IHS - People

People at IHS in alphabetical order:

  • Dr. Dagmar Rychnovska

    • Science, Technology and Social Transformation
  • International Relations

    Security Studies

    International Political Sociology

    Research and Innovation governance

    Biological weapons and biosecurity

  • Bild Dagmar Rychnovska
  • Dagmar Rychnovská is a researcher and an ex-Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). Her project SECCON explored security controversies in emerging research and innovation. The main interest of her work is to understand how our societies balance the demands for scientific progress with security interests and with what implications for the practice of science and the politics of security.

    Dagmar is a political scientist specializing in critical approaches to International Relations and Security Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations (Charles University in Prague), an M.A. in Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich) and an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security (VU University Amsterdam). Prior to joining the IHS Vienna, she worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Charles University and Metropolitan University Prague.

  • Rychnovská, Dagmar, Maya Pasgaard and Trine Villumsen Berling (2017), ‘Science and security expertise: authority, subjectivity, knowledge’, Geoforum, 84: 327-331.

    Rychnovská, Dagmar (2017), ‘Bio(in)security, scientific expertise, and the politics of post-disarmament in the biological weapons regime’, Geoforum, 84: 378-388.

    Rychnovská, Dagmar (2016) ‘Governing dual-use knowledge: from the politics of responsible science to the ethicalization of security’, Security Dialogue, 47 (4): 310-328. 

    Daniel, Jan and Dagmar Rychnovská (2015) ‘Mezinárodní politická sociologie: výzkum praxe bezpečnosti [International Political Sociology: Researching the Practice of Security]’, Mezinárodní vztahy, 50 (1): 26-45.

    Rychnovská, Dagmar (2014) ‘Securitization and the power of threat framing, Perspectives, 22 (2): 9-32.

    Zakopalová, Dagmar (2011) ‘Towards Cosmopolitan Security Politics? Analysis of Public Discourse on Neutrality in Austria and Ireland’, Perspectives, 19 (1): 49-72.


    Security controversies: exploring the governance of knowledge, innovation and techno-scientific risks (SECCON)

    Project duration: 2018-2020

    Funding: European Commission, H2020-MSCA-IF-2017

    Description: The EU is one of the key proponents of knowledge-based economy, i.e. an economic system based on research,development, and knowledge production. However, techno-scientific progress may bring not only benefits and well-being to the society, but also undesired side-effects and new dilemmas. Apart from social, ethical, or environmental controversies that scientific research opens, innovation is now increasingly linked with security controversies, characterized by the concerns over a potential misuse of science for hostile purposes. Yet with the ever-accelerating speed of scientific inquiry and the rise of interdisciplinary and international connections, it becomes impossible to clearly define and police “dangerous” research that could be exploited by terrorists and criminals. To balance the demands for scientific openness with national security interests, new techniques of governance are introduced in science, which integrate the existing principles of scientific responsibility with security practices restricting the mobility of scientific knowledge. This project aims to build a unique body of interdisciplinary expertise to study security controversies in the governance of research and innovation. It will link researchers from security studies and science and technology studies with leading biotechnological stakeholders in Austria and practitioners of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) involved in ethics review of EU research projects. Specifically, the project will, first, situate the current security controversies historically and theoretically, second, map the techniques of knowledge governance in health-data governance and RRI, and third, explore what competences and skills are required in the assessment of security risks of scientific knowledge mobility in the two empirical areas. In sum, the project will set out a research agenda to study how our societies design, implement, and regulate sensitive and potentially dual-use research and innovation.