M.A. Laura Trachte

Doctoral Candidate

Sociology of Science

Doctoral candidate and research associate at the Friedrich Schiedel Endowed Chair of Sociology of Science, Technical University of Munich, since October 2014. Ph.D. project on (re)configurations of nature and technology in the case of food. From 2015 until 2017 researcher at the BMBF-funded project ‘The Language of Biofacts’. Laura studied Sociology, Political Science and Gender Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.

Research on TechnoNature in the case of food. The dissertation project focuses on (re)configurations of nature and technology in and of food innovations. By looking at the ever-changing relations of nature and technology, it investigates a currently specific form of the political, through which TechnoSociety actualizes.

  • Sociology of Science and Technology
  • Food in TechnoSociety
  • Nature-Technology-Society
  • Discourse analysis
  • Qualitative methods of empirical research


  • Maasen, Sabine; Sutter, Barbara; Trachte, Laura (2018): „Was Bio bedeutet. Soziomaterielle Konfigurationen von TechnoNatures“, In: Karin Zachmann, Bernhard Gill, Franziska Torma (Hg.): Mit Biofakten leben. Sprache und Materialität von Pflanzen und Lebensmitteln, Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Trachte, Laura (2018): „Natur auf Kosten der Technik“, In: Avenue, Nr. 5, S. 76-79.
  • „Who is responsible for food and health? Social and Cultural Perspectives on Food, Health and Technology, seminar at the TUM School of Management, WS 2018/19.

Teaching Focus

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Science and Technology
  • Sociology of Food and Consumption
  • Sociological Theory
  • Ph.D. project „TechnoNatures in Food: Reconfigurations of Nature and Technology”, presentations of Ph.D. project at MCTS doctoral colloquium, Munich, 2018.
  • “Smartification, Cows and Farmers: Exploring Technologized Interspecies Relations”, presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) in Boston, USA, 2017.
  • German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • Section Science and Technology Research of the German Sociological Association (DGS)