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Sociology Research


Anna Verena Eireiner is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge, St. Edmund’s College working under the supervision of Prof Jennifer Gabrys. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration and an M.A. in Science and Technology Studies. In her research, she explores the governance of emerging technologies, DIY practices, and open science.

Verena’s current research focuses on the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) biology movement. DIY biology is a controversial grassroots movement around the pursuit of life sciences outside of a traditional academic, military or corporate laboratory setting. The qualitative, ethnographic project explores the social processes involved in the co-production of imaginaries and policy around DIY biology in the UK, Germany, and Canada. The goal of this project is to understand how each of these states envisions the DIY biology movement differently, bridging the tension between a controversial, globally networked DIY science movement, and political cultures, identities and socio-economic objectives. The project’s comparative perspective will provide important insights into the lack of generalizability of ideas about what constitutes innovation and the configuration between publics, DIY communities, and policymakers.

Research Interests

Science and Technology Policy, Innovation Strategies, Controversies and Public Engagement with Science and Technology, Open Science, Citizen Science, DIY practices

PhD Supervisor

Research Groups & Affiliations


2019: Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Award (2019-2022)

2018: BayIntAn Grant, Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts

2017: Deutschlandstipendium, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research Freemover Mobility Grant, Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Culture, Science and the Arts PROMOS Mobility Grand, German Academic Exchange Service

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, St. Edmunds College
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