Technology changes society, and, vice versa, societal institutions and organisations shape and influence technologies as „social projects“ by fostering, funding, enabling, producing, limiting and preventing them.

Connecting technologies to application, utilisation, deployment and exploitation contexts, i.e. what we call innovation, provides additional social dynamics. Besides technological innovation targeting new commercial products and processes, social innovation applying new organisational structures gains in increasing importance. Often, technological innovation and social innovation meet such as with digitalising public sector services. New technologies and innovations are „radical game-changers“: they have the potential of changing the world we live in quickly and drastically. However, as future objects they are neither predictable nor accessible; with these characteristics they challenge the institutions concerned with societal planning, policymaking and coordination.

This is the area where the team of our Chair for Sociology of Technology and Innovation, founded in 2017 at JGU, engages in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. Analysing social phenomena around the production, the structures and the consequences of technologies and innovations, helps to understand, describe and explain the complex dynamics in technology and innovation. For research, these complexity aspects require a computer-based lab research infrastructure, which supports a mix of quantitative and qualitative empirical methods combined with innovative methodological approaches from Computational Social Science such as social simulation.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports
Institute of Sociology
Sociology of Technology and Innovation

Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz

Philosophicum II, Room 03-306
Tel +49 6131 39-29132
Fax +49 6131 39-26525
E-Mail


Administration

Claudia Herz
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports
Institute of Sociology
Sociology of Technology and Innovation

Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz

Philosophicum II (Philo II), Room 03-302 or
Georg Forster-Gebäude (GFG), Room 03-348
Telefon +49 6131 39-29134 or
Telefon +49 6131 39-26154
Fax +49 6131 39-26525
E-Mail

Consultation hours:
Mon, Thurs and Fri 10:00-12:00, GFG, 03-438
Tues and Wed 10:00-12:00, Philo II, 03-302