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Science, Politics and the Problem of Problem Choice


  • Junior research group "Discovering, Exploring, and Addressing Grand Societal Challenges" (funded by Stiftung Mercator, 2014–2018)

  • Stiftungsprofessur “Wissenschaftsforschung und Politik” (funded by Stiftung Mercator, 2015–2021)

  • Engineering the Climate. Science, Politics, and the Career of a Plan B (Dissertation Julia Schubert, submitted in 2018)

Selected Publications

  • Kaldewey, David (2015): Die responsive Struktur der Wissenschaft. Ein Kommentar. In: Matthies, Hildegard / Simon, Dagmar / Torka, Marc (Hg.): Die Responsivität der Wissenschaft. Wissenschaftliches Handeln in Zeiten neuer Wissenschaftspolitik. Bielefeld: Transcript, S. 209-230.

  • Kaldewey, David / Russ, Daniela / Schubert, Julia (im Erscheinen): The Politics of Technoscience. From National Visions to Global Problems. In: Maasen, Sabine / Dickel, Sascha / Schneider, Christoph (Hg.): TechnoScienceSociety: Technological Reconfigurations of Science and Society. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook. Heidelberg: Springer.

  • Flink, Tim / Kaldewey, David (2018): The New Production of Legitimacy. STI Policy Discourses Beyond the Contract Metaphor. Research Policy 47(1), S. 14-22.

  • Kaldewey, David (2018): The Grand Challenges Discourse. Transforming Identity Work in Science and Science Policy. Minerva 56(2), S. 161-182.

  • Kaldewey, David / Schauz, Désirée (Hg.) (2018): Basic and Applied Research. The Language of Science Policy in the Twentieth Century. New York: Berghahn Books.

  • Chumtong, Jason / Kaldewey, David (2017): Beyond the Google Ngram Viewer. Bibliographic Databases and Journal Archives as Tools for the Quantitative Analysis of Scientific and Meta-Scientific Concepts. FIW Working Paper No. 8, Bonn.


  • Workshop “Politics of Urban Knowledge: Towards an Epistemic History of the City”, Antwerp, City Campus UA, December 14−15, 2018.

  • Summer School "Science and Politics - Exploring Relations Between Academic Research, Higher Education, and Science Policy", 10.-14. September 2018. 

  • Workshop "The Politics of Grand Challenges" am 25./26. Januar 2018 

  • Workshop: Responsivität in Wissenschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft, 17.-19. September 2015 

  • FIW Vortragsreihe im Sommersemester 2014: "Perspektiven der Moderne: Die Responsivität der Wissenschaft"


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