Associated Member

Jörg Niewöhner was director and deputy director of IRI THESys for many years until April 2023. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia from 2001. In 2004, he joined the Institute of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to develop the Collaboratory: Social Anthropology and Life Sciences. He held a chair in Social Anthropology of Human-Environment Relations.

Jörg conducts ethnographic research at the intersection of science and technology studies, social anthropology and environmental sciences focusing particularly on the qualities of urbanisation, social-ecological change and metabolic and market dynamics. He also serves on the board of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies.

Just recently, he was appointed Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Munich.

Research Interests

  • Urbanisation & socio-technical change
  • Anthropology of science, technology and expertise
  • Ethnography of infrastructure
  • Ethnographic methods


Water security for whom? – Social and material perspectives on inequality around multipurpose reservoirs in Colombia (Water4Whom)