Participation, Governance and Technology Assessment Research Area

Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

Researching and Testing New Approaches to Participation, Governance and Technology and Risk Assessment

ZIRIUS researches and explores new forms of participation in politics, economy, science, and civil society in a wide variety of contexts.

The main focus in the area of governance at ZIRIUS is on risk management. We study innovative, participative approaches that allow for the inclusion and consideration of all relevant stakeholders, their interactions and communication with each other, as well as their processes of decision-making.


Against the background of pluralised living environments, ZIRIUS explores the following aspects of technology assessment: scientific assessment, social assessment, and the chances of influencing and shaping socio-technical development. Participation of all relevant stakeholders is essential here.


The integrated approach taken in this research area allows for generating knowledge and identifying resources for supporting decision-making. Thus, we address societal challenges and their implications for politics, the economy, science and civil society.

Current Projects of this Research Area

CampUS exponent i is a real-world laboratory focussing on climate neutrality by investigating sustainable planning processes using intelligent control systems for buildings.

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TechnikRadar is a joint project by the Körber Foundationacatech, ZIRIUS and the Department of Sociology of Technology and Environment at the University of Stuttgart. The aim of the project is the regular collection of empirical data and analysis of the attitudes, expectations and perspectives in relation to new technologies and technical change.

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Using the example of the Río Lurín water catchment area in the region of Lima, Peru, experts from various disciplines are collaborating in the joint project TRUST to develop planning tools as well as water and wastewater disposal concepts primarily for drinking water supply. ZIRIUS coordinates the project with the overall objective of contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

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The VENAMO research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and explores the question of the extent to which traffic relief effects can be achieved through spatial and temporal flexible work and a change in mobility behaviour for work-related travel (including the use of new mobility technologies).

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Members of Research Area Participation, Governance and Technology Assessment


This image shows Sarah-Kristina Wist

Sarah-Kristina Wist


Spokesperson for the Research Area Participation, Governance and Technology Assessment

Sabine Mücke


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