Dr. Lisa Sigl


Research Platform “Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice”
T: +43 1 4277 26101

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Lisa Sigl is researcher at the Research Platform “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Academic Practice”. Her main research interest lies in the conditions that allow societal responsibility (in its various dimensions) to be a legitimate and potent value in research cultures and practices.

Current research interests

  • Processes of subjectification and valuation in research cultures
  • Transformation of cultures and practices of knowledge production in relation to their social contexts (focus on public research institutions); e.g. to commercialization of research, and to realising social responsibility in research
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration in the context of "Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)"
  • Inter- und transdisciplinary teaching formats (master- und PhD-level) in the context of "Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)"
  • Politics of Innovation and concepts of innovation in historical perspective and in international comparison

Current research projects

Valuing, Being and Knowing in Research Practices. Understanding the entanglements of valuation practices and subjectification processes in life science research (together with Maximilian Fochler)

Responsible Robotics. How to reflect on and consider societal concerns in robotics research (in collaboration with Marjo Rauhala and the DK "Trust Robots" at the Technical University of Vienna)

Previous research projects

As research assistant at the Center for Higher Education (zhb) at TU Dortmund (2014-2016) she works on the research project “University-industry collaboration in high-tech fields” (with a particular focus on Germany). At the intersection of science and technology studies (STS) and Higher Education Studies (HES), she is mainly interested in forms of agency that develop in new governance arrangements for research commercialization (e.g. new IPR-legislation, university-internal regulations).

During her time at the Austrian Institute for international Affairs (oiip) in Vienna, she had the opportunity to work with representatives of different stakeholders (ministries, funding agencies, etc.) in the framework of a “Taskforce of the Austrian Government for the Internationalisation of Science and Research Policy”. As head of the research focus “Internationalisation of Science-, Technology and Innovation Policy”, she was mainly interested in the international comparison of innovation policies and innovation concepts in Europe, China and India.

In her PhD thesis at the Department for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna, she dealt with the question how young researchers in the life sciences (PhDs, Postdocs) deal with different kinds of uncertainty and precarious working conditions. She combined conceptual approaches of STS and the Labour Studies to open up new perspectives on the transformation of research cultures today. Basis of this work was her collaboration in two research projects on the transformation of scientific research cultures – the FP6-project KNOWING („Knowledge, Institutions and Gender: An East-West Comparative Study“) and the project GOLDII („Die Biowissenschaften als Kultur und Praxis neu denken“) – and a DOC-scholarship of the öaw („Uncertain Research Landscapes“).


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Felt U (Author), Fochler M (Author), Richter A (Author), Schroeder R (Author), Sigl L (Author). How to weave societal responsibility into the fabric of universities Reflections - Blog of the STS Department at the University of Vienna. 2018.


Sigl L (Editorial Journalist). "Frugal Innovation": An inquiry into a blind spot in STS Reflections. Blog of the STS Department at the University of Vienna: Reflections - Blog of the STS Department at the University of Vienna. 2016.

Sigl L. Über Bedingungen der Prekarisierung in akademischen Arbeitskulturen - am Beispiel der Lebenswissenschaften in Wien. In Schmidt-Lauber B, Blumhagen C, Rabensteiner A, editors, Doing University: Reflexionen universitärer Alltagspraxis. Wien: Eigenverlag des Instituts für Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Wien. 2016. p. 181-206


May D, Hosch-Dayican B, Leisyte L, Sigl L, Terkowsky C. Entrepreneurship and Gender in Higher Engineering Education in Germany. 2015. Paper presented at Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), Orleans, France.

Witjes N, Sigl L. The Internationalization of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI): An Emerging Policy Field at the Intersection of Foreign Policy and Science Policy. In Jansen A, Franzmann A, Münte P, editors, Legitimizing Science: National and Global Publics, 1800-2010. Frankfurt/New York: Campus. 2015. p. 245-272



Sigl L, Heidenwolf C. Scientists as Diplomats!? On the Challenges of Researching International Science, Technology and Innovation Policies. In Günay C, Pospisil J, editors, Global Shifts and Europe (Viennese Contributions to International Affairs 13/14). Facultas. 2013. p. 61-71

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