Our research delves into the intricate relationship between technology and society, exploring the various dimensions of this dynamic interplay. Our primary focus is on the phenomena that are commonly referred to as digitalization, including topics and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, algorithmic decision-making, and digital media.
Our research methodology is based on empirical studies, utilizing qualitative social science research methods such as interviews, ethnographies, observations, and document and artifact analysis. Alongside our empirical research, we are committed to contributing to analytical and theoretical research interests. In doing so, we connect our research to fields such as Science & Technology Studies, Organizational Studies, sociology of Work, and perspectives interested in power and gender relations, as well as the sociologies of interaction, bodies, and materiality.
We are interested in a wide range of research questions, including:
• How do technological and societal change interrelate?
• Why is digitalization such a prominent topic of discussion currently?
• How can we explain why certain technologies are successful while others are not?
• Why are technologies never neutral?
• How do organizations influence the emergence of technologies, and how are they influenced by those technologies in return
• How do people appropriate (digital) technologies in different contexts?
For more information about our team members and our research projects, please refer to the corresponding links.
Institute of Socioloy
Department of Sociology with a focus on innovation and digitalization (SID)
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
2nd Floor, Staircase C
Office hours (administration)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m & 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
In addition, by appointment.