Magdalena Wicher

Magdalena Wicher

Magdalena Wicher


The main focus of my work is on implementing, evaluating and monitoring of inter- / trans-disciplinary (processes) and Responsible Research and Innovation. A strong interest also lies within feminist and queer science and technology studies. Since 2019, I am a member of the research group “Techno-Science & Societal Transformation” at the Institute for Advanced Studies, working on various projects on RRI. Currently I am mainly involved in the SUPER MoRRI project, responsible for the Work Package on “Societal, scientific, democratic and economic benefits of RRI”. In December 2019 I started my studies as a doctoral candidate at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen. In my PhD I focus on governance aspects of RRI.


In my perspective, RRI is based on the ground that research and innovation should aim for attracting societies needs and solving the grand challenges of our time by integrating sustainability and respecting ecological boundaries, questioning the economic system that is focused on growth and success, and heading towards social justice for all, despite of background and living condition.

Society, science (including innovation and technology) and policy are highly and complexly interlinked. A strong interest of mine lies in the governance aspects of RRI that I define through embedding of decision-making processes within the practice(s) of science and technology/research and innovation, itself. Looking at governance as a complex that involves formal and non-formal and inter/ and non-governmental actors, it is the question how different actors and mechanisms (states, systems, markets, citizens, individuals, organisations, contexts and relationships) play together and finally can shape the direction of research and innovation (as systems as well as processes).


As being involved in and connected with Austrian networks that are working with RRI (e.g. over the RRI platform Austria) and beyond, I hope that I can contribute to the country correspondent network on the one hand by my knowledge on various actors in the field. On the other hand, as actively working in the SUPER MoRRI project, I will be able to connect the broader scope of the project to the Austrian context. I am looking forward to getting new insights in the Austrian research and funding landscape and also to integrate and connect this learning with the European and global context. I am curious getting to know the crowd of country correspondents and thus looking for overlaps, idiosyncrasies and differences between the various national contexts and systems.

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  • Institution

    Institute for Advanced Studies

  • Position

    Researcher, PhD student 

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