Academic Career and Research Areas

Jörg Niewöhner studied environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK), where he also completed his doctorate in risk research in 2001. As a science and technology studies scholar and urban and environmental anthropologist, he conducted research at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for almost twenty years and was most recently Director of the Integrative Research Institute for the Transformation of Human-Environment Systems. Jörg Niewöhner has been appointed to the Chair of Anthropology of Science & Technology at TUM on October 1, 2023.

How do late industrialised societies inhabit organisms and environments? Or to put it another way: how does the material world, which we change every day through the development of new substances, inscribe itself into our bodies? Jörg Niewöhner addresses these questions from an ethnographic perspective with his research group Through interdisciplinary public science, this complex problem becomes tangible and accessible for new forms of regulation.