Academic Staff

Dr. Suzana Alpsancar

Dr. Suzana Alpsancar Assistant Professor

Suzana Alpsancar studied Philosophy, Linguistics and History in Chemnitz and Alicante. From 2007 to 2010, she served as a member of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Topology of Technology’ on a doctoral-stipend in TU Darmstadt. In 2010, she completed her PhD there. Alpsancar's dissertation critically reconstructed the technical visions of Vilém Flusser and Mark Weiser (Ubicomp). After her dissertation, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Darmstadt.

During her postdoc, Alpsancar served as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University under Prof. Dr. Seyla Benhabib und Prof. Dr. Karsten Harries. Alpsancar also, during this period, worked on a BMBF-funded Cooperated Research Project ‘The Language of Biofacts’ („Die Sprache der Biofakte“) at TU Braunschweig in Brunswick, and a BMBF Project ‘Developing the Interdisciplinary’ („KIVA VI: Entwicklung Interdisziplinarität“) at Darmstadt. 

From October 2016 to September 2018, Alpsancar led courses as a Visiting Professor for ‘Philosophy of Technology’ at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. In October 2018, Alpsancar joined the Team of Technoscience Studies as an Assistant Professor.

Since 2008, Alpsancar has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy for students from various disciplines. She has taught in Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Witten/Herdecke, Brunswick and Cottbus. In addition to basic courses, she focuses on the normative reflection of technical, and especially digital, challenges. Her research interests include the history and theory of technological determinism, ethics of technology and the history and theory of technology assessment. 

Contact


Dr. Suzana Alpsancar
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 130b
Erich-Weinert-Str. 1
03046 Cottbus

suzana.alpsancar(at)b-tu.de


Office Hours

Only by appointment


Research Fields
 
Technology as Epistemic Culture
  • Computerization of Cultures of Knowledge
Ethico-political Thinking
  • History and Theory of Technological Determinism
  • Ethics and Politics of Technoscientific Developments
    (e.g. Ubiquitous Computing, Ambient-Assisted-Living, Self-Driving-Cars)
Future Narratives
  • Theory and History of Technology Assesment
  • Computing-Visions (esp. Vilém Flusser, Mark Weiser)
Georg Hausladen, M.Sc.

Georg Hausladen, M.Sc. Assistant Professor

Georg Hausladen studied biology, architecture and philosophy at the Technical University of Munich. Since 2010, he has worked as a research assistant in interdisciplinary projects, including ecology, architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture at the Technical University of Munich (e.g. ‘Animal Aided Design’ under Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser (2014) and ‘Urban nature and climate adaptation’ under Prof. Dr. Stephan Pauleit). In 2013, he was involved in the project ‘Genesis and Ontology of Technoscientific Objects’ at the Technical University of Darmstadt (under Prof. Dr. Alfred Nordmann and Dr. Astrid Schwarz). From February to March 2014, he worked at the University of Texas in Austin (under Prof. Dr. Petra Liedl) as a visiting fellow.

Georg Hausladen has been working as a freelance biologist in integrative nature conservation and landscape planning since 2010, and he regularly gives ecology courses at the Technical University of Munich. As of February 2019, he is writing his doctoral thesis at the Chair of Technoscience Studies at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, where he recently joined as a research assistant in October 2019.

Contact


Georg Hausladen, M.Sc.
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 130a
Erich-Weinert-Str. 1
03046 Cottbus

georg.hausladen(at)b-tu.de
www.georghausladen.de


Office Hours

Only by appointment


Research Fields
 
Technology as Epistemic Culture
  • Ecology as Technology
  • Epistemology of Ecosystem Theories
  • Cybernetics
Ethico-political Thinking
  • Care Ethics
  • Gardening Practice
Environmental Anthropology
  • Ecotechnologies
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Nature and Environmental Conservation
Images as Instruments
  • Ecological and Ecotechnological Utopias
Associate Professor Dr. Ingmar Lippert

Associate Professor Dr. Ingmar Lippert

Where do the digital and the social worlds intersect? This question guides Ingmar Lippert’s research. He explores the politics situated at the heart of ‘digital society,’ analysing the structures of and correlations between power, knowledge, technology and science.

Lippert's research focuses on data practices and the politics that guide them, engaging in the overlapping empirical domains of the environment and technology. Lippert questions how human agents can approach doing data well; he scrutinises the values and commitments embedded in data management and governance; and he problematises how knowledge is shaped by digital systems, including their bugs, frictive elements and seamless integrations.

Ingmar Lippert’s research interacts with sociologies of technology, the environment and (un)sustainability, and science and knowledge. His work draws upon Science and Technology Studies (STS) within a transdisciplinary mode that accounts for the work of data and knowledge practitioners. 

As Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen’s Technologies in Practice Research Group, he co-leads the project Socio-Cultural Carbon and conducts research on environmental monitoring/reporting, as well as on energy governance and autochthonous environmental knowledges. The latter brought him to BTU, where he focuses on the intersection of knowledge, technology and coal. As a senior visiting research fellow of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin’s Bureau for troubles, Ingmar engages with the infrastructure of environmental reporting within the European Union.

Earlier positions include Assistant Professorship at IT University of Copenhagen and a Lectureship at Tembusu College/National University of Singapore. He completed his PhD on Enacting Environments: An Ethnography of the Digitalisation and Naturalisation of Emissions in Sociology, working with Ausgburg University and Lancaster University. He was a repeat Research Fellow and Visitor of the Institute of Advanced Studies of Science, Technology and Society (Graz) and of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF, Bielefeld).

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Associate Professor Dr. Ingmar Lippert
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 130b
Erich-Weinert-Str. 1
03046 Cottbus

ingmar.lippert(at)b-tu.de
www.ingli.de


Office Hours

Only by appointment


Research Fields
 
Technology as Epistemic Culture
  • ‘Digital Society’ (Databases; Intersections of Small and Big Data; Qualculation and Data Practices; Monitoring and Accountability)

  • Scoiological Theories to Trouble Technologies/Knowledges (Practice Theories, Specifically Pierre Bourdieu’s Work; Feminist Analytics of Technoscience; (Post)Actor-Network Theory, Specifically Ontological and Ontic Politics; Performativity of Economics; Discourse and Dispositif Analyses)

  • Social Science Methods as Technology (Methodography; Workplace Ethnography; Experimental Digital Methods)

Environmental Anthropology
  • (Un)Sustainability, Environmental Management and Governance

  • Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Carbon

  • Environment as Infrastructure

  • Carbon, CO2e, Coal

  • Biodiversity and Plants

  • Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital

Dr. Francesc G. Rodríguez

Dr. Francesc G. Rodríguez Assistant Professor

Francesc Rodríguez’s research draws on the notion of imaginaries to elucidate the co-creation of environmental knowledge and policies in manifold human and non-human contexts. His primary case, reflected in his dissertation research, is the reception of Environmental Impact Assessment reports in rural communities involved in environmental conflicts over dam-building projects. His research is both an attempt to decenter received imaginaries of knowledge embedded in the sustainable development governance framework and to imagine a less anthropocentric position to face the consequences of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats.

After graduating in Sociology at the University of Barcelona in 2008, Francesc Rodríguez obtained a Master’s Degree in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Bielefeld University. In 2011, he entered into the Graduate Programme in Science and Technology Studies at York University in Canada. While there, he completed a PhD with the title: Knowing Water Worlds: a postphenomenological approach to socioenvironmental imaginaries in Costa Rica.

Francesc Rodríguez has international experience in research in various academic contexts. In Spain (2006-2008), he was research assistant with the INCLUD-ED project of the 6th Framework Programme (European Commission). In Canada (2011-2013), he used both discourse and quantitative analysis to explore thousands of articles about epidemic encephalitis published in the 20th century. He did this analysis in the context of the Epidemic Futures Project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. During his PhD work and in collaboration with Las Nubes Project Conservation, he conducted his own advocacy research approach in rural communities within and adjacent to the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor in Costa Rica (2013-2015). And lastly, during a two-year period as a research associate at the Rhine-Waal University in Germany (2018-2020), he conducted a stakeholder analysis in a circular water project of the ICT4Water Cluster (European Commission).

During his academic career, Francesc Rodríguez has had the opportunity to teach several courses about science, society, and the environment at the undergraduate level and to publish articles in several journals. Francesc Rodríguez is member of the Science and Democracy Network, the Society for Social Studies of Science, and the Las Nubes Alumni Chapter.

Contact


Dr. Francesc Rodríguez
Lehrgebäude 10, Room 114b
Erich-Weinert-Str. 1
03046 Cottbus

f.rodriguezmansilla(at)b-tu.de


Office Hours

Only by appointment


Research Fields
 
Technology as Epistemic Culture
  • Knowledge practices and co-creation of local contestation to extractivism in Latin America
  • Socio-technical imaginaries of Environmental Impact Assessment approaches
Ethico-political Thinking
  • Advocacy Research
Environmental Anthropology
  • Resilient water worlds
  • Multispecies encounters and their implications for knowledge practices
Images as Instruments
  • Visual cultures of natures, social and environmental justice

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