M.A. Alexander Wentland

Postdoc

Innovation Research

Alexander Wentland is a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovation, Society & Public Policy group. His work focuses on sustainability transitions (esp. mobility) and regional diversity in innovation governance. Alexander is scientific project leader in the DFG-funded project “Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures.” In his thesis at TU Berlin, he examined the relationship between political discourse, local assemblages, and cultural imagination related to the electrification of transportation. He holds a Magister degree in Political Science from TU Dresden and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. Alexander is affiliated with the Science Policy Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the STS Program at Harvard University.

  • Regional diversity in innovation
  • Governance of science and technology
  • Sociotechnical imaginaries, futures, utopias
  • Mobility, transportation, infrastructures
  • Energy and society
  • Risk and vulnerability
  • Canzler, Weert; Engels, Franziska ; Rogge, Jan-Christoph; Simon, Dagmar; Wentland, Alexander: From ‘living lab’ to strategic action field: Bringing together energy, mobility, and Information Technology in Germany. Energy Research & Social Science 27, 2017, 25-35
  • Canzler, Weert; Engels, Franziska; Rogge, Jan-Christoph; Simon, Dagmar; Wentland, Alexander: Energiewende durch neue (Elektro-)Mobilität? Intersektorale Annäherungen zwischen Verkehr und Energienetzen. In: Giacovelli, Sebastian (Ed.): Die Energiewende aus wirtschaftssoziologischer Sicht. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, 2017, 119-147
  • Wentland, Alexander: An automobile nation at the crossroads. Reimagining Germany’s car society through the electrification of transportation. In: Verschraegen, Gert; Vandermoere, Frédéric; Braeckmans, Luc; Segaert, Barbara (Ed.): Imagined Futures in Science, Technology and Society. Routledge, 2017
  • Wentland, Alexander: An automobile nation at the crossroads. Reimagining Germany’s car society through the electrification of transportation. In: Verschraegen, Gert; Vandermoere, Frédéric; Braeckmans, Luc; Segaert, Barbara (Ed.): Imagined Futures in Science, Technology and Society. Routledge (Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society. edn.), 2017, 137–165
  • Lösch, Andreas; Böhle, Knut; Coenen, Christopher; Dobroc, Paulina; Ferrari, Arianna; Heil, Reinhard; Hommrich, Dirk; Sand, Martin; Grunwald, Armin; Dickel, Sascha; Schulz-Schaeffer, Ingo; Wentland, Alexander: Technikfolgenabschätzung von soziotechnischen Zukünften – Reihe Diskussionspapiere des Instituts für Technikzukünfte. , Ed.: Institut für Technikzukünfte: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), 2016,
  • Wentland, Alexander: Imagining and enacting the future of the German energy transition: Electric vehicles as grid infrastructure. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 29 (3), 2016, 285-302
  • Wentland, Alexander; Knie, Andreas: Responsivität beim Verwerten von Wissenschaft. In: Matthies, Hildegard; Simon, Dagmar; Torka, Marc (Ed.): Die Responsivität der Wissenschaft. transcript, 2015, 133-176
  • Wentland, Alexander; Knie, Andreas; Ruhrort, Lisa; Simon, Dagmar; Egeln, Jürgen; Aschhoff, Birgit; Grimpe, Christoph: Forschen in getrennten Welten: Konkurrierende Orientierungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft in der Biotechnologie. Volume 103. ZEW Wirtschaftsanalysen. Nomos, 2012
  • “Tinkering with humans? Social engineering and the construction of the “deficient user” in cyber security.” EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), Biannual Meeting, 28 July 2018, Lancaster, UK.
  • “The Diversity of Regional Innovation Cultures in the European Union: “Conservative Innovation” in Bavaria.” EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), Biannual Meeting, 26 July 2018, Lancaster, UK.
  • “Realigning Visions of Sustainability: Exploring Agency, Multiplicity, and Scale in Sociotechnical Imaginaries.” 17th Annual Science and Democracy Network Conference, 28 June 2018, Munich, Germany.
  • “Test beds as an emerging instrument of STI policy-making: How they approach innovation – and reconfigure society.” EU-SPRI (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation), 8 June 2018, Paris, France.
  • “The Electrical Grid in Flux: Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructures in Times of Political Volatility.” Annual S.NET Meeting, 11 Oct. 2017, Phoenix, USA.
  • “Visualizing the Dreamscapes of Modernity: Analyzing Sociotechnical Imaginaries in the Area of Sustainability Transformations.” Annual 4S Meeting: STS (In)Sensibilities, 30 July 2017, Boston, USA.