Dr. Rubina Zern

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Rubina Zern has been working as a researcher at Fraunhofer ISI since September 2015. In September 2016, she joined the Competence Center Foresight.

She studied Modern and Contemporary History/History of Technology and Sociology at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). In 2013, she obtained her doctorate from the Chair of Modern History at the University of Würzburg in the field of stereotypes. At ZAK, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), she was a member of staff and coordinator of the field of Public Science. Subsequently, she was responsible for coordinating a third party funded project on the main topic of stereotypes at the Department of History, Heidelberg University.

Work focus

  • Societal change processes and futures

  • Societal dealing with stereotypes

  • Roadmapping, trend analysis, and scenario processes

Further research interests

  • History of technology

  • Human-technology-interaction

  • Methods of innovation and knowledge management


  • Living Labs in the Green Economy: Real-world innovation spaces for user-integration and sustainability (INNOLAB) (BMBF FONA, 2015-2018)

  • Transition design for sustainable innovations - Initiatives in the municipality-coined action fields energy, water, construction & living (TransNIK) (BMBF FONA, 2015-2018)

  • BOHEMIA - Beyond the Horizon: Foresight in Support of the Preparation of the European Union's Future Policy in Research and Innovation (2016-2017) 

  • Identification and analysis of trends and future factors for a global textile machinery manufacturer (2017)

  • Identification and analysis of trends and future factors for a global automotive company (2016-2017)

  • New technologies and trends: Scenario based roadmapping for a global auditing company

  • Scenario-based roadmapping as part of the LOEWE research program of the Federal State of Hessen, focus Safer Materials, University of Kassel (2015-2016)

  • Effectivity and efficiency of product development for a global company (2016-2018)


Zern, R. (2015): Rassismus gegen Sinti und Roma. Formen des Antiziganismus. In Schule NRW – Amtsblatt des Ministeriums für Schule und Weiterbildung (2/2015), pp. 46–49.

Zern, R. (2014):Wir brauchen konsequente Forschung im Kontext der Ursprünge. In MiGAZIN - Migration in Germany.

Zern, R. (2014): Die Entdeckungen Siziliens. Ansichten deutscher Reisender zwischen 18. und 20. Jahrhundert. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

Wolfrum, E.; Zern, R. (2014): Abseits der Norm? Das Fremde und das Eigene. In Ruperto Carola November 2014 (5), pp. 62–69. DOI: 10.11588/ruca.2014.5.17208.

Zern, R. (2014): Gesellschaft und Politik im ‚fremden’ Raum: Raumwahrnehmungen deutscher Reisender im Sizilien des 18. Jahrhunderts. In: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) (Ed.): Kulturelle Faktoren der Geopolitik. Wissenschaftlicher Initiativkreis Kultur und Außenpolitik (WIKA) Report 2. Stuttgart, Berlin, pp. 81–86.