The conception of the professorship Gender and Diversity in Engineering as a bridging professorship is also reflected in the field of research by connecting interdisciplinary scientific perspectives and research questions. Our idea and understanding of science is based on a holistic consideration of the interdependencies between technology development and society. Technology doesn’t happen separately from human beings. Rather, technology derives from their creativity, their productivity. Technology expresses human needs and the intended purposes, which are reflected in its design and function. Therefore, technology always has to be considered in its social and political context.
Which relevance do technical innovations have for social developments and vice versa? Which effects arise for different social groups? How can socially and environmentally acceptable innovations be fostered by adequate political instruments and institutional frameworks? How can design and development of technology comply with multifaceted users? And how can one release and stimulate the potentials of an increasing social diversity?
Engineering culture is the focal point of this research field. An important aspect is engineering education, also in other STEM fields, and the implied questions of a future-oriented society and social responsibility.
Innovation and Participation
How can innovation processes be controlled and what roll can/should diversity have? This and other related research questions should be explored and answered in the Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production”.
Social Spaces and Inclusion
Due to developments like urbanization, migration movements, demographic change, environmental and climate protection goals, urban as well as rural spaces are increasingly challenged. In this area of tension the research focus social spaces and inclusion is concerned with spatial as well as mobility research with specific regard to gender and diversity perspectives. Spaces receive their social character in the context of the social practices of the people that live, use and reproduce it (cf. Läpple 1991). Because every person has individual necessities and preconditions, the requirements concerning spatial infrastructure and individual mobility have to be considered in spatial and mobility planning.
Graduate college ACCESS! Different mobility types in rural and sub-urban spaces
Läpple, Dieter: Essay über den Raum. Für ein gesellschaftswissenschaftliches Raumkonzept, in: H. Häußermann/ D. Ipsen/ T. Krämer-Badoni/ D. Läpple/ M. Rodenstein/ W. Siebel (Hrsg.), Stadt und Raum, Soziologische Analysen, Pfaffenweiler, 1991, S. 157-207, hier: S.196 ff.