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Natalie Mevissen

Natalie Mevissen

natalie_mevissen (at) hks.harvard.edu

Natalie Mevissen is a pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) for the fall semester 2014. Her research fields are science and technology studies, innovation studies, sociology of knowledge, and organizational sociology. Her PhD focusses on how social sciences, especially sociology in Germany and the United States, relate to society. She is especially interested in the question of how sociologists deal with issues of ‘applied’ and ‘pure’ social science, focusing on the historical, epistemological and institutional level. During her stay at the STS Program she will continue her work on her dissertation, especially considering the co-production of sociology and the state.

Natalie Mevissen is a research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. During the last years, she worked in different research projects on knowledge transfer between science and policy and science and economy. Her current research project analyzes different modes of interaction between social scientists and non-academics. The aim of the project is to build ‘innovation rooms’ where researchers and practitioners co-produce social knowledge.

Natalie Mevissen received her MA in Sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin. She is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and an associated member of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences. She is also a member of the Science Policy Studies research group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and part of the international NYLON network created in 2001 by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett of New York University and the London School of Economics.

Publications:
Mevissen, Natalie/Simon, Dagmar (2013): “‘Vielfältige’ Organisationen. Der Wissens- und Technologietransfer als Herausforderung für die außeruniversitäre Forschung” (Multifaceted Organizations: Knowledge and Technology Transfer Challenging Non-university Research). In: Soziale Welt – Zeitschrift für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung und Praxis, Jg. 64, H. 4, S. 361-380.

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