Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack

Portrait photo of Barbara Prainsack.

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Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis
Head - Research Platform Governance of digital practices
Chair - European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

On research leave for the academic year 2023/2024 at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin


Neues Institutsgebäude
Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor
Room: B 208
1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 23
F: +43-1-4277-949 4
E-Mail: barbara.prainsack@univie.ac.at

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Director: Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity

New book (in German): Wofür wir arbeiten

Office hours

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Teaching assistant: Lena Schober


Courses: u:find

Research interests

Health policy; practices, institutions and politics of solidarity; political, social and ethical aspects of Personalised Medicine; data-rich practices in science and medicine; regulation of DNA technologies in medicine and forensics; comparative science & technology policy

Short biography

• Since 2017 Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna

• 2013-2017: Professor at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London

• September 2011 – Dezember 2012: Professor for Sociology and Politics of Life Sciences, Brunel University, London

• Summer semester 2010: Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt

• 2007: Senior Lecturer, then Associate Professor at the Center for Biomedicine & Society, King’s College London

• Fall 2006: Guest Scientist at ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Cardiff University, Wales

• October 2005: Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Studies, Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok

• 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Student at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

• 2004: Doctoral Thesis on “’Negotiating Life’: The Regulation of Embryonic Stem Cells Research and Human Cloning in Israel“ (Dissertation Award of the Austrian Political Science Association)

• 2002: Visiting Doctoral Student at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

• Study of Political Science at the University of Vienna

National Ethics Councils, governmental and other advisory roles, scientific advisory board memberships

• Since 2022: Chair (and since 2017 member) of the European Group on Ethics and New Technologies    (advisory board to the European Commission)

• Since 2021: elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

• Since 2021: Chair of the scientific advisory board of the Theodor Körner Fonds

• Since 2017: Elected Foreign Member, Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters

• 2015-2017: Member of the Ethics Commission of the UK National DNA Database (NDNAD), Home Office, UK

• 2016: Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation

• Since 2011: Member of the British Royal Society of Arts

• 2011-2012: together with Aarno Palotie and Stephen Holgate: Leader of the „Forward Look“ on Personalised Medicine, European Science Foundation (ESF)
• 2009-2014: Representative of the United Kingdom in the Committee for Social Sciences, European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST)

• Since 2009: Member of the Austrian Bioethics Commission

Selected Bibliography

A full list of publications is available here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Barbara_Prainsack

Journal Articles

Find all articles here.

Books (selection)

  • Barbara Prainsack. Wofür wir arbeiten. 2023. Brabdstätter Verlag.
  • Rezensionen:
  • Wofür wir arbeiten, von Mathias Zehnder, Wochenkommentar & Mehr (04.04.2023).
  • Wofür wir arbeiten, von Margaretha Kopeinig, Falter (10.03.2023)