Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack

Professor for Comparative Policy Analysis


Neues Institutsgebäude
Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor
Room: B 0208
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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Office hour

After agreement via E-Mail

Study assistant: Emilia Jawad, BA


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

• Study of Political Science at the University of Vienna
• 2002: Visiting Doctoral Student at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
• 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)
• 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Student at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
• October 2005: Visiting Professor at the Institute of International Studies, Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok
• Fall 2006: Guest Scientist at ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Cardiff University, Wales
• 2007: Senior Lecturer, then Associate Professor at the Center for Biomedicine & Society, King’s College London
• Summer semester 2010: Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University, Frankfurt
• September 2011 – Dezember 2012: Professor for Sociology and Politics of Life Sciences, Brunel University, London
• 2013-2017: Professor at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London

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

• Since 2009: Member of the Austrian Bioethics Commission
• 2009-2014: Representative of the United Kingdom in the Committee for Social Sciences, European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST)
• 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)
• 2015-2017: Member of the Ethics Commission of the UK National DNA Database (NDNAD), Home Office, UK
• 2016: Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation
• Since 2017: Member, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (advising the European Commission)
• Since 2017: Elected Foreign Member, Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters

Selected Bibliography

(A full list of publication will follow shortly!)

Books (selection)

Magazine Articles (selection)

  • Barbara Prainsack. The We in the Me: Solidarity and Healthcare in the Era of Personalised Medicine. Science, Technology & Human Values (in press).
  • Barbara Prainsack. 2015. Is personalized medicine different? British Journal of Sociology 66/1: 28-35.
  • Jeantine E. Lunshof, George M. Church, and Barbara Prainsack. 2014. Raw Personal Data: Providing Access. Science 343/6169: 373-374.
  • Barbara Prainsack, and Ayo Wahlberg. 2013. Situated Bio-Regulation – Ethnographic Sensibility at the interface of STS, policy studies, and the social studies of medicine. BioSocieties 8/3: 336-359.
  • Barbara Prainsack, and Alena Buyx. 2013. A solidarity-based approach to the governance of research biobanks. Medical Law Review 21(1): 71-91.
  • Barbara Prainsack. 2011. The Power of Prediction: How Personal Genomics became a Policy Challenge. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 40/4: 401-415.
  • Barbara Prainsack. 2011. Voting with their mice: Personal genome testing and the ‘participatory turn’ in disease research. Accountability in Research 18/3: 132-147.