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dr. K.E. Konrad (Kornelia)

Associate Professor

About Me

I am Associate Professor of Anticipation and Assessment of Emerging Technologies. As one of my core research interests, I study the role of anticipation in innovation, reaching from an analytical interest in the role of expectations and socio-technical futures in research, innovation and its governance, to intervention approaches, such as foresight and socio-technical scenarios. The latter are a typical element of Constructive Technology Assessment, an approach that combines socio-technical analysis, stakeholder involvement and the use of socio-technical scenarios, as a means to feed knowledge on the socio-technical context and stakeholder assessments into the development and societal embedding of innovations. Further fields of research are socio-technical change, socio-technical transitions, innovation ecosystems, and the role of use and users in innovation. I have developed tools for facilitating responsible research and innovation (RRI) in technology research and development and studied conditions for RRI in different modes of innovation.

I received a M.A. degree in sociology, physics and mathematics from the University of Freiburg i.Br., and my PhD from the University of Darmstadt. Before joining the UT in 2009, I worked at EAWAG, a research institute of the ETH domain, Zurich (CH).

I am associate editor of the journals 'Futures' and 'Engineering Studies', have served for many years as secretary-treasurer of the executive committee of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) and I am member of the teaching committee of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).

Expertise

Earth & Environmental Sciences
Anthropocene
Education
Innovation
Nanotechnology
Policy
Responsibility
Social Sciences
Nanotechnology
Technology Studies

Research

Research interests

  • anticipation in innovation processes
    • sociology of expectations
      • dynamics of collective expectations, hype cycles
      • anticipatory practices and modes of future-orientation
      • discursive analysis of promises and concerns
    • constructive technology assessment
    • foresight
    • responsible research and innovation
  • Socio-technical transitions
  • sectoral dynamics in innovation
  • innovation ecosystems
  • technology use
    • use practices
    • demand articulation
    • scenarios of use
  • nanotechnologies, energy technologies, eHealth

Publications

Recent
Konrad, K. (2021). Constructive Technology Assessment – TA als konstruktives Element im Innovationsprozess. In S. Böschen, A. Grunwald, B-J. Krings, & C. Rösch (Eds.), Technikfolgenabschätzung: Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis (pp. 209-219). Nomos Verlag.
Visscher, K. , Hahn, K. , & Konrad, K. (2019). Alignment and positioning in innovation ecosystems: Exploring strategies van industrial firms. In Proceedings of the 20th International CINet Conference: Innovating in an era of continuous disruption (pp. 507-517).
Loesch, A., Boehle, K., Coenen, C., Dobroc, P., Heil, R., Grunwald, A., Scheer, D., Schneider, C., Ferrari, A., Hommrich, D., Sand, M., Aykut, S., Dickel, S., Fuchs, D., Kastenhofer, K., Torgersen, H., Gransche, B., Hausstein, A. , Konrad, K., ... Wentland, A. (2019). Technology Assessment of Socio-Technical Futures: A Discussion Paper. In A. Loesch, A. Grunwald, M. Meister, & I. Schulz-Schaeffer (Eds.), Socio-Technical Futures Shaping the Present: Empirical Examples and Analytical Challenges (pp. 285-308). (Technikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / Futures of Technology, Science and Society ). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-27155-8_13
Konrad, K. E. , Schulze Greiving, V. , & Benneworth, P. S. (2019). The role of user-led regional innovation networks in shaping responsible innovation in eHealth: lessons from the East of the Netherlands. In T. Iakovleva, E. M. Oftedal, & J. Bessant (Eds.), Responsible Innovation in Digital Health: Empowering the Patient (pp. 163-183). (New horizons in innovation management series). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd..
Konrad, K. E. , Schulze Greiving, V. , & Benneworth, P. (2018). The role of user-led regional innovation networks in shaping responsible innovation in eHealth. (STePS working paper series "Science, Technology & Policy Studies"; Vol. 2018, No. 01). Universiteit Twente - Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS). https://doi.org/10.3990/4.2589-2169.2018.01
Ardo, S. , Fernandez Rivas, D., Modestino, M. A. , Schulze Greiving, V., Abdi, F. F., Alarcon Llado, E., Artero, V., Ayers, K., Battaglia, C., Becker, J-P., Bederak, D., Berger, A., Buda, F., Chinello, E., Dam, B., Di Palma, V., Edvinsson, T., Fujii, K. , Gardeniers, H. , ... Westerik, P. J. (2018). Pathways to Electrochemical Solar-Hydrogen Technologies. Energy & environmental science, 11(10), 2768-2783. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7EE03639F
Hahn, K. , Kuhlmann, S. , Konrad, K. E. , & Visscher, K. (2017). Co-creation: embedding companies' innovation practices in innovation ecosystem dynamics. (STePS working paper series "Science, Technology & Policy Studies"; Vol. 2017, No. 01). Universiteit Twente - Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS). https://doi.org/10.3990/4.2589-2169.2017.01
Konrad, K. , & Alvial Palavicino, C. (2017). Evolving Patterns of Governance of, and by, Expectations: The Graphene Hype Wave. In D. M. Bowman, E. Stokes, & A. Rip (Eds.), Embedding New Technologies into Society: A Regulatory, Ethical & Societal Perspective (pp. 187-217). Pan Stanford Publishers.
Bowman, D. M. , Dijkstra, A., Fautz, C., Guivant, J. S. , Konrad, K. , Shelley Egan, C., & Woll, S. (Eds.) (2017). The Politics and Situatedness of Emerging Technologies. (Studies of New and Emerging Technologies; Vol. 8). IOS Press.
te Kulve, H. , & Konrad, K. E. (2017). The demand side of innovation governance: Demand articulation processes in the case of nano-based sensor technologies. In D. M. Bowman, E. Stokes, & A. Rip (Eds.), Embedding New Technologies into Society: A Regulatory, Ethical and Societal Perspective (pp. 159-186). Pan Stanford Publishing. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9789814745758/chapters/10.1201%2F9781315379593-14
Visscher, K. , Hahn, K. , Konrad, K. E., Sauer, A., Dale-Clough, L., & Georghiou, L. (2017). Innovation ecosystem strategies of industrial firms. Paper presented at EU-SPRI Annual Conference 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Visscher, K. , Hahn, K. , Konrad, K. E., Sauer, A., Dale-Clough, L., & Georghiou, L. (2017). Innovation ecosystem strategies of industrial firms. Paper presented at R&D Management Conference 2017, Leuven, Belgium.
Hahn, K. , Kuhlmann, S. , Konrad, K. , & Visscher, K. (2017). Co-creation: Embedding companies'innovation practices in innovation ecosystem dynamics. (STePS Working Paper Series "Science, Technology & Policy Studies"; No. 01/17). University of Twente.

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Education

I teach in a number of social and technical programmes on master and bachelor level, in particular on topics related to my research, such as the role of futures and anticipation in innovation, societal embedding and technology assessment. I coordinate the minor ‘Governance of Innovation and Socio-Technical Change’ and I am member of the teaching committees of the master programme Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society and the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC).

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Bachelor

Master

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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Courses Academic Year  2020/2021

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4307
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4307
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands