Tanja Schneider

Tanja Schneider

Tanja Schneider

Prof. Ph.D.

Academic Director

SHSS - Technology Studies
Unterer Graben 21

9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses

Science and technology studies (STS)

Fields of research

Neuroturn in the social sciences

Digitalisation of everyday life

FoodTech and the future of food

Governance and accountability

Autonomous systems in the making and societal implications

Further fields of research

Qualitative research methods

Digital activism and data activism

Digital Health


  • 2004 - 2008 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Discipline of Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Business, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1999 - 2003 Master in Business Administration and Economics (lic.oec. HSG, equivalent to M.A.), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Professional Career
  • Since 08/2019: Associate Professor for Technology Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 10/2018 -04/2019: Chair and professor of sociology of technology and sustainable development (ad interim), University of Passau, Germany (winter semester 2018/19)  
  • 2015-2019: Senior lecturer in Sociology, Institute of Sociology (SfS-HSG), University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (temporary leave 10/18-04/19)
  • 2008: Research Associate and casual lecturer, Science Studies Programme, University of Basel, Switzerland


Teaching Activities

Selected courses taught at University of St. Gallen since autumn semester 2015:

  • Sociology of Science, Technology and Innovation (Assessment, Critical Thinking, 2 SWS)
  • Haben oder Sein: Soziologische Perspektiven auf das Leben in der Konsumgesellschaft (To have or to be: Sociological perspectives on life in a consumer society) (Bachelor, Contextual Studies, 4h per week)
  • Experiencing Technologies (Bachelor, Kontextstudium, 4 SWS) mit Prof. Dr. Johanna Gollnhofer (SoM, HSG) 
  • Food politics and the limits of markets (Master, Contextual Studies, 2h per week)
  • Forschen für die Masterarbeit: Qualitative Forschungsmethoden zum Verfassen einer Masterarbeit (Master, Contextual Studies, 2h per week)
  • Demokratie in der Digitalen Gesellschaft (Democracy in a digital society) (Master, Contextual Studies, 2h per week) with Prof. Dr. Tina Freyburg (SEPS, HSG)
  • Organizations and Digital Activism (MOK, 4SWS) 
  • Die Zukunft des Essens (The future of food - public lecture series)
  • Swiss Association for the Studies of Science, Technology and Society (STS-CH), co-president since winter 2017 (with Loïc Riom, University of Geneva and Mines ParisTech)
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), member


Editorial Board

Editorial review board: Consumption, Markets & Culture

Research Cooperation
Additional Information