Ralf Lindner is particularly interested in policy design and governance approaches for transformative change, mission oriented innovation policy, technology assessment (TA), responsible research and innovation, and processes of policy learning. Additional research interests include the analysis of diffusion and adoption processes of emerging technologies, particularly ICTs, and Internet-based communication and interaction processes, particularly e participation and e-democracy.
Research activities directly related to RRI include the coordination of the EU funded RRI projects Res-AGorA and SUPER MoRRI and leading involvement in the projects MoRRI, JERRI, SMART-map and NewHoRRIzon, which all are strongly driven by participatory and co-constructive approaches. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Responsible Innovation and represents Fraunhofer ISI in the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI), in the network globalTA and in the German speaking Network for Technology Assessment (NTA).
Ralf Lindner holds a PhD in political science (2006) and a diploma in political science and economics (2000), both from the University of Augsburg. From 2011 to 2013 Dr Lindner held a chair in Political Science at the Quadriga University Berlin, where he also was head of the Department of Politics and Public Affairs. In 2019, he was appointed to the Regional Forum for Research and Innovation advising the Government of Lombardy on its research innovation strategy