Research

Research

Comparative Health and Consumer Policy
I have specialised in comparative health policy and have recently worked mostly on the topic of vaccination. Much of this work has focussed on Austria and the Netherlands (e.g. my past project on the HPV vaccine and my current work on vaccine registries, as well as my contributions to the SolPan project exploring experiences with COVID-19).

My approach is informed by interpretive methodologies and I am an active member of the  Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) network as well as the ECPR Standing Group on Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis. Together with Tamara Metze, Henk Wagenaar, and Koen Bartels, I convened a section with five panels at the 2018 ECPR General  Conference on Deliberative Policy Analysis.

A critical policy approach to Europeanization 
Both in my PhD and my postdoctoral work, I have approached questions of EU integration and Europeanization empirically. In my research on health and consumer policy, studying practices both at the level of the nation state and the EU level – inasmuch as these are separate – is a particularly useful way of accentuating singularities of cases. I find a comparative case-study approach particularly instructive for learning more about how policies emerge, what they do, and how they are contested in different sites. My work in the EU project InsscIDE problematises the notion of a joint European health diplomacy by drawing on the particular field of vaccination.

Methodological innovation and citizen science 
I have strongly drawn on expert interviews throughout my research and have conducted these in several highly politicised but also expert-centered policy areas (food safety, consumer policy, public health etc). More recently, I have turned towards opening up the notion of value, seeking to develop what I call a ‘policy valuagraphy’ and bringing together scholarship from STS and policy studies.

In an attempt to push the boundaries of social scientific tradition, I have also experimented with citizen science methods by involving over 70 adolescents in my research on the vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Together, we coded nearly 400 press releases on the subject matter (see citizen science.univie.ac.at). I convened a couple of panels/roundtables at the 2018 Austrian Citizen Science Conference in February 2018 and am honoured to be on the advisory board for the next Austrian Citizen Science Conference in Vienna, postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

Selected  talks

20/6/2019 Nudging and beyond: a debate on vaccination. Participant in panel discussion at the WINK conference on nudging at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
21/2/2019 Governing vaccination: a social science perspective. Invited expert talk at the German Ethics Council (advising the German Minister of Health on vaccine mandates). Berlin, Germany.
28/11/2018 Governing immunity: Knowledge politics and the primacy of numbers in contemporary vaccination policy. Invited lecture at the Science Studies Colloqium, University of Oslo, Norway.
13/03/2018 Wissensproduktion und Regieren in der Impfpolitik, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Vienna.
23/02/2018 The Politics of Knowledge and Ignorance in the Era of Big Data: A Social Science Perspective, Rare Diseases and Big Data – Hopes, Opportunities and Challenges, Vienna, Josephinum, Medical University of Vienna.
24/03/2017 Invited Expert at Crowdsourcing and Gatekeeping Workshop hosted by the Wellcome Trust, London, UK.
02/03/2017 Keynote Speaker at the Austrian Citizen Science Conference (ÖCSK), Vienna, Austria.
08-09/09/2016 Invited Talk at workshop Risk and governance in Europe, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Paris, France.