Paula Bialski

Paula Bialski

Paula Bialski

Prof. Ph.D.

Associate Prof. Sociology of Digitisation

Büro 52-7106
Müller-Friedberg-Strasse 8
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses


Digital Sociology

Science and technology studies (STS)

Fields of research

Ethnographies of hacker and programmer cultures

Mobilities studies

Study of infrastructure, maintenance and repair

Intimacy & friendship

Digitalisation of everyday life

Further fields of research

Digital media’s impact on climate change

Qualitative research methods

  • Doctoral degree in Sociology, Lancaster University (2007-2011)
  • Masters degree in Sociology, University of Warsaw, Poland (2004-2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (2001-2004)
Professional Career

  • Junior Professor for Digital Sociality, Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Leuphana University Lüneburg (November 2017-March 2020)  
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz, University of Konstanz (October 2016 – March 2017)  
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Digital Cultures Research Lab, Luneburg (2013-2017); this includes being an affiliated Ethnographer, “Reconfiguring Anonymity - Contemporary Forms of Reciprocity, Identifiability and Accountability in Transformation,” led by Prof. Michi Knecht, University of Bremen (2015-2019) 
  • Assistant Coordinator, Major Digital Media bachelor program, Leuphana University (October 2013-March 2020)  
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate HafenCity University Hamburg (2012-2013)
  • Ethnographer, Low-Budget Urbanity Research Initiative, HafenCity University (2012-2013) 
  • Lecturer, Department of Cultural and Media Studies, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities (2010 –2011)  
  • Ethnographer for Nuffield Foundation small-grant funded project “Polish Migration to the UK: The Material Effects of Imagined Geographies,” led by Dr. Nick Gill, Department of Geography, Lancaster University (October, 2008 – March, 2009)
  • Research Assistant for University of Warsaw funded project “Trust Networks: Analyzing the Structure and Function of Trust,” Department of Sociology, University of Warsaw (January, 2007 – April, 2007)   
Teaching Activities
  • Programmers, Hackers, and Hacks: The People and Practices Behind Our Machines (Spring 2020)  
  • Integrative Portfolio (Winter and Spring Semesters 2020/2021)  
  • Software Cultures - Uncovering the Secret World of our Digital Society (Winter 2020)  
  • The Glamourous Ordinary: Making Films about Work (Winter 2020)  
  • Sound & Society (Spring 2021) 
  • “Zukunft machen. Vergangene und gegenwärtige Zukünfte des Silicon Valleys,” funded by the VolkswagenStiftung with Leuphana University Luneburg, September 2019-present. (Principal Investigator)"
  • Neugestaltung der Anonymität - Aktuelle Formen der Gegenseitigkeit, Identifizierbarkeit und Verantwortlichkeit in der Transformation", gefördert von der VolkswagenStiftung, Oktober 2013 - Dezember 2019 (Forschungsteam) 


  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists 
Additional Information

Aside from her academic career, you can listen to her music, with her band Paula & Karol, here: