Visiting Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Voß

Chair of Society and Technology | Faculty of Arts and Humanities | RWTH Aachen University


  • Changing societies & economies

Jan-Peter Voß is visiting professor at the Chair of Society and Technology, temporarily taking on Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen’s teaching commitments. His research focuses on relations of politics/governance with science/technology, lately also with art/design. Until 2022 he was heading the Chair of Sociology of Politics and Governance at Berlin University of Technology (TU Berlin), first as junior professor, then as visiting professor, initially as leader of a research group on “innovation in governance”. Before that, he was engaged with transdisciplinary research on socio-technical transformations for sustainable development (mainly in the field of energy and climate) at the Öko-Institut e.V., a major German environmental policy think tank. He did his doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University of Twente’s Dept. of Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), in 2007, and graduated in Political Science at Free University of Berlin (FU Berlin) and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1999. He is member of the steering group of the Political Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association (DGS).

Special interests

Reflexive Governance, experimental strategies of shaping transformation, innovation journeys of new forms of governance and democracy, public engagement in science and technology, relations of political, epistemic and aesthetic practices

Book publications

Voß, J.-P., Schölzel, H. (2024) (eds.): Fabrikation von Demokratie. Baustellen performativer politischer Repräsentation. Wiesbaden: Springer VS

Voß, J.-P., Rigamonti, N., Suarez, M., Watson, J. (eds.) (2023): Sensing Collectives. Aesthetic and political practices intertwined. Bielefeld: transcript

Voß, J.-P. and Freeman, R. (eds.) (2016): Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Newig, J., Voß, J.-P., Monstadt, J. (eds.) (2008): Governance for sustainable development: coping with ambivalence, uncertainty and distributed power. Routledge, London (reprint of special Issue, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 9 (3/4))

Voß, J.-P. (2007): Designs on Governance. Development of policy instruments and dynamics in governance. Doctoral dissertation, School of Management and Governance, University of Twente.

Voß, J.-P., Bauknecht, D., Kemp, R. (eds.) (2006): Reflexive Governance for Sustainable Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

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