Stefan Laser

Location

Erfurt
99084
Germany

Position

Postdoc researcher @RUB, coordinator of the RUSTlab

Biography

I’m interested in the material foundations of our digital age. During my Phd, I conducted research on the global issue of electronic waste, following valuation practices around this fascinating yet also frightening type of waste. I met law makers, recyclers and tricksters, learning about the limits of high-tech means of designing and recycling electronics. Perhaps ironically, during that time I also learned that digital methods are an essential tool to grasp the composition of our societies – last but not least to push an urgently needed transformation towards more sustainable energy systems. This is what I focus on in my work with the Ruhr University Science & Technology Lab (RUSTlab). I am an advocate of ethnographic research, as championed by Science & Technology Studies, while interested in new experimental setups that traverse the traditional boundaries of social science research.

Here's my bio for the TRANSnational COVID-19 project I am participating in: https://disaster-sts-network.org/annotations/user/7830/artifact/19709
Here's a link to the website at RUB: https://www.sowi.rub.de/cupak/laser.html.en
And, finally, here's a link to the RUStlab that I am coordinating: https://rustlab.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/