / Politics of future-making
  • Governance of Artificial Intelligence
  • Future of Research and Innovation
  • Responsible Research and Innovation