Cornelius Schubert is Visiting Professor at the section of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS). Previous to his current appointment as Professor for Sociology of Science and Technology at TU Dortmund University in Germany, he was Associate Professor for Digitalized Innovation at STePS and member of the Strategic Intelligence for Digitalization of Societal Domains platform in the department of Technology, Policy and Society (TPS).
Cornelius is a principal investigator in the NWO ECCM/MVI top-up grant Responsible Innovation Paths for Ultrathin Nanomembranes, an interdisciplinary project studying responsible innovation in the field of artificial photosynthesis.
As a sociologist of technology, Cornelius is interested in the relation of technological and social innovations and in bringing social science expertise into technological design. He has closely collaborated with engineering disciplines over the last 20 years and is keen to push the disciplinary boundaries in order to set up novel and experimental forms of cooperation.
Cornelius specializes in studying the development and use of technologies from a practice perspective, using qualitative methods such as ethnographic observations and interviews. He has been researching innovation dynamics in different societal domains, among them healthcare, semiconductor manufacturing, and finance. He is interested in the interrelations of social and technical change, studying societal transformations in local situations, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between engineering disciplines and the social sciences, as well as advancing qualitative research methodologies for studing digitalized innovation processes. His fields of research span science and technology studies, innovation studies, organization studies, medical sociology, and qualitative methods in social research.
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In this interdisciplinary project, we study responsible innovation paths for ultrathin nanomembranes in the field of artificial photosynthesis. We especially focus on a quadruple helix innovation system where four types of values are constantly negotiated and accommodated: market value (industry), political value (policymaking), moral value (civil society) and research value (academia). We bring together expertise for chemistry, philosophy and sociology in order to engage with the challenges of transfromative change.