Alexander Bogner is a senior sociologist with a special focus on science, technology and the environment. His main research interest is in how science and technology change when the boundaries between science, politics and the public blur. His empirical work has focused on biomedicine, agri-biotechnology and emerging technologies.
Born 1969 in Munich, Alexander Bogner studied sociology at the universities of Salzburg, Marburg and Frankfurt am Main, receiving his diploma in 1998. He did his Ph.D. (2003) in sociology at the University of Vienna with a study on how experts in prenatal testing deal with uncertainty and non-knowledge. From 1998 to 2000 he was a postgraduate student at the Sociology Department of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in Vienna. From 2007 to 2009, supported by a grant from the Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology (APART) he analysed the impact on public participation, policy advice and political legitimisation of debating research and technologies along ethical categories. In 2010, the University of Vienna accepted his postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis on the ethicisation of technology controversies.
From 2000 to 2002, Alexander Bogner was a research assistant at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. In 2002 he joined the ITA. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Basel, at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, at The Institute of Social Research in Frankfurt am Main and at the California State University in Sacramento. From 2010 to 2011 he held an assistant professorship at the Institute of Social Ecology of the Alps-Adria-University of Klagenfurt. Since 2011 he has been a Senior Scientist at the ITA, mainly responsible for the research field of the "Governance of controversial technologies". He holds teaching assignments at several universities in Austria and Germany, focusing on diagnoses of contemporary societies ("Gesellschaftsdiagnosen"), science studies and qualitative methods of empirical research.
From 2017 to 2019 Alexander Bogner held a professorship in sociology at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2019 he has been President of the Austrian Sociological Association.
Bogners publication record includes around 20 peer reviewed articles and nine books, the latest on diagnoses of contemporary societies ("Gesellschaftsdiagnosen"). The main focuses of his publications are the structure and change of technology controversies, the role of public participation in technology and environmental issues, inter- and transdisciplinarity, social studies on expertise and the relationship between ethics and technology.