IHS - People

People at IHS in alphabetical order:

  • Dr. Thomas Koenig

    • Head Office
    Head of Strategy and Scientific Services
    +43 1 59991 164
  • Sociology of science and innovation

    Research policy and research funding in the EU

    Sociology and history of social sciences

  • Bild Thomas Koenig
  • At IHS, I am mainly responsible for supporting the scientific director in all matters concerning strategy and scientific services. I have been involved with the strategy-finding process in 2015, and implementing the new IHS mission has been my main responsibility since then. Among other things, this concerns negotiating target agreements with the research groups, drafting the annual work program, establishing and monitoring internal scientific service units, supporting the IHS Scientific Advisory Board, and preparing the external evaluation in 2019. I am also introducing the new IHS fellowship program and am coordinating our growing group of PhD candidates.

    Academically, I work on questions related to the governance of science and, more broadly, the sociology of science and innovation. Ongoing projects relate to the history and sociology of social sciences, research funding and research policy in the EU, and touch on issues such as academic autonomy, decision-making, bibliometrics, impact analysis. My most recent publications include a monograph on the European Research Council, the first comprehensive analysis of its history, organisational setup, and impact, which has been published with Polity Press in January 2017. I write a blog on the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, "Politik Macht Wissenschaft"

    In recent years, I have been a Governing Board member of the grassroots organisation EuroScience (2012-2018), and have been the Managing Editor of the Austrian Journal of Political Science (OZP) (2012-2015). Since 2018, I am a member of the editorial team of the Journal Serendipities (also Open Access). For further details see my recent publications in IRIHS; Twitter: @th_koenig; ORC-ID: 000-0003-4337-5163Google Scholar