• E-mailthomas.volker@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 27 07
  • Visitor Address
    Parkveien 9
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Thomas Völker is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) of the University of Bergen. Initially trained as a sociologist, in his PhD thesis Völker studied “futuring” practices in transdisciplinary sustainability research from a Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective. After finishing his PhD at the University of Vienna, he joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he further developed his research interests towards questions about participatory decision-making at the multiple interfaces between science, policy and society. Völker has been working both in academia and policy with his research focusing on practices of knowledge production and circulation in environmental governance as well as on collective experiments with participatory democracy in policy making.

Thomas Völker has been teaching at University-level and for European Commission institutions.

At the University of Vienna he developed and held the following courses:

  • Kulturen der Wissenserzeugung: Von der Wertegemeinschaft zum Marktplatz der Ideen?
  • Tempor(e)alitäten: Zur Rolle von Zukunft und Zeitlichkeiten in kontemporären Wissensgesellschaften
  • Dangerous Liaisons? Tracing Society in Contemporary Knowledge Production
  • 'Who cares what the future brings?' Understanding technoscientific futures

At the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) he developed and held a course on citizen engagement together with Ângela Guimarães Pereira:

  • DG JRC Training on Citizen Engagement in Policyrelevant Science, Technology and Innovation


2020-2022 Territories as Responsive and Accountable Networks of S3 through new Forms of Open and Responsible decision-Making (TRANSFORM), Horizon 2020 - SwafS-2019

2020-21 UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group on the Universities and the 2030 Agenda

2016-20 Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security (MAGIC) , H2020-WATER