Christian Haddad

Dr., Scientifc Researcher

working at the oiip since 2016

Contact details

+43 (0)1 581 11 06 DW 36



Dr. Christian Haddad is a researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) and a lecturer at the University of Vienna (Dept. of Political Science; Dept. of Science & Technology Studies). At the oiip he works in the thematic research area on Internationalization of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. Trained in political science and philosophy, Haddad’s overarching research focus is at the intersection of critical policy studies and science & technology studies (STS) with a strong interest in social and political theory. Currently, Haddad’s work revolves around the relationships between innovation policy and broader societal transformations. He is particularly interested in studying how innovation policy materializes in different domains and across (national, epistemic, societal) boarders and how different discourses and practices of technological innovation are articulated in close relationship with normative visions of (desirable) socio-political order, societal transformation or socioeconomic development. Empirically, Haddad has been studying these issues extensively in the field of biomedical innovation, the global political economies of pharmaceutical research, and the emerging “bio-economies” of regenerative medicine. His doctoral thesis has explored techno-political controversies over biomedical innovation policy in the field of emergent stem cell therapies. In recent projects, Haddad has expanded this focus on issues of technology transfer beyond Europe, international cooperation in STI policy, global health policy, and emerging regimes of digital safety and security.





University education

  • Ph.D. in Political Science (Dr. phil.), University of Vienna, 2016, with distinction. (Supervisor: Prof. Ulrike Felt, Dept. of Science & Technology Studies)
  • Diploma degree in Political Science, (Mag. phil.), University of Vienna, 2008, with distinction.
  • Graduate studies in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Vienna.
  • ERASMUS exchange student at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) de Lyon, France, 2005-2006. Diploma degree: Certificat d’Études Politiques (CEP).


Professional experience

  • Research fellow, Austrian Institute for International Affairs, since 2016.
  • Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, since 2009.
  • University Assistant (pre-doc) at the interdisciplinary research platform “Life-Science-Governance”, University of Vienna, 2009-2014.
  • Postgraduate researcher in the collaborative EU-FP7 project REMEDiE: "Regenerative medicine in Europe: Needs and challenges in a global context”, 2008-2011.


International fellowships and Memberships

  • Visiting fellowship at Center for Biomedicine and Society, King’s College London, 2009.
  • Visiting research fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2013.
  • Member of Austrian Society for Political Science (OGPW)
  • Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • Member of STS Austria
  • Further activities and affiliations
  • Requested as a reviewer for international academic journals such as BioSocieties (Palgrave), Science, Technology & Human Values (Sage); Austrian Journal of Political Science (OZP)
  • Member of the Faculty’s Main Research Area “Knowledge Societies in Turbulent Times: Science, Democracy and Public Space“, Faculty of Social Science, University of Vienna. (2015-16)
  • Member of the research group “Psychoanalysis and History”, Dept. of History, University of Vienna (since 2010)
  • Haddad, Christian (2018): Biopolitik post-pharmazeutischer Gesundheit in der globalen BioÖkonomie der Regenerativen Medizin. In: Renate Martinsen/Oliver Marchart (Eds). Foucault Revisited. Springer VS (in Vorbereitung).   
  • Haddad, Christian (2016). "The politics of antibiotic resistance: imminent threat, global policy, and the challenge for STS." EASST Review forthcoming 2017, online first at:   
  • Haddad, Christian (2015): Services in the Self: Embodied Labor and the Global Bioeconomy, In: Life Sciences, Society, Policy Vol 11 (9), 1-9. (peer reviewed)  
  • Paul, Katharina & Christian Haddad (2014): Marx meets meaning. A critical encounter of historical materialism and interpretive policy analysis. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft Vol. 44 (1), 46-52.  (peer reviewed)  
  • Haddad, Christian (2014): Poststructuralist Policy Analysis. In: Waldby, Catherine & Barbara Prainsack, Special Issue: Valediction for Herbert Gottweis, BioSocieties, Vol 9 (4), 457-480.  
  • Haddad, Christian, Herbert Gottweis & Haidan Chen (2013): “Unruly objects: novel innovation paths and regulatory challenges.” In: Webster, Andrew (Ed.): The Global Dynamics of Regenerative Medicine. A Social Science Critique. London: Palgrave Macmillan.    
  •  Webster, Andrew, Christian Haddad & Catherine Waldby (2011): “Experimental heterogeneity and standardization: stem cell products and the clinical trials process.” In: BioSocieties Vol 6 (4), 401-419. (peer reviewed)     
  • Haddad, Christian (2010): Zwischen Labor und Gesellschaft. Zur Biopolitik klinischer Forschung am Menschen. Frankfurt: Peter Lang.