Christian Haddad

Dr., Scientifc Researcher

working at the oiip since 2016

Contact details

+43 (0)1 581 11 06 DW 36



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 coordinates the research area Global Politics of Innovation.

Trained in political science and philosophy, Haddad’s overarching focus is at the intersection of critical policy studies and science & technology studies (STS) with a strong interest in social and political theory.

His research interests include:

  • Social studies of science, technology and innovation (esp. sociotechnical visions and global discourses of innovation in Europe, the US, and the MENA region)
  • Critical studies of innovation, security and the state (esp. global health security, digital safety and security)
  • Governmentality studies, state theory and policy analysis
  • Politics of regulation (esp. pharmaceuticals and biomedical research and product regulation)
  • Political economy of science and innovation (esp. bioeconomy of the life sciences)
  • Political theories of the contemporary (esp. materialist and poststructuralist theories)



  • Doctor of philosophy (Dr.phil.) in Political Science, University of Vienna, 2016, with distinction. Dissertation: “The Biopolitics of Innovation: visions and values of research, regulation and experimentation in the making of regenerative stem cell medicine“  (Supervisor: Prof. Ulrike Felt, Dept. of Science & Technology Studies)
  • Diploma degree (Mag. phil.) in Political Science, 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.
  • Researcher in the collaborative EU-FP7 project REMEDiE: “Regenerative medicine in Europe: Needs and challenges in a global context” (REMEDiE), 2008-2011.



International fellowships

  • Visiting fellow, Center for Biomedicine and Society, King’s College London, 2009.
  • Visiting fellow, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, New South Wales, 2013.



Research projects at the oiip

Project leader / PI:

  • The politics of innovation in Morocco and Jordan: Sociotechnical visions, national strategies, global discourses. (more)
  • Transnational Lecture Series on the Internationalization of Science, Technology and Innovation (more)

Project team member / researcher:

  • Technology transfers  beyond Europe: political, institutional and social conditions for technology transfer in Egypt and Algeria (more)
  • LINKS Linking climate change mitigation, energy security, and regional development: the performance of Austria’s Climate and Energy Model Regions (more)




  • University of Vienna, Faculty of Social Sciences, since 2009 (Political Science, Sociology, Science-Technology-Society). For the full list of courses see the University Database U:FIND




  • Austrian Association for Science and Technology Studies (STS Austria)
  • Austrian Society for Political Science (OGPW)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)



  • Paul, Katharina & Haddad, Christian (2019): Beyond evidence versus truthiness: toward a symmetrical approach to knowledge and ignorance in policy studies. In: Policy Sciences (peer-reviewed)
  • Haddad, Christian (2019): Embodied values: Post-pharmaceutical health and the accumulation of surplus vitality in regenerative stem cell medicine. In: Sociologias Vol. 21 (50), p. 48-79. (peer-reviewed)
  • Haddad, Christian (2019): “My body ≠ drug!“ Artikulationen post-pharmazeutischer Gesundheit in der Biopolitik der Innovation im Feld der regenerativen Medizin. In: Marchart Oliver, Martinsen Renate (eds) Foucault und das Politische. Springer VS: Wiesbaden.
  • 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.



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