Dr. Bernhard Isopp

Akademischer Rat


Dr. Bernhard Isopp is a lecturer (Akademischer Rat) in the RESET Master’s Program and researcher in the Innovation, Society, and Public Policy group. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies and a Master’s in Humanities, both from York University in Toronto, Canada. He also completed a B.A. in History and Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His teaching and research is multi- and inter-disciplinary, drawing on diverse approaches in the humanities and social sciences. Prior to joining the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at TUM, he held positions as a lecturer at Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and York University.

His research revolves around questions of the politicization of science and technology, especially regarding climate change, sustainability, and related environmental concerns. He is currently working on a project looking at the role of bicycles in mobility transitions, with a set of cases examining urban transportation politics and sustainability imperatives in the bicycle industry.

Public Understanding of Science and Technology
Politics of Climate Change and the Environment
Science Communication
Sustainable Mobility
Transportation Politics
History of Bicycles
Philosophy of Technology

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Isopp B (2020) The Politics of Symmetry. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 9(1): 12–18. Available at: https://wp.me/p1Bfg0-4L4Isopp B (2015) Scientists Who Become Activists: Are They Crossing a Line? Journal of Science Communication 14(2). Available at: http://jcom.sissa.it/archive/14/02/JCOM_1402_2015_C01/JCOM_1402_2015_C03.Isopp B (2014) The Perils, Politics, and Promises of Activist Science. In: Bencze L and Alsop S (eds) Activist Science and Technology Education. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 307–321. Available at: http://link.springer.com/10.1007/978-94-007-4360-1_17

PhD Thesis
Isopp B (2018) Mediating Public Science: Experts, Politics, and Climate Change in the News Media in Canada. PhD Thesis, York University, Canada. Available at: https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/35864

Other Publications
Isopp B (2022) Munich’s biking culture offers ideas on integrating cars and bikes safely. The Toronto Star, 16 August. Available at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2022/08/16/munichs-biking-culture-offers-ideas-on-integrating-cars-and-bikes-safely.htmlIsopp B (2022) Driving towards a carbon-free future?: Electric vehicles offer an opportunity to reshape mobility in Toronto. Spacing.Isopp B (2021) Why aren’t more big bike firms tracking their environmental impact? The Guardian, 27 September. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2021/sep/23/why-arent-more-big-bike-firms-tracking-their-environmental-impact