Peter Stegmaier


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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]

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

Finished research projects at STePS:

-       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]

-       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 [LINKLINKLINKLINK]

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

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

     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 [LINKLINKLINK]

     1.7    Office Studies (an approach to study bureaucratisation, administration and bureauisation beyond public/business administration) [LINK]

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 [LINKLINK]

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 [LINK]

     3.7     Constructive Innovation Assessment & Constructive Technology Assessment [LINKLINKLINKLINK]

     3.8     Foresight [LINK]

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’, 'Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions', 'Energy Research & Social Science', 'Human Studies', ‘Symbolic Interaction’, ‘Minerva’, 'Science as Culture', ‘Science and Public Policy’, ‘Environmental Science & Policy’, ‘Nordic Journal of Science and Technology’, 'Technovation', ‘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, 'Policy & Society', 'Policy Sciences', 'Foresight', 'Climate Services', 'GAIA', 'Soziologische Revue', 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.



For the IGS Datalab, he offers free support for those practicing qualitative research and computer-assisted data analysis with ATLAS.ti. [LINK].

Within the Faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS), he is chair of the BMS Examination Board’s partial committee ‘Interdisciplinary Sciences’.

Currently taught courses:


  • ‘Policy Analysis in Public and Technological Domains’, Masters Public Administration, Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society (with Barend van der Meulen) [LINK]
  • 'Deliberative Governance of Knowledge and Innovation', Masters Public Administration, Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society (with Cornelius Schubert & Erik Fisher) [LINK]
  • 'Science and Technology Studies', Masters Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society and Industrial Design and Engineering
  • 'Technologies in Use', Master Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society (with Peter-Paul Verbeek)
  • 'Perspectives on Governance of Socio-Technical Change', Master Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society (with Kornelia Konrad)
  • ‘HTHT Minor Governance of Innovation and Socio-Technical Change’ (module)/‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’ (component) (with Kornelia Konrad, Cornelius Schubert) [LINK]
  • ‘PhiloLab’, Master Philosophy of Science and Technology in Society (with Jochem Zwier) [LINK]
  • RESTS-IBA Module 11 CHANGEL sub-module ‘Strategic & Responsible Foresight’, Bachelor International Business Administration (with Cornelius Schubert & Kornelia Konrad) [LINK]
  • ‘Data Session’ [LINKLINK]
  • UT wide qualitative research coaching [LINKLINK]


BSc, MSc, and PhD topic areas:

1.       The governance of the transition and the discontinuation of socio-technical systems

1.1   Vincent R. Visser: ‘The purposeful governance of technology discontinuation: An exploratory study on the discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb’ (2012, MSc PA/GKI, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.2   A. Katharina Schulte: ‘The light industry as actor and factor in the EU discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb’ (2015, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.3   Niels Oudelaar: ‘The role of NGOs in the EU Light Bulb ban process’ (2015, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Frans Coenen)

1.4   Marita Bulten: ‘Understanding global discontinuation governance—An explorative study on the global mercury ban by the UN Minamata Convention’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.5   Evert J. Swarts: ‘ICE transport discontinuation in the Netherlands: What is the the Dutch government doing about it?’ (2016, BSc thesis BSK, with co-supervisor Ariana Need)

1.6   Thilo Berns: 'The discontinuation of the Private Finance Initiative: an analysis of the UK's abolition of the PF2 model' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)


1.7   Celina Jella Bomers: 'Discontinuation or extension - an explorative study on the discontinuation of interim storage for nuclear waste in Ahaus, Germany' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)

1.8   Laura Vani Kesore: 'The discontinuation of the Airbus A380 product line - a multi-level perspective on governance actors in Germany' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)


1.9   Hannah Michelle Kühn: '(De-)Legitimization strategy: The Discontinuation of Humanitarian Rescue Efforts in the Mediterranean' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)


1.10   Carina Christin Liersch: 'Discontinuing coal in Germany - Keeping the forest above to phase out the coal below: An explorative study of the negotiation process in terms of interests, conflicts and coalitions' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)

1.11   Lisa Adriana Pramann: 'Governing a Discontinuing EU Membership. An explorative study on the EU’s strategy and practise for organising the Brexit process' (2019, BSc thesis MST, with co-supervisor Don Westerheijden)

1.12   Saskia Boswinkel: 'The road to the National Prevention Agreement. A qualitative study of the political factors which resulted in the development of the National Prevention Agreement' (2019, BSc thesis MST, co-supervisor with Harry de Boer)

1.13   Hanna Dittmar: ' Living in a Society without Cash - The Establishment of a Cash-Free Society in Germany and the Netherlands' (2019, BSc thesis MST, co-supervisor with Harry de Boer)

1.14   Erik Schreiner: 'The exit from the G8 upper secondary school reform in Germany - a multiple case study' (2019, BSc thesis MST, co-supervisor with Harry de Boer)

1.15   Esther Steverding: 'Step down - The way to the decision to end compulsory military service in Germany' (2019, BSc thesis MST, co-supervisor with Harry de Boer)

2.       Governance in action

2.1   Franziska C. Raspe: ‘The official positions of the AKP and CHP on Turkey’s EU accession process—a comparative study’ (2011, BSc ES, with co-supervisor Rob Hoppe)

2.2   Daniela K. Müller: ‘Arguments, strategies, roles: the legitimisation of Stuttgart 21’ (2011, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

2.3   Caro Valladares Pasquel: ‘Ecuadorian public policy towards the good living. An interpretive policy analysis from the large scale mining conflict’ (2013, MSc PA; co-supervisor with Ringo Ossewarde)

2.4   Diego Guerrero Melo: ‘A model of public intervention for music festivals as creative industries in small and medium-sized cities: an assessment of the case of Enschede’ (2013, MSc thesis; co-supervisor with Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros)

2.5   Casper van Hoorn: ‘Local climate change mitigation policy. Frame analysis of stakeholder views on local climate mitigation policy in the small Dutch municipalities Lingewaard and Renkum’ (2014, BSc thesis BSK; co-supervisor with Thomas Hoppe and Pascal Zoetbrood)

2.6   Arjen van der Vegt: ‘Local climate change policy: a comparative analysis of climate mitigation- and adaptation policy between four municipalities in Twente, The Netherlands’ (2015, MSc thesis PA; co-supervisor with Thomas Hoppe)

2.7   Jeroen Veenhuizen: ‘Political markets in Dutch Municipalities. An interpretative policy study of the cases Almere and Hengelo’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Pieter-Jan Klok)

2.8   Alexander ter Avest: ‘Hoe de minister beweert te weten wat hij zegt. Een kwalititieve studie over hoe een politicus zijn realiteit communiceert’ (2016, BSc thesis BSK, with co-supervisor Ariana Need)

3.       Practices and institutions of policing

3.1   Nicola A. Jenne: ‘Possible tensions between the protection of borders and human rights in the legal foundations of the external border agencies of the European Union and Australia’ (2013, MSc ES, with co-supervisor Klaus Schubert)

3.2   Mona I. Mester: ‘The administrative approach to organized crime: Exploring the possibility of implementation in the district Borken (Germany)’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, co-supervisor with Annalisa Pelizza)

4.       Governance of Knowledge and Innovation

4.1   Anna-Sophie Reinhardt: ‘Responsible research innovation and the systems of innovation approach within Horizon 2020’ (2014, BSc thesis EPA, co-supervisor with Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros)

4.2   Marc Hansmeier: ‘Are Clusters effective systems for Regional Innovation in North Rhine Westfalia? Illustrated on the AutoCluster.NRW’ (2015, BSc EPA, co-supervisor with Gerhard Wittkämper)

4.3.  Jurre Oosterwijk: 'The cooperative ITS corridor. A Euroepan project on cooperazive intelligent transport' (in peparation, co-supervisor with Kornelia Konrad)

4.4.  Jeroen Vonk: 'Organising the public value of Higher Education in blockchain' (in preparation, co-supervisor with Barend van der Meulen)

5.       Tentative governance of complex problems

5.1   Inge Rohaan: ‘Tthe influence of actors beliefs on unobvious policy decisions. Two cases of road developments in Dutch demographic decline regions’ (2017, MSc thesis PA, co-supervisor with Frans Coenen)

5.2   Frederik Röse: 'Impact of Participatory Input on final Plan Decisions: An Investigation into the Role of Power and Local Knowledge in the Urban Development Project of the Hamburg Convention Center’s Expansion' (2019, MSc thesis PA, co-supervisor with Frans Coenen)

5.3   Christina Karkalaki: 'The administrative fight against transport emissions' (in prep., MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Laura Maria Garcia)


6.       The governance of health, health policy, and health technology

6.1   Helene Fritzsche: ‘The impact of e-mental health interventions on access to mental healthcare in the European Union. A realist review’ (2016, BSc thesis EPA, co-supervisor with Veronica Junjan)

6.2   Viktor Werner: ‘Sugar tax: The fiscalisation of childhood obseity?’ (2017, MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Martin Rosema)

6.3   Davida Flinsenberg: 'Cognitive enabling technologies in the treatment of executive function deficit in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder' (in prep., MSc thesis PSTS, co-supervisor with Nils-Frederik Wagner)

7.       Normativities, or: The daily re-invention of legal norms/regulations

7.1   Frauke de Kort: ‘Mensenrechteneducatie in Maatschappijleerboeken. Een case study’ (2016, Verslag van Onderzoek van Onderwijs voor de eerstegraadsbevoegdheid Leraar Voortgezet Onderwijs Maatschappijleer en Maatschappijwetenschappen, co-supervisor with Margarita Jeliazkova)

7.2   Grety Al Bazi: 'Het verhaal van de vluchtling: het gebruik van narratief leren in burgerschapsonderwijs' (2018, MSc thesis, co-supervisor with Margarita Jeliazkova)

8. Science and Technology Studies

8.1 Alina Carola Freiin von dem Bussche-Hünnefeld: 'Tweeting about Mars 2020 - how twitter influences global discussions about technical innovation for mars exploration in comparison to traditional news broadcasters' (in preparation, co-supervisor with Cornelius Schubert)



Peter Stegmaier studied sociology, social psychology, law, and economics at the University of Munich and at Goldsmiths’ College in London.

Formerly, Peter was a researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Dortmund, Hagen and Düsseldorf, carrying out at the latter two the project ‘Law as a social practice—from everyday legal methods to a legal methodology for everyday work’ (2000–2004). After this, he worked as a lecturer and researcher in criminal and police sociology at the Ruhr University of Bochum, focusing especially on public security institutions (2004–2006). From 2007 to 2009 he held a post-doc position at the Centre for Society and Genomics, Radboud University Nijmegen. There, in the form of an institutional ethnography, he investigated how “society and genomics” research, education and dialogue activities (sometimes called ‘ELSA’ or ‘ELSI’ for ethical, legal, social aspects/implications) in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom get conceptualized and organized, institutionalized and legitimized in everyday work—as science governance in action. Writing things up is still in progress though ...

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Mundane Phenomenology
  • Ethnography
  • Interactions
  • Institutions
  • Organisations
  • Knowledge
  • Practice
  • Discontinuation
  • Governance
  • Innovation
  • Constructive Technology Assessment
  • Constructive Innovation Assessment
  • CTA
  • CINA
  • Forestry
  • Climate services
  • Incandescent light bulbs
  • Battery electric vehicles
  • AI
  • Improviation
  • Music
  • Jazz
  • STS
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Science and Technology Innovation Studies
  • Boundary work
  • Convergences work
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • Institutional processes and practice
  • Interaction
  • policy framing
  • Policymaking
  • Policy
  • Governance
  • Policy analysis
  • K Law (General)
  • Public law
  • Socio-legal phenomena
  • Judicial practice
  • Normativities


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