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Doctoral Students

Jessica Baier

e-mail: baierarl-net.de

Ann-Christin Bartels

e-mail: a.bartelsish.uni-hannover.de

Frerk Blome

e-mail: frerk.blomelcss.uni-hannover.de

Alex Fenton

e-mail: fentondzhw.eu

Grit Fisser

e-mail: g.fisserish.uni-hannover.de

Anna Erika Hägglund

e-mail: a.hagglundbath.ac.uk

Jennifer Henze

e-mail: henzeumwelt.uni-hannover.de

Sebastian Jakob

e-mail: sebastian.jakoblcss.uni-hannover.de

Topic of the dissertation:

Regulatory Science under Pressure? A Case Study of three Governmental
Research Agencies in Germany

My project revolves around the question of how Regulatory Science actors
deal with changed conditions of legitimacy. It derives from several key
developments in the last decades: (1) the improved flow of information via
the internet (Castells 2003); (2) scientification of society (Bell 1976;
Kreibich 1986); (3) the relativism of scientific knowledge through experts
and counter-experts; (4) the growing risks due to the development of modern
technologies (Beck 1986, 2007), and (5) the relativism of science through
science and society (Collins 1985; Jensen 2017). Considering these
assumptions, my research question is as follows: How do Regulatory Science
actors act to pressure for credibility and increasing accountability to the
public? To answer the question I will conduct a multi case study with three
GRAs in Germany.  

Regulatory Science is peculiar to Academic Science, because it differs in
several aspects from it. Mainly Jasanoff (1994) and Salter (1988) developed
the concept of Regulatory Science. At the heart of the approach is the
assumption that science used in policy-contexts is fundamentally different
from science without a direct mandate, so-called ‘pure research’. The main
differences are the audiences (governmental bodies vs. scientific
community), the time-frame (limited vs. open-ended) and the political
influences (mandated vs. independent) of the scientific work. In Germany,
actors in Regulatory Science are the Governmental Research Agencies (GRA)
that belongs to the ministries. The Federal Government defines tasks for the
GRAs like institutionalized and purpose-oriented in-house research in its
own facilities and) the formation and support of expert systems under the
principle of economy and expediency (Bundesregierung 2007).

GRAs are under public attack if their scientific knowledge contains
epistemic uncertainties and conflict in the same time with political, moral,
social or economic interests (Leuschner 2012). These can be topics of high
social relevance, but also very specific scientific sub-areas. This work
deals with these specialized areas, more precisely with the legitimation and
objectivity within Regulatory Science. Regulatory Science is all about
weighing political, moral, social and economic interests and come to an
assessment of uncertainties and risk. In three case studies, I will provide
information about the changing conditions of legitimation and the effects on
the work for GRAs in Germany.

Johanna Johannsen

e-mail: j.johannsenish.uni-hannover.de

Friederike Knoke

e-mail: friederike.knokelcss.uni-hannover.de

Dana Kretschmer

e-mail: dana.kretschmercells.uni-hannover.de

Anna Ewa Marczuk

e-mail: a.marczukish.uni-hannover.de

Björn Möller

e-mail: b.moellerhis-he.de

Katja Pomianowicz

Kontakt: katja.pomianowiczuni-jena.de

Michaela Pook-Kolb

e-mail: michaela.pook-kolblcss.uni-hannover.de

Vitus Püttmann

e-mail: vitus.puettmannlcss.uni-hannover.de

Topic of the dissertation:

On the Organization of University-Firm Collaborations – Forms and Their Determinants from a Transaction Cost Theory Perspective

Interactive forms of knowledge transfer between university researchers and firms have emerged as a crucial part of the innovation systems of contemporary societies. However, key features of these collaborations, including the ways in which they are organized, remain poorly understood to date. Focusing on consulting assignments, contract research projects and research collaborations, the dissertation project investigates a) which contractual features and governance mechanisms – that is, organizational forms – cooperating parties deploy to coordinate their objectives and activities, and b) how differences in the choice of organizational forms can be explained. To answer the research questions, an analytical framework building on transaction cost theory is developed, which revolves around an explanatory model for the choice of organizational forms of university-firm collaborations. Hypotheses derived from that model are, subsequently, tested empirically based on a survey of actors involved in university-firm collaborations in the natural and engineering sciences in Germany.

Jan Roloff

e-mail: j.roloffish.uni-hannover.de

Lisa Thiele

e-mail: thieledzhw.eu

Björn Seipelt

e-mail: bjoern.seipeltlcss.uni-hannover.de

Saskia-Rabea Schrade

e-mail: saskia-rabea.schradelcss.uni-hannover.de

Zhanylai Asankulova

email: zhaylai.asankulovalcss.uni-hannover.de

Marco Miguel Valero Sanchez 

email: marco.valero.sanchezlcss.uni-hannover.de

Tabea Schroer

email: tabea.schroerlcss.uni-hannover.de

Michael Borggräfe

email: michael.borggraefelcss.uni-hannover.de

Stephanie Beyer

email: stephanie.beyerlcss.uni-hannover.de