Doctorate completed

On January 31, 2020, Franziska Engels successfully completed the oral examination for her doctorate, in which she dealt with “Testing Technologies – Re-configuring Societies. Testing, Contesting, and Materializing Visions of Energy Futures in Two German Test Beds.“

Franziska Engels’s doctoral project investigates how visions of future societies are tested, contested and materialized through „test beds“ as an increasingly prominent policy instrument in science, technology and innovation policy. She draws on the concept of co-production to explore how test beds as situated geographical sited of experimentation and demonstration co-produce and tentatively co-stabilize new socio-technical orders. They „test“ and reconfigure society around particular visions of desirable futures centered around new sets of technology and associated modes of governance.

Congratulations to the future Dr. phil.!

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