Joachim Allgaier


Research Interests

Science and Technology Studies; Science Communication; Sociology

Institutional Contact

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt


Joachim Allgaier is a sociologist and media and communications researcher. He is a senior scientist at the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies of the Alpen-Adria-Universität in Klagenfurt, Austria. Previously he was honorary fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, a visiting researcher at the Department of Health and Social Studies at Østfold University College in Norway, and also fellow at the International School of Science Journalism and Communication of the Ettore

Majorana Centre in Erice, Italy. Before coming to Klagenfurt he was employed at the Helmholtz Research Center in Jülich in Germany, the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Vienna in Austria, and the Open University in the UK, where he was awarded a PhD in sociology. Dr. Allgaier has taught at AAU Klagenfurt, RWTH Aachen University, the University of Vienna, and LMU Munich and organised workshops and conferences at various universities in Europe. He studied sociology, social psychology and intercultural communication at LMU Munich in Germany, and Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Dr. Allgaier is researching how science and technology communication and research cooperation is taking place among peers and between various experts and publics, and what changes are occurring here today. A further interest concerns how scientific and technology issues are communicated in public, how they are represented in the media, the internet and in popular culture, and how various publics perceive them. He is currently researching how science and technology issues and topics are communicated via online video-sharing platforms and in social networks, in journalistic media and popular and entertainment culture.