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Research interests

His research interests include social theory and methodology, knowledge and normativity, theories of action and institutionalization, phenomenology, philosophical anthropology and neurology, and the sociologies of science, governance, innovation and citizenship, as well as that of music.

Current research projects:

-       DiscGo: The Governance of Discontinuation of Socio-technical Systems, their Infrastructures and Regimes (Open Research Area NWO-DFG-ANR-ESCR) [LINK][LINK]

-       InnoForESt - Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services (H2020-RUR-2016-2017/H2020-RUR-2017-1) [LINK]

-       He participates in the ‘UT Text analysis Café’ [LINK]

Finished research projects at STePS:

-       EU-MACS: European Market for Climate Services (H2020-SC5-03-2016) [LINK]

-       ResAGorA: Responsible Research and Innovation in a Distributed Anticipatory Governance Frame. A Constructive Socio-normative Approach (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]

-       VERA: Forward Visions on the European Research Area (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]

-       RIF: Research and Innovation Futures 2030: From explorative to transformative scenarios (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]

-       NanoNextNL, 1C program-level activities (STW) [LINK]

Current research interest:

1. Governance in Action

     1.1    The Discontinuation of Socio-Technical Regimes [LINKLINKLINK]

     1.2    Innovation in Technoscience-based and Ecosystem-based Services [LINK]

     1.3    Governance of socio-technical systems: energy, sustainability, consumer products [LINKS]

     1.4    Innovations of Intermediary Institutions in Science Governance [LINK]    

     1.5    Governance of Life-Sciences, ELSI/ELSA Genomics, and Nanotechnology [LINKLINK]

     1.6    Normativity in Law, Science, Technology, Innovation and Research [LINKLINK]

2. Theory

     2.1     Interactionist Governance Theory; governance-in-action [LINK]

     2.2     ANT, the Sociology of Knowledge and of Governance

     2.3     Mundane Phenomenology and Governance [LINK]

     2.4     Mundane Phenomenology and Technology [LINK]

3. Methodology

     3.1     Explorative-Interpretative Research [LINK]

     3.2     Grounded Theory Approach

     3.3     Hermeneutic Interpretation in general, of multi-lingual data in particular [LINK]

     3.4     Hermeneutic Interpretation of Web Contents [LINK]

     3.5     Situational Analysis

     3.6     Praxeography

     3.7     Foresight

4. Didactisation of research methods

     4.1     Explorative-Interpretative Research Design [LINK]

     4.2     Hermeneutic Data Interpretation [LINK]

     4.3     Participation and Observation [LINK]

     4.4     Explorative-Interpretative Governance Research [LINK]

     4.5     Grounded Theory Approach 

Peter also serves as reviewer of research projects for German Research Foundation (DFG), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and Polish National Science Centre (NCN), as well as for the journals ‘Research Policy’, ‘Symbolic Interaction’, ‘Minerva’, ‘Science and Public Policy’, ‘Environmental Science & Policy’, ‘Nordic Journal of Science and Technology’, ‘Creativity and Innovation Management’, ‘Journal of Public Policy’, ‘Policy Sciences’, ,’Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie’ ‘Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Rechtswissenschaft’, ‘FQS Forum Qualitative Research’, Energy, Sustainability and Society, 'GAIA', and ‘Zeitschrift für Theoretische Soziologie’. He is also member of the Selection Committee of the IPODI (International Post-Doc Initiative), a Marie Curie Actions based postdoctoral fellowship programme for international female researchers at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Mundane Phenomenology
  • Ethnography
  • Interactions
  • Institutions
  • Organisations
  • Knowledge
  • Practice
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • Institutional processes and practice
  • Interation
  • K Law (General)
  • Public law
  • Socio-legal phenomena
  • Judicial practice
  • Normativities

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Research Output 1998 2019

Assessing and supporting governance and business innovations for the sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services in Europe

Mann, C., Loft, L., Hernández-Morcillo, M., Stegmaier, P., Aukes, E. J., Brogaard, S., Geneletti, D., Großmann, C., Kluvankova, T., Krause, T., Maier, C., Orsi, F., Primmer, E., Sattler, C., Sorge, S., Spacek, M., Meyer, C., Schleyer, C. & Varumo, L., 2019, (Submitted) In : Forest policy and economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ecosystem service
ecosystem services
forest ecosystems
forest ecosystem

Die hermeneutische Interpretation multisprachlicher Daten in transnationalen Forschungskontexten

Stegmaier, P., 24 Apr 2019, Interkulturelle Qualitative Sozialforschung. Roslon, M. & Bettmann, R. (eds.). Springer, p. 227-249

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

How much unnoticed merit is there in climate services?

Perrels, A., Le, T-T., Hoa, E. & Stegmaier, P., 2019, (Submitted) In : Climate Services.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

market development
European Union

Interim Ecosystems Service Governance Navigator & Manual for its Use: InnoForESt Deliverable 5.1

Aukes, E. J., Stegmaier, P. & Hernandez-Morcillo, M., 2019, InnoForESt. 88 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Killing the Coal. On governing the discontinuation of coal energy production

Stegmaier, P., 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther


Activities 2003 2019

  • 12 Oral presentation
  • 9 Invited talk
  • 4 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Killing the Coal. On governing the discontinuation of coal energy production

Peter Stegmaier (Speaker)
14 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Discontinuity of socio-technical regimes – A typology of pathways and governance

Peter Stegmaier (Speaker)
4 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Reflexive Creation of Exiting – On The Governance of Discontinuation

Peter Stegmaier (Keynote speaker)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Emerging cultures of electric vehicle use – a governance perspective

Peter Stegmaier (Speaker)
13 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Arbeitskreis Polizieren

Peter Stegmaier (Participant), Jo Reichertz (Organiser)
23 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...