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Ingrid Metzler

Ingrid Metzler

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Ingrid Metzler currently works at the Institut für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung, University of Vienna. Ingrid does research in Social Policy, Qualitative Social Research and Public Policy. Their most recent publication is ‘“Think positively”: Parkinson’s disease, biomedicine, and hope in contemporary Germany.’ Ingrid Metzler has studied Political Science at the Università di Roma, La Sapienza, and at the University of Innsbruck and Vienna. She graduated from the University of Innsbruck and Vienna in 2005 with a Master’s Thesis on “Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis in Israel”. At the University of Vienna, she also wrote her dissertation entitled “The Embryo Republic: Human Life between Politics, Science, and Religion.”This thesis drew on Jasanoff’s work on bio-constitutionalism, exploring the ways in which the categorization in which IVF embryos were entangled was tied to efforts to reimagine Italian democratic life and its constitutional foundations.

In 2013, she was a Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology & Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School. While at Harvard, Ingrid worked on a project with Sheila Jasanoff and colleagues, titled “Biology and the Law,” funded by the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

Her research focuses on the governance of disruptive biomedical technologies She is interested in particular in the ways in which law and science mutually shape and co-produce each other.


Ingrid Metzler (2007) “Nationalizing embryos”: The politics of human embryonic stem cell research in Italy BioSocieties 2(4): 413-427.

Ingrid Metzler (2010) Über „Moralapostel“ und „smooth operators“: Die Praxis der Bioethik im Feld eines österreichischen Biobankenprojekts Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Sonderheft (Genomforschung – Politik – Gesellschaft. Perspektiven auf ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte der Genomforschung): 203-229.

Ingrid Metzler and Andrew Webster (2011).”Bio-objects and their Boundaries: Governing Matters at the Intersection of Society, Politics, and Science.” Croatian Medical Journal 52 (5): 648-50.

Ingrid Metzler (2011). Between Church and State: Embryos, Stem Cells and Citizens in Italian Politics. In: Sheila Jasanoff (ed.): Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age, Cambridge & London: MIT Press, 105-124.

Ingrid Metzler (2012). On why states still matter: In vitro fertilization embryos between laboratories and state authorities in Italy. In: Niki Vermeulen, Sakari Tamminen & Andrew Webster (eds.): Bio-objects: Life in the 21st Century. Ashgate, 151-170.

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