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 research area Power Transition and Diffusion with a focus on the role of science, technology and innovation policy in international relations and global politics. Haddad’s focus in on how technoscience and policy mutually shape each other, how the normative regimes governing their relationships between science, society and policy are being negotiated and performed in various sites, and how regulation is inscribed into desirable forms of innovation. In his doctoral thesis Haddad has explored controversies over biomedical research and innovation policy in the field of emergent stem cell therapies. Title of the thesis: “The biopolitics of innovation: (re-)articulating visions and values of research, regulation and human experimentation in the making of regenerative stem cell medicine” (Submitted for review July 2016).

Academic education and work experience

  • Study of Political Science and Philosophy, University of Vienna. Diploma degree (Magister philosophiae, with distinction) in Political Science, 2008.
  • ERASMUS exchange student at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) de Lyon, France, 2005-2006.
  • University Assistant at the interdisciplinary research platform “Life-Science-Governance”, University of Vienna, 2009-2014.
  • Visiting fellowships at King’s College London (2009) and at the University of Sydney (2013)
  • Doctoral studies in political science, University of Vienna, 2016. Thesis: “The biopolitics of innovation: (re-)articulating visions and values of research, regulation and human experimentation in the making of regenerative stem cell medicine” (Supervisor: Prof. Ulrike Felt, Dept. of Science & Technology Studies)


Further academic experiences and affiliations

  • Postgraduate researcher in the collaborative project REMEDiE: Regenerative medicine in Europe: Needs and challenges in a global context (EU-FP7, Director: Prof. Andrew Webster, York University, UK), 2008-2011.
  • Project-based collaboration in the research project “Immunization Politicized: the governance of cervical cancer prevention” (Austrian Science Fund, Project leader: Dr. Katharina Paul, University of Vienna), 2016.
  • Occasional reviewer for international academic journals: BioSocieties (BIOSOC); Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV); 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.



  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • STS Austria
  • Austrian Society for Political Science (OGPW)



  • 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.