Dr. Ralf Lindner

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance

Experience

Studied political science and economics at the University of Augsburg and at the University of British Columbia; PhD-thesis in political science at the University of Augsburg about internet-based communication strategies of intermediary organisations in North America. The dissertation was funded by the German National Academic Foundation and received the University of Augsburg Award in 2006.

Since June 2016 Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance

Since May 2005: senior researcher and project manager at Fraunhofer ISI, Competence Center Emerging Technologies

2011-2013: Professor for political science, Quadriga Hochschule Berlin/University of Applied Sciences Head of Department Politics & Public Affairs

2003-2009: lectureships at the University of Augsburg and at the University of Heidelberg

2002/2003: visiting researcher, Carleton University, Ottawa

1998-2002: teaching assistantships, University of Augsburg

1997: mission oriented research on the UN-system at the New York office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

Work Focus

  • Policy analysis in the area of science, technology and innovation

  • Technology Assessment, governance of emerging technologies, Responsible Research and Innovation 

  • Internet-based communication and interaction processes, particularly electronic democracy and e-participation

Further Research Areas

  • Policy analysis, epistemic communities and policy learning, processes of policy advice in theory and practice

  • Analysis of federal systems and multi-level governance

  • Area-studies Canada and USA with focus on policy analysis and political sociology

Publications

Lindner, R.; Daimer, S.; Beckert, B.; Heyen, N.; Koehler, J.; Teufel, B.; Warnke, P.; Wydra, S. (2016): Addressing directionality: Orientation failure and the systems of innovation heuristic. Towards reflexive governance. In: Fraunhofer ISI Discussion Papers Innovation Systems and Policy Analysis, No. 52, Karlsruhe, July 2016.

Lindner, R; Aichholzer, G.; Hennen, L. (eds.) (2016): Electronic Democracy in Europe. Prospects and Challenges of E-Publics, E-Participation and E-Voting, Cham.

Lindner, R.; Kuhlmann, S.; Randles, S.; Bedsted, B.; Gorgoni, G.; Griessler, E.; Loconto, A.; Mejlgaard, N. (eds.) (2016): Navigating Towards Shared Responsibility in Research and Innovation. Approach, Process and Results of the Res-AGorA Project, Karlsruhe.

Lindner, R.; Kuhlmann, S. (2016): Responsible Research and Innovation und die Governance von Forschung & Innovation: Herausforderungen und Prinzipien. In: Forschung: Politik - Strategie – Management, Fo 1/2016, 9. Jg., S. 22-27.

Randles, S.; Dorbeck-Jung, B.; Lindner, R.; Rip, A. (2014): Report of the Roundtable at S.NET Boston 2013: ‚Where to Next for Responsible Innovation’?, in: Coenen, C.; Dijkstra, A.; Fautz, C.; Guivant, J.; Konrad, K.; Milburn, C.; van Lente, H. (eds.): Innovation and Responsibility: Engaging with New and Emerging Technologies, Berlin, p. 19-38.

Doren, D. v.; Forsberg, E.-M.; Lindner, R. (2014): “Are assessments responding to a dynamic environment? Evidence from four emerging techno-scientific domains”, in: Science and Public Policy, 41 (2014) pp. 317–331.

Riehm, U.; Böhle, K., Lindner, R. (2014): Electronic petitioning and modernization of petitioning systems in Europe, Books on Demand: Norderstedt.

Lindner, R. (2012): „Cross-Sectoral Coordination of STI-Policies: Governance Principles to Bridge Policy-Fragmentation“, in: Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (ed.): Innovation System revisited. Experiences from 40 Years of Fraunhofer ISI Research, Stuttgart, S. 275-287.

Lindner, R. (2012): „Wie verändert das Internet die Demokratie?“, in: Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik – GWP, 61. Jg., Heft 4/2012, S. 519-527.

Lindner, R.; Riehm, U. (2011): “Broadening Participation through E-Petitions? An Empirical Study of Petitions to the German Parliament”, in: Policy & Internet, Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 4.

Lindner, R. (2010): “Innovationspolitik” und “Internet und Politik”, in: Nohlen, D.; Schultze, R.-O. (Hg.): Lexikon der Politikwissenschaft. Theorien, Methoden, Begriffe, München (4. Aufl.).

Lindner, R. (2009): “Communication and Campaign Strategies of Intermediary Organizations – A Comparative Analysis”, in: Baringhorst, S.; Niesyto, J.; Kneip, V. (eds.): Political Campaigning on the Web , Bielefeld: Transcript, S. 235-257.

Lindner, R.; Riehm, U. (2009): “Electronic Petitions and Institutional Modernization. International Parliamentary E-Petition Systems in Comparative Perspective”, in: JeDEM-eJournal of eDemocracy an Open Government, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2009), S. 1-11.

Lindner, R.; Riehm, U. (2009): „Modernisierung des Petitionswesens und der Einsatz neuer Medien“, in: Zeitschrift für Parlamentsfragen, Jg. 40, Heft 3/2009, S. 495-512.

Enzing, C.; van der Giessen, A.; van der Molen, S.; Lindner, R.; Senker, J. (2008): “Dynamics in Biotechnology Policy-Making in Europe in the Period from 1994-2006”, in: International Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 10, No. 4, S. 283-302.

Lindner, R. (2008): “E-Konsultationen in Kanada – Vorbild für Deutschland oder Sonderfall?”, in: TAB Brief Nr. 34, Dezember 2008, Berlin: Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag, S. 14-19.

Lindner, R.; Blümel, C. (2008): Interneteinsatz im Petitionswesen: Internationale Fallstudien zu elektronischen Petitionssystemen. Gutachten für das TA-Projekt Öffentliche elektronische Petitionen und bürgerschaftliche Teilhabe, Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

Beckert, B.; Bührer, S.; Lindner, R. (2008): “Verläufe und Motive von ‘Seitenwechseln’: Intersektorale Mobilität als Form des Wissenstransfers zwischen Forschung und Anwendung”, in: Mayntz, R.; Neidhardt, F.; Weingart, P.; Wengenroth, U. (Hg.): Wissensproduktion und Wissenstransfer. Wissen im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Politik und Öffentlichkeit, Bielefeld 2008, S. 313-340.

Lindner, R. (2007): Politischer Wandel durch digitale Netzwerkkommunikation? Strategische Anwendung neuer Kommunikationstechnologien durch kanadische Parteien und Interessengruppen, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.