Welcome to the Homepage of Katharina T. Paul


I am a senior postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Vienna (Faculty of Social Sciences, department of Political Science). I am interested in vaccination policy and its role in Austrian politics as well as the broader EU context. This website provides regular updates on my research projects. Please get in touch if you are interested in any papers that are regrettably still behind a paywall, or if you are interested in exchanging teaching syllabi! Finally, this website also helps me distinguish myself from my many Doppelgängers out there (not-so-fun fact: I have erroneously received medical results, boarding passes, BBQ invites and casting invitations intended for Doppelgängers).

Workshop announcement: Global Health & Diplomacy: configurations of knowledge, power and policy

Along with my wonderful team, I am hosting a workshop (10-11 February 2020) to discuss historical and present efforts to coordinate public health interventions across national and disciplinary borders. The workshop critically engages with a set of case studies on health diplomacy and is funded by the Work Package on Health that I lead in the context of H2020 project InsSciDE – Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe.

Work Package 5 (Health) will present its case studies in dialogue with other researchers covering cases such as antimicrobial resistance, vaccination, and diagnostic technologies for newly emerging diseases. Specific attention will be devoted to the role of social sciences and humanities in informing infectious disease control, in dialogue with EU projects SONAR GLOBAL and S4D4C. Looking forward to gathering our all-female Work Package team here in Vienna, too!

Prof Nik Rose visiting CeSCoS and the department

Barbara Prainsack and the whole CeSCoS team are excited about Nik Rose visiting the department later this year. Prof Rose will give a talk on Wednesday 11 December at 18:00 at the University of Vienna “Aula” on campus. The talk will revolve around the key concept of biopolitics: “The politics of psychiatry today and tomorrow: Is another psychiatric biopolitics possible?

Governing Global Health Security in the 21st Century

Together with Christian Haddad at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs (oiip), I organised a visit by Prof. Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex) in Vienna this month.  In his talk on 25 September at the Austrian Institute of International Affairs, Stefan Elbe talked about changing concepts of health and security, the politics of technological innovation, and new forms of diplomacy that (re)shape global health and international relations in the 21st century. A great chance for Anna Pichelstorfer and me to discuss our work on health diplomacy.

Invited talk: German Ethics Council

The German Ethics Council (Deutscher Ethikrat) is currently considering the ethical dimensions of vaccine mandates in light of decreasing vaccination rates in Germany. To this effect, the Ethics Council consulted three experts on February 21 in Berlin at a public meeting held at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. You can find transcripts and my presentation materials here

A busy and productive winter – with some news!

As the year is coming to an end, some updates are in order. Last month, Anna Pichelstorfer has joined my workpackage on health and knowledge diplomacy in the EU project InSsciDE. InsSciDE is a Horizon 2020 funded project ​exploring extant and newly emerging forms of science diplomacy across Europe through international, interdisciplinary research and by focussing on some of the ‘grand challenges’. Anna and I will work on a case study of what could be termed ‘data diplomacy’ as a particular form of governance in European vaccination policy.  More on this soon, as our case study will take shape! It’s great to have Anna’s STS perspective on board!

A second update concerns my affiliation: My wonderful colleague Barbara Prainsack and I have decided to join forces and it has been wonderful to be welcomed as affiliated member of her newly founded Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS) at the University of Vienna.  The launch of CeSCoS was a fabulous and festive event, too – with a brilliant line-up of speakers, including Linsey McGoey!



Workshop: Ignorance, non-knowledge and non-discovery: what consequences for democratic governance? Vienna, 13-14 November 2018.

Our workshop on “ignorance and non-knowledge” November 13 – 14, 2018 was a real highlight for me this year – and a great success with so many wonderful scholars from different disciplines and places. We will make the keynote by Linsey McGoey (Essex) available soon on the department’s webstream, Matthias Gross (Jena), Stefan Böschen (Aachen), and Ulrike Felt (Vienna).
Workshop programme

First IPA summer school a great success!

The IPA network coordinating committee – headed by Tamara Metze (Wageningen) – just held its first PhD summer school in Amsterdam. This was such a rewarding and fun experience, with very talented PhD students eager to learn more about interpretive methodologies and theories to understand and intervene in conflicts about sustainable futures. The summerschool focused on methodological innovations that take an integrated approach to the social, cultural, ethical and actionable dimensions of knowledge production, both by academics, as well as by practitioners from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. It was an honour to teach these international students, together with Esther Turnhout (Wageningen), on our discomfort with, but also hopes for a new kind of evidence-based policy!

Österreichische Citizen Science Konferenz 2018 (OECSK 2018)

Just returned from OECSK 2018 – what a brilliant interdisciplinary space to discuss research plans, ideas, and success and failure. Of course, I particularly enjoyed the “fishbowl” discussion with Susanne Hecker and an all-female set of speakers on “learning from experience” (see image by Universität Salzburg).  My panel with Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo was also a wonderful experience! Thanks to all our participants!

Conference plans this year…

Call for panels/papers:  Together with Tamara Metze Henk Wagenaar, and Koen Bartels, I am convening a section with five panels at the 2018 ECPR General  Conference on Deliberative Policy Analysis.

Interested in citizen science? Join us in Salzburg 1-3 February 2018! I am convening a couple of panels/roundtables at the 2018 Austrian Citizen Science Conference on concepts of learning (with Susanne Hecker) and CS in the social sciences and humanities (with Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo).