Stefan Böschen

photo by Jana Hambitzer

Professor Stefan Böschen is one of the two directors of c:o/re. He holds the “Society and Technology” chair at the Human Technology Center (HumTec), RWTH Aachen University. He is a spokesperson for HumTec and Rector’s Delegate for Leonardo, an awarded project at the same university, which aims to foster interdisciplinarity, responsibility and participation in academic teaching. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. From 2009 to 2010 he stood-in for the chair of Sociology of Science at Bielefeld University. After working at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at Karlsruher Institute of Technology, he became Chair of Society and Technology at RWTH Aachen University in 2018. Stefan Böschen is also chairman of the Committee for Risk Research and Risk Perception at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and a member of the research project group on interdisciplinary reflections on science at the German Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina. His research encompasses science and technology studies, technology assessment, collaborative research and innovation action, knowledge and democracy.

Selected publications

Böschen, Stefan, Grunwald, A., Krings, B.-J., Rösch, Chr. (eds.) 2021. Technology Assessment. Handbook for research and practice. Baden-Baden: Nomos. (In German)

Koehrsen, J., Dickel, S., Pfister, T., Rödder, S., Böschen, S., Wendt, B. & Henkel, A. 2020. Climate change in sociology: Still silent or resonating?. Current Sociology 68(6), 738-760.

Schwetje, Th., Hauser, Chr., Böschen, S., Leßmöllmann, A. 2020. Communicating science in higher education and research institutions. An organization communication perspective on science communication. In Journal of Communication Management 24(3), S. 189-205.

Böschen, S., Legris, M., Pfersdorf, S., Stahl, B.C. 2020. Identity Politics: Participatory Research and Its Challenges Related to Social and Epistemic Control. In Social Epistemology 34(4), S. 382-394.

Böschen, Stefan. 2019. TA at the crossroads: Politics of TA from the viewpoint of societal problem solving. In Technological Forecasting and Social Change 139, S. 42-47.

Elixhauser, S.; Böschen, S.; Vogel, K. 2018. Meshworks and the Making of Climate Places in the European Alps. A Framework for Ethnographic Research on the Perceptions of Climate Change. In Nature & Culture 13(2), S. 281-307.
Dimbath, O.; Böschen, S. 2017. Forms of articulating Epistemic Critique: the Necessity and Virtue of Internal Skepticism in Academia. In Science & Technology Studies 30(1), S. 40-50.

Böschen, Stefan. 2013. Modes of constructing evidence: Sustainable development as social experimentation-The cases of chemical regulations and climate change

Böschen Stefan, Kastenhofer K, Rust I, Soentgen J, Wehling P. 2010. Scientific Nonknowledge and Its Political Dynamics: The Cases of Agri-Biotechnology and Mobile Phoning. Science, Technology, & Human Values. 35(6): 783-811.politics. Nature and Culture8(1), 74-96.

Böschen, Stefan, Kastenhofer, K., Marschall, L., Rust, I., Soentgen, J., & Wehling, P. 2006. Scientific cultures of non-knowledge in the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO): the cases of molecular biology and ecology. GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 15(4), 294-301.