IHS - People

People at IHS in alphabetical order:

  • PD Dr. Michael Jonas

    • Science, Technology and Social Transformation
    +43 1 59991 212
  • - Practice Theory based Empirical Research

    - Urban and Regional Sociology

    - Political Sociology

    - Economic Sociology and Sociology of Consumption

    - Societal Transformation Research and Sustainability Studies

    - Art in Public Space

  • Bild Michael Jonas
  • Michael Jonas is a senior researcher in the research group "Techno-Science and Societal Transformation". Since November 2017 he is coordinator of the project "Repair & Do-It-Yourself Urbanism" ("R&DIY-U"). In this project (funded by the bmvit, "Stadt der Zukunft", 4th call) a transdisciplinary R&D consortium aims to analyze the transformative potential of Repair & Do-It-Yourself Urbanism with regard to a fundamental change of the existing non-sustainable handling of commodities in selected urban districts, their infrastructures and dominant business and private household practices. In his research, Michael seeks to combine a wide range of approaches from various disciplines like sociology, philosophy, economic sciences, political sciences and geography. He is and has been engaged in projects concerning the themes Technology Assessment, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Consumption ("Fair Trade"), Political Sociology, Transformation Research, Science and Innovation Sociology, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Knowledge Work, "Combined Technologies" and Art in Public Space. Michael studied theology at the University of Mainz (Germany) and sociology and economic sciences at the University of Dortmund (Germany). After finishing his degree in 1994, he worked as sociologist at the University of Dortmund, where he completed his doctoral thesis in 2000. He subsequently joined the IHS in Vienna in 2003. He has carried out several research projects sponsored by German ministries, the DFG, the "Arbeiterkammer Wien" or the OeNB (Austrian Central Bank) Jubiläumsfonds. He has taught (and teaches) at the IHS and at several universities, including the University of Vienna and the University of Frankfurt/Oder. In June 2013, he completed his post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation in Sociology) at the Europe University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (Germany).

  • Selected Articles

    Jonas, Michael (2019): On the Enactment of Roundabout Art: A Praxeological Analysis. City & Community 18(1): 128-150 https://doi.org/10.1111/cico.12369

    Jonas, Michael, Astrid Segert (2019): Repair and Do-it-yourself Urbanism in Wien aus Bezirksperspektive. IHS Working Paper Nr. 2. Wien irihs.ihs.ac.at/4940/6/ihs-working-paper-2019-jonas-segert-repair-do-it-yourself-urbanism-wien.pdf

    Jonas, Michael (2018): Moralisierung der Marktsphäre? - Verantwortungszuschreibungen in der Inszenierung von Fairtrade. In: Henkel, Anna, Nico Lüdtke, Nikolaus Buschmann, Lars Hochmann (Hg.): Reflexive Responsibiliserung - Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 391-409 https://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-4066-3/reflexive-responsibilisierung/?number=978-3-8394-4066-7 

    Jonas, Michael (2018): Societal Transformation, Social Innovations and Sustainable Consumption. In: Backhaus, Julia et al. (eds.): Social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption: Research and Action for Societal Change. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 41-53.

    Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig, Angela Wroblewski (2017): Conclusion: Object, perspectives and methodology of praxeological research. In: Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig, Angela Wroblewski (eds.): Methodological Reflections on Practice Oriented Theories. Dortdrecht: Springer. pp. 251-261. www.springer.com/de/book/9783319528953

    Jonas, Michael (2017): Transition or transformation? A plea for the praxeological approach of radical socio-ecological change. In: Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig (eds.): Praxeological Political Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 116-133. www.routledge.com/Praxeological-Political-Analysis/Jonas-Littig/p/book/9781138644922

    Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig (2017): A praxeological political anaylsis: an introduction. In: Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig (eds.): Praxeological Political Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 1-14. www.routledge.com/Praxeological-Political-Analysis/Jonas-Littig/p/book/9781138644922

    Jonas, Michael (2016): Nachhaltiger Konsum – Eine praxissoziologische Kritik. In: Schäfer, Hilmar (Hg.): Praxistheorie – Ein Forschungsprogramm. Bielefeld: transcript. S. 345-364

    Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig (2015): Sustainable Practices. In: Wright, James D. (ed.):  International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Second edtion. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 834-838

    Jonas, Michael (2015): The dean on the raft. A critical plea for the combination of Ted Schatzki's and Jean Hillier's socio-spatial approaches. EspacesTemps.net. 12.03.2015 read more

    Jonas, Michael (2014): “The Dortmund Case – On the Enactment of an Economic Imaginary”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38, no. 6, pp. 2123-2140 read more

    Jonas, Michael, Marion Berner (2010): „Beyond Works Councils? Social practices and cultures of employee participation in a regional high-tech cluster“. European Societies 12, no. 4, pp. 493-519 read more

    Jonas, Michael (2005): „Brücken zur regionalen Clusterforschung – Soziologische Annäherung an ein ökonomisches Erklärungskonzept“. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 34, Nr. 4, S. 278-287 read more


    Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig (eds.) (2017): Praxeological Political Analysis. London: Routledge.

    Jonas, Michael, Beate Littig, Angela Wroblewski (eds.) (2017): Methodological Reflections on Practice Oriented Theories. Dordrecht: Springer.

    Jonas, Michael (2014): Über die Inszenierung eines Wirtschaftsclusters – eine praxeologische Analyse. Wiesbaden: Springer VS read more

    Jonas, Michael, Sabine U. Nover und Ursula Schumm-Garling (Hg.) (2002): Brennpunkt ‚Arbeit‘ – Initiativen für eine Zukunft der Arbeit. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot

    Jonas, Michael (2000): Brücken zum Elfenbeinturm – Mechanismen im Wissens- und Technologietransfer. Berlin: edition sigma

    Jonas, Michael, Hans-Jürgen Weißbach und Winfried Weißbach (1994): Chemieforschung – quo vadis? Der Forschungsstandort Deutschland in der Diskussion. Dortmund: Barbara Weißbach

    Malsch, Thomas, Reinhard Bachmann, Michael Jonas, Ulrich Mill und Susanne Ziegler (1993): Expertensysteme in der Abseitsfalle? Fallstudien aus der industriellen Praxis. Berlin: edition sigma

    Lecturer at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, since 2017

    Lecturer (PD) at the European University Viadrina, Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, since 2014

    Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Vienna), Department of Sociology, 2003-2015

    Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Sociology, 2003-2006, 2016-2017

    Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Sociology, since 2007

    Lecturer at the University of Dortmund, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, 1993-2003


    Jonas, M. (2018): Do-It-Yourself Urbanism, Sustainable Practices and Forms of Life, ESA Conference Inequality & uncertainty: current challenges for cities, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 June

    Hassemer, S. & Jonas, M. (2018): Practices and Forms of Participation in the Viennese Context, ESA Conference Inequality & uncertainty: current challenges for cities, Madrid, Spain, 27-29 June

    Jonas, M. (2018): Do-It-Yourself Urbanism – Arbeit – Lebensformen, Conference 'Arbeit – Lebensführung – Nachhaltigkeit', University of Hamburg, Germany, 25-26 January

    Jonas, M. (2018): Care praxeologisch, Methodological Workshop 'Zugänge Schaffen', Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar, Germany, 22-23 January

    Jonas, M., Nessel, S., Hassemer, S., Pfister, S. (2017): Wie gehts der Verbraucherforschung in Österreich. Arbeiterkammer Wien, Vienna, Austria, 31 October

    Jonas, M., Glauser A. (2017): Organiser and Chair of the Session 'Site-Specific Art and Public Space'. ESA Conference 2017, Athens, Greece, 29 August - 1 September

    Jonas, M. (2017): Moralisation of the Market Sphere - On the Enactment of Fairtrade, BSA Annual Conference 2017, Manchester, UK, 4-6 April