Dr. Alexander Wentland
Alexander Wentland is a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovation, Society & Public Policy group. His work focuses on sustainability transitions (mobility and energy) and regional diversity in innovation governance. Alexander is scientific project leader in the DFG-funded project “Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures.” 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. Alexander is affiliated with the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the STS Program at Harvard University. For more recent updates, you can follow him on Twitter @a_wentland.
- Regional diversity in innovation
- Governance of science and technology
- Sociotechnical imaginaries, futures, utopias
- Mobility, transportation, infrastructures
- Energy and society
- Risk and vulnerability
- Regionale Innovationskulturen verstehen, 04.2018 – 04.2021
- Wentland, Alexander. 2017. “An automobile nation at the crossroads: Reimagining Germany’s car society through the electrification of transportation.” Pp. 137–65 in Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society, vol. 34, Imagined futures in science, technology and society, edited by G. Verschraegen, F. Vandermoere, L. Braeckmans, and B. Segaert. London: Routledge.
- Canzler, Weert, Franziska Engels, Jan-Christoph Rogge, Dagmar Simon, and Alexander Wentland. 2017. “From “living lab” to strategic action field: Bringing together energy, mobility, and Information Technology in Germany.” Energy Research & Social Science 27:25–35. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2017.02.003.
- Wentland, Alexander. 2016. “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):285–302. doi:10.1080/13511610.2016.1159946.
- Wentland, Alexander, Andreas Knie, Lisa Ruhrort, Dagmar Simon, Jürgen Egeln, Birgit Aschhoff, and Christoph Grimpe. 2012. Forschen in getrennten Welten: Konkurrierende Orientierungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft in der Biotechnologie. Vol. 103. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
- Wentland, Alexander, Andreas Knie, and Dagmar Simon. 2011. Warum aus Forschern keine Erfinder werden: Innovationshemmnisse im deutschen Wissenschaftssystem am Beispiel der Biotechnologie. WZBrief Bildung. No. 17. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.
Full list: orcid.org/0000-0003-3080-8599
Courses taught recently:
- “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.