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Dr. Julia Schubert


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Interview: Scientists Informing Congress. How Julia Schubert Uses Geoengineering Policy as a Case Study

Julia Schubert is a Research Associate in the Mercator research project on the Politics and Sociology of Science at the Department of Science Studies at the FIW Bonn. 

Julia's research lies at the interface of the sociology of science, science studies, historical sociology, and environmental studies. She is particularly interested in the interrelation of science, technology, and policy in modern world society. In a current book project (under contract with Mattering Press, Manchester), Julia examines the emerging debate over so-called climate engineering measures, i.e. suggestions to deliberately intervene in the natural climate system to address symptoms or causes of anthropogenic climate change. The book traces the 'career' of climate engineering as a consistent node that has linked scientific research to shifting political challenges.

In 2019, Julia defended her dissertation thesis on "Engineering the Climate. Science, Politics, and the Career of a Plan B" (supervision Rudolf Stichweh, David Kaldewey) at the University of Bonn with distinction (summa cum laude). She graduated from Heidelberg University with a M.A. in sociology, top of her class. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted field research at the CIRES Center for Science and Technology Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Together with Julian Hamann and David Kaldewey, she was awarded the first prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for a contribution on the societal relevance of research.


Research Interests & Projects

  • Interrelations of Science, Technology, and Policy in Modern World Society
  • Sociology of Climate Change and Geoengineering Expertise
  • Engineering the Climate. Science, Politics, and the Career of a Plan B
  • Science Studies; Sociology of Expertise; Epistemic Communities
  • Historical Sociology