Franziska Engels

Research Fellow, Berlin Social Sciences Center
PhD Candidate, Munich Center for Technology in Society
Technical University of Munich
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies
Affiliation period: August 2017 - October 2017
Degrees Ph.D. Innovation, Society and Public Policy :: Technical University of Munic (expected 2018)
M.A. Social Sciences :: Humboldt University (2013)
B.A. Social Sciences and Law :: Bielefeld University (2009)

Research Areas

• Practices of innovation
• Sociotechnical imaginaries and visions
• Knowledge production
• Experimental settings in transition processes
• Energy and society

In my PhD research at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (Technical University of Munich) I investigate sociotechnical test bed settings and their role in innovation policy. I apply perspectives from Science and Technology Studies to explore how the envisioned mix of lab and demonstration project shapes emerging socio-technical configurations and how these sites are locally configured. My research discusses the potential changes in the relationship between innovation and society as proposed by the test bed mode of controlled experimentation.

Since 2015 I am also a research fellow at the Science Policy Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), where I conduct qualitative data on sociotechnical innovation processes within the empirical domain of energy transitions. I hold a Master of Arts in Social Science from the Humboldt University in Berlin (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Law from Bielefeld University (2009).

More information about my research group in Innovation, Society & Public Policy at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (Technical University of Munich) can be found here.



Canzler, Weert/Engels, Franziska/Rogge, Jan-Christoph/Simon, Dagmar/Wentland, Alexander (2017): "From 'Living Lab' to Strategic Action Field? Bringing together Energy, Mobility, and Information Technology in Germany". In: Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 27, No. May, S. 25-35. [Link]

Engels, Franziska/Münch, Anna Verena/Simon, Dagmar (2017): "One Site - Multiple Visions. Visioneering between Contrasting Actors' Perspectives". In: Nanoethics - Studies of New and Emerging Technologies, 24.02.2017. [Link]

last updated: September 24th, 2018