Ass.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Theresa Paul

Portrait photo of Katharina Theresa Paul.

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Tenure-Track Professorship: Digital Health Governance


Kolingasse 14-16/5th Floor, Room 05.11
1090 Vienna, Austria
T: +43-1-4277-494 38

Office hour

To be arranged by email


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Research interests

Katharina Paul leads a six-year project titled “Valuing Vaccination” (VALUE VACC) and a team of five early career researchers. More on her group can be found here.

comparative policy analysis; interpretative policy research; health policy; regulation, medicine & biopolitics; science and technology research

Short Biography

• Since 1/10/2022 Tenure-Track Professor for Digital Health Governance, University of Vienna
• Since 1/3/2017 Elise Richter Fellow (FWF), University of Vienna
• 09/2016 – 06/2017 Senior Research Fellow & Principal investigator, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Project: CODE IT! Understanding vaccination policy with citizen science (Austrian Science Fund, FWF, TCS 14).
• 2013 – 2016, Lise Meitner Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Project: Immunization politicized: the governance of cervical cancer prevention (Austrian Science Fund, FWF M1477).
• 02/2010 – 02/2013 Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG), Department of Health Care Governance, Erasmus University Rotterdam
• 01/2009 – 09/2009 Senior Researcher, Interdisciplinary Center for Comparative Research (ICCR), Vienna, Research Activities on EU-funded Projects: MoniQA Network of Excellence (EU FP6); HealthGovMatters (EU FP7)
• 09/2004 – 10/2008 PhD Research, Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, Thesis Title: Food Safety: A Matter of Taste? Food Safety Policy in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and at the Level of the European Union (Funded by the Netherlands Research Fund, NWO)

Research Grants

• 10/2022 – 09/2028 FWF Startprize Programme, Project: VALUE-VACC - Valuing Vaccination: A multi-sited policy valuography
• 03/2017 – 02/2021 Elise Richter Fellowship, FWF VA561
• 09/2016 – 02/2017 Top Citizen Science Project, Project: Understanding vaccination policy with citizen science (Austrian Science Fund, FWF, TCS 14)
• 03/2013 – 07/2016 Lise Meitner Fellowship, FWF M1477 – G22
• 04/2013 – 10/2014 ZonMW Grant, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development Toezicht op Wet Medisch-wetenschappelijk Onderzoek met mensen (WMO): onderzoek naar effecten en knelpunten in het toezicht op klinisch onderzoek (transferred to Co-Applicant Samantha Adams in favour of Lise Meitner Fellowship; involvement as Member of Supervisory Committee)
• 08/2012 – 02/2013 Rotterdam Global Health Initiative Research Grant (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Project: Unpacking Informed Consent in Tuberculosis control, With Julia Quartz and Bernike Pasveer (Maastricht)

Peer-reviewed publications:

For a full list of publications and regular updates see here.

  • Paul, K.T. & Palfinger, T. (2020). Walking the (argumentative) talk using citizen science: involving young people in a critical policy analysis of vaccination policy in Austria. Evidence & Policy, fast track/first online.
  • Paul, K. &  Haddad, C. (2019). Beyond evidence vs. truthiness: Towards a symmetrical approach to knowledge and ignorance in policy studies. Policy Sciences , 52(2), 299–314.
  • Paul, K.T. & Loer, K. (2019). Contemporary vaccination policy in the European Union: tensions and dilemmas. Journal of Public Health Policy, 4(2), 166–179.
  • Paul, K.T. (2018). Collective Organization of Discourse Expertise using Information Technology – CODE IT! A citizen science case study of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination debate. IT- Information Technology, 60(1), 21-27.
  • Paul, K.T.  & Straßheim, H. (2018). Consumer policy. In H. Heinelt and S. Münch (eds.) (2016) Handbook Of European Policy: Formation, Development and Evaluation. Edward Elgar, London.
  • Paul, K.T., Wallenburg, I. & Bal, R. (2018). Putting public health infrastructures to the test: Introducing HPV vaccination in Austria and the Netherlands. Sociology of Health & Illness, 40(1), 67–81.
  • Paul, K.T. (2016). “Saving lives”: Adapting and adopting HPV vaccination in Austria. Social Science & Medicine, 153, 193-200.
  • Adams S., Paul K.T., Ketelaars C. & Robben P. (2015). The use of mystery guests by the Dutch Health Inspectorate: Results of a pilot study in long-term intramural elderly care. Health Policy, 119, 821-830.
  • Paul, K.T. & Haddad, C. (2015). Marx meets meaning: A critical encounter between historical materialism and interpretive policy analysis. A reply to Brand’s State, Context, Correspondence. OZP – Austrian Journal of Political Science, 44(1), 46-52.
  • Paul, K. T., Avezaat, C. J. J., Friele, R. D., IJzermans, J. N. & Bal, R. A. (2013). Organ donation as transition work: Policy discourse and clinical practice in The Netherlands. Health, 18(4), 369-87.
  • Paul, K. T. (2012). The Europeanization of food safety: a discourse-analytical approach. Journal of European Public Policy, 19(4), 549-566.
  • Paul, K. T. (2011). From ‘Politics in the Stable’ to Stable Politics: Challenges and Continuities in Dutch Food Policy Discourse. Science as Culture, 20(2), 209-229.
  • Paul, K. T. (2009). Discourse analysis: an exploration of methodological issues and a call for methodological courage in the field of policy analysis. Critical Policy Studies, 3(2), 240 – 253.
  • Paul, K. T. (2008). Thought for Food (Safety) in the EU: A discourse – analytical approach. GARNET Working Paper series 38/08.
  • Paul, K. T. (2007). Food for Thought: Change and Continuity in German Food Safety Policy. Critical Policy Analysis, 1(1), 18-32.

Non-peer reviewed:

  • Heigl, F., Kieslinger, B., Paul, K.T., Uhlik, J. & Dörler, D. (2019). Opinion: Toward an international definition of citizen science. PNAS, April 23, 2019, 116(17), 8089-8092.
  • Heigl, F., Kieslinger, B.,  Paul, K.T.,  Uhlik, J.  & Dörler, D. (2019). Reply to Auerbach et al.: How our Opinion piece invites collaboration. PNAS, July 30, 2019, 116(31), 15338.
  • Paul, K.T. (2010). Buchbesprechung: Steuerung von Wissenschaft? Die Governance des österreichischen Innovationssystems, Innsbruck/Wien 2010, StudienVerlag [Book review]. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 39(4), 485-486.