Doris Allhutter holds a PhD in political science and is a senior postdoc at the ITA with a focus on Science and Technology Studies. Her main research interest is in how information systems co-emerge with hierarchies and hegemonies in society and organizations. Her current research takes a political and socio-material perspective on software design practices in the field of semantic technologies. She is a member of the COST Action on New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter'.


After graduating from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Wien), Doris Allhutter completed her post-graduate studies on "Governance in Europe" at the Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2007 she earned her doctorate in political science from the University of Vienna with her thesis on digital pornography and the internet policy of the European Union.


Doris Allhutter worked as a researcher and lecturer in Gender and Diversity Management at the WU Wien from 2003-2007. She was a lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Communication and Department of Political Science from 2002 to 2005. Currently she is teaching in the master programme Gender Studies and the master 'Science-Technology-Society' at the University of Vienna as well as at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Since 2008 she has been working at the ITA in the field of information society, in particular in e-democracy and the politics of information technologies.

In 2011 she was a research visitor at the Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster University, UK. In 2013 she was an Austrian Marshall Plan fellow and visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. For her current project ‘Material-discursive performativity in software design: a socio-political approach’ she has been awarded a senior-postdoc position within the Elise-Richter Programme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).



Doris Allhutter's publications deal with methods and processes of developing information technologies, with socio-technical concepts in IT design, with the development and dissemination of digital pornography and its political implications, as well as with electronically supported forms of citizen participation.


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