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Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht

Petra Lucht

Chair of "Gender in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning. Feminist Studies in Science, Technology and Society (Feminist STS)"

Sociologist and trained physicist

Areas of interest and specialisation:

  • Gender Studies, with a focus on natural, technical and urban and regional planning sciences
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Methods of Empirical Social Research
  • Research on disciplinary cultures
  • Epistemology
  • Theory formation in Sociology
  • Development of inter -/ transdisciplinary teaching and research

Petra Lucht
Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (ZIFG)
TU Berlin
Marchstr. 23
MAR 2-4
Raum: MAR 2.017
D-10587 Berlin
Tel.: (+49) (0)30- 314 26995
Sek.: (+49) (0)30- 314 26974
Fax: (+49) (0)30- 314 26988

A new professorial appointment for Prof. Dr. Petra Lucht

Chair of "Gender in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning. Feminist Studies in Science, Technology and Society (Feminist STS)" 

Since August 2017, Petra Lucht holds the chair of "Gender in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning/ Feminist Studies in Science, Technology and Society (Feminist STS)" (limited to 5 years) at the ZIFG. The orientation of this newly established Chair at the Technical University of Berlin is unique and unprecedented in Germany. That is, it aims at integrating interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in gender studies to a broad range of subjects and paradigms in the natural sciences, and engineering and planning sciences. The explicit reference to Feminist Studies in Science, Technology and Society comes from a desire to strategically align research with socially relevant contents and applications in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning.

Professor Lucht, a trained physicist with a doctorate in sociology, brings her expertise in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research as well as her many years of experience in national and international networking and cooperation to this ambitious project. She has contributed to the visibility, promotion, and establishment of feminist STS all over Germany. Her areas of interest in Gender Studies include Science and Technology Studies (STS), methods of empirical social research, the sociology of disciplinary cultures, the sociology of knowledge, and the development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects and pedagogical approaches.

On the possibilities the Chair opens up, professor Lucht remarks: "By interacting with actors outside of academia—e.g. in politics, in the media, and the economy—research, development, and innovation in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning induce social change at the local, regional, national and global levels. There is, however, hardly any explicit integration of gender and diversity aspects in these changes. That is, no integration of the results and research perspectives of gender studies. This has far-reaching consequences for the continuation, re-establishment, and re-structuring of social inequalities, norms, and regulations –all of which carry, implicitly and explicitly, gender and diversity dimensions. For the Chair of "Gender in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning. Feminist Studies in Science, Technology and Society ", I would like to lay the foundations for a transdisciplinary research agenda and focus on three research perspectives and their contingencies and entanglements. That is, first, the study of scientific culture, epistemology, and the ways in which the developments in STEM+ are used/applied. In doing so, I hope that the gender and diversity aspects of STEM and Urban and Regional Planning can be analyzed and systematically and reflexively integrated back into the disciplines. Both the current and historical approaches of feminist science, technology, and planning sciences will be included in this research approach. " 

Since the newly developed TU Berlin study certificate at the ZIFG in 2012, Gender Pro MINT, Petra Lucht is also responsible to look after the Praxisprojekte (practical projects) for the module and final projects of the program. She works with and coordinates the research of student assistant Émilie Filion-Donato and Postdoctoral Fellow Sahra Dornick

Petra Lucht has, among other things, published on disciplinary cultures in STEM (Lucht 2004, 2010, 2015), on the sociology of knowledge in science and technology (Lucht / Paulitz 2008, Lucht 2010) and on the integration of intersectional gender studies in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning (Lucht 2014, 2017). Most recently, she was a co-editor of reboot ING. Handbuch Genderlehre in der Ingenieurwissenschaften (Bath / Both / Lucht / Mauss / Palm 2017) published by Lit Verlag.

The Chair in "Gender in STEM and Urban and Regional Planning / Feminist STS" is funded by the Berlin Equal Opportunity Program (Berliner Chancengleichheitsprogramm, BCP).

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