Dr. Alexander Wentland


Innovation Research

Alexander Wentland is the head of the research field “Governance & Responsibility” in the Munich Cluster for the Future of Mobility in Metropolitain Regions (MCube) and scientific project leader in the DFG-funded project Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures. His work focuses on the politics of innovation, sustainability transitions (esp. mobility), and regional industrial legacies. In his doctoral 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. You can follow him on Twitter @a_wentland.

  • Regional diversity in innovation
  • Epistemic governance of economic transformations
  • Mobility, transportation, infrastructures
  • Sociotechnical imaginaries and futures
  • Political sociology
  • “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: MCTS (In)Sensibilities, 30 July 2017, Boston, USA.