International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Alexander Orlowski

Society, Culture and Technological Change

Alexander Orlowski is a sociologist of technology and works currently at the IZEW in the project "DAMA". He finished his studies in sociology at the University of Tübingen in 2018. He wrote his thesis on the social construct of autonomous driving.


Areas of Expertise

  • sociology of technology
  • The relationship between social and technological change
  • Sociological perspective on autonomous driving, artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data
  • Qualitative social research (discourse analysis, ethnography, grounded theory, situation analysis)


Since 2021

Research associate

In the project DAMA at the IZEW

2019 - 2020

Research associate

In the project TANGO at the IZEW


Research associate

In the project INTEGRAM at the  IZEW

2016 - 2018

Examined research assistant

In the project INTEGRAM at the IZEW

2014 - 2018

Sociology studies at University of Tübingen (M.A.)

Thesis: "Autonomes Fahren als mediale Konstruktion einer Technologie. Eine Diskursanalyse"

2011 - 2014 Sociology studies at the University of Augsburg (B.A.)



  • 27 August 2020, ECPR Virtual General Conference 2020: "Encouraging the development of ethically and societally ‘desirable’ technologies through innovation governance" together with Cora Bieß and Maria Pawelec
  • 18 August 2020, EASST 4S: "Governing technology innovation processes for ethically 'desirable' societal transformation" together with Cora Bieß and Maria Pawelec
  • 29 November 2019, Tagung Demokratische Wissenschafts- und Technikgestaltung heute: "Governance of Autonomous Driving"
  • 11 November 2019, SAS at HLRS: "Artificial Intelligence: Interconnection between Society and Technology"


WiSe 19/20 Together with Matthias Leger: Techniksoziologie: theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Annäherung am Institut für Soziologie (Universität Tübingen)