Anja KleinI am a PhD student at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin with a focus on science and technology studies. I received my M.A. here in May 2018 for my thesis on “Knowledge Practices in the Modelling of ‘Socio-Ecological Coevolutions’“. Before, I studied social and cultural anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and Aix-Marseille Université, France. Departing from classical laboratory studies, I am interested in current knowledge production in the environmental sciences (especially mathematical modeling and computer simulations), human-environment relations, complexity science and research methodologies in general.


Find me also at:  IRI THEsys | Academia | Institute for European Ethnology

PhD research: Modelling complex systems in the environmental sciences – Approaches from anthropological Science and Technology Studies between Co-laboration and Intervention.

My PhD project aims at articulating practices of knowing human-environment-relations in anthropology and in the environmental sciences, particularly in the modeling of socio-ecological systems as complex systems. The central question is: How and what can anthropology and the modelling of complex systems learn from each other? This is grounded in a clear-cut concern for its application to knowledge production in interdisciplinary environmental sciences.To situate complex systems theory comparative ethnographic fieldwork in two or more research institutions will be central. Furthermore, I will attend more broadly to the theory of complex systems, related models and its mathematical foundations in order to be able to discuss theoretical and empirical insights in collaborative settings, which will serve to test and empirically sharpen the notions of co-laboration (Niewöhner 2016) and intervention (Zuiderent-Jerak 2015, 2016) as new modes of interdisciplinary knowledge production.



Anja Klein

Knowledge Practices in the Modelling of "Socio-Ecological Coevolutions": On Simplification, Experimentation, Visualization and Alignment Masters Thesis Open Access

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2018.

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Patrick Bieler, Jonna Josties, Ruzana Liburkina, Julie Sascia Mewes, Martina Klausner, Anja Klein, Jörg Niewöhner, Christine Schmid, Tim Seitz

Assembling Comparators – Assembling Reflexivities Journal Article

Science as Culture, 27 (4), pp. 563-568, 2018.

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