Dr. P. Stegmaier (Peter)

Assistant Professor
Ravelijn room RA 4402

Peter Stegmaier
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

E-mail: p.stegmaier(at)utwente.nl
Telephone: (+31) 053 489 3775
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Peter Stegmaier studied sociology, social psychology, law, and economics at the University of Munich and at Goldsmiths’ College in London.

Formerly, Peter was a researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Dortmund, Hagen and Düsseldorf, carrying out at the latter two the project ‘Law as a social practice—from everyday legal methods to a legal methodology for everyday work’ (2000–2004). After this, he worked as a lecturer and researcher in criminal and police sociology at the Ruhr University of Bochum, focusing especially on public security institutions (2004–2006). From 2007 to 2009 he held a post-doc position at the Centre for Society and Genomics, Radboud University Nijmegen. There, in the form of an institutional ethnography, he investigated how “society and genomics” research, education and dialogue activities (sometimes called ‘ELSA’ or ‘ELSI’ for ethical, legal, social aspects/implications) in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom get conceptualized and organized, institutionalized and legitimized in everyday work—as science governance in action. Writing things up is still in progress though ...

In the late 80s and early 90s, Peter worked as a newspaper journalist and photographer, and managed a local jazz club society.


His research interests include social theory and methodology, knowledge and normativity, theories of action and institutionalization, phenomenology, philosophical anthropology and neurology, and the sociologies of science, governance, innovation and citizenship, as well as that of music.

Current research projects

  • DiscGo: The Governance of Discontinuation of Sociotechnical Systems, their Infrastructures and Regimes (Open Research Area NWO-DFG-ANR-ESCR) [LINK][LINK]
  • EU-MACS: European Market for Climate Services (H2020-SC5-03-2016) [LINK]
  • NanoNextNL, 1C program-level activities (STW) [LINK]
  • He participates in the ‘UT Text analysis Café’ [LINK]

Finished research projects at STePS

  • ResAGorA: Responsible Research and Innovation in a Distributed Anticipatory Governance Frame. A Constructive Socio-normative Approach (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]
  • VERA: Forward Visions on the European Research Area (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]
  • RIF: Research and Innovation Futures 2030: From explorative to transformative scenarios (7th EU Framework Programme) [LINK]

Current research interest

1.             Governance in Action

  • The Discontinuation of Socio-Technical Regimes [LINK, LINK, LINK]
  • Innovation in Technoscience-based and Ecosystem-based Services [LINK]
  • Governance of sociotechnical systems: energy, sustainability, consumer products [LINKS]
  • Innovations of Intermediary Institutions in Science Governance [LINK]
  • Governance of Life-Sciences, ELSI/ELSA Genomics, and Nanotechnology [LINK, LINK]
  • Normativity in Law, Science, Technology, Innovation and Research [LINK, LINK]

2.             Theory

  • Interactionist Governance Theory; governance-in-action [LINK]
  • ANT, the Sociology of Knowledge and of Governance
  • Mundane Phenomenology and Governance [LINK]
  • Mundane Phenomenology and Technology

3.             Methodology

  • Explorative-Interpretative Research [LINK]
  • Hermeneutic Interpretation in general, of multi-lingual data in particular [LINK]
  • Hermeneutic Interpretation of Web Contents [LINK]
  • Praxeography
  • Office Studies [LINK]
  • Foresight [LINK]

4.             Didactisation of research methods

  • Explorative-Interpretative Research Design [LINK]
  • Hermeneutic Data Interpretation [LINK]
  • Participation and Observation [LINK]
  • Explorative-Interpretative Governance Research [LINK]

Peter also serves as reviewer of research projects for German Research Foundation (DFG), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and Polish National Science Centre (NCN), as well as for the journals ‘Research Policy’, ‘Symbolic Interaction’, ‘Minerva’, ‘Science and Public Policy’, ‘Environmental Science & Policy’, ‘Nordic Journal of Science and Technology’, ‘Creativity and Innovation Management’, ‘Journal of Public Policy’, ‘Policy Sciences’, ,’Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie’ ‘Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Rechtswissenschaft’, ‘FQS Forum Qualitative Research’, Energy, Sustainability and Society, and ‘Zeitschrift für Theoretische Soziologie’. He is also member of the Selection Committee of the IPODI (International Post-Doc Initiative), a Marie Curie Actions based postdoctoral fellowship programme for international female researchers at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.


Within STePS, Peter is responsible for coordinating the international graduate school programme ‘Governance of Knowledge and Innovation’ (Twente Graduate School). [LINK]

For the IGS Datalab, he offers free support for those practicing qualitative research and computer-assisted data analysis with ATLAS.ti. [LINK].

Students Peter supervises meet and collaborate in two Student Research Circles or ‘Thesis Circles’. [LINK]

Within the faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS), he is member of the BMS Examination Board’s partial committee ‘Interdisciplinary Sciences’, as well as member of the BMS Ethics Commission.

Currently taught courses

  • ‘Policy Analysis in Public and Technological Domains’ (with Stefan Kuhlmann) [LINK]
  • ‘HTHT Minor Governance of Innovation and Socio-Technical Change’ (module)/‘Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation’ (component) (with Kornelia Konrad, Haico te Kulve, Andreas Weber, Harm Harmsen) [LINK]
  • ‘PhiloLab’ (with Lantz Fleming Miller) [LINK]
  • RESTS-IBA Module 11 CHANGEL sub-module ‘Strategic & Responsible Foresight’ (with Ellen van Oost) [LINK]
  • Master Public Management [LINK], Master Risk Management [LINK]
  • ‘Methodology Seminar’ (with Stefan Kuhlmann) [LINK]
  • ‘Data Session’ [LINK, LINK]
  • Free ‘Thesis circles’ [LINK]
  • UT wide Qualitative research coaching [LINK, LINK]

He can also be “booked” for workshops on methods of ethnographic and interview research, of hermeneutic data analysis (text, picture, video), and on the application of the ‘grounded theory’ approach. In the past, Peter has taught courses in the sociologies of knowledge, law, technology, life science and of the political, as well as courses in criminal sociology and sociology of policing.

BSc, MSc, and PhD topic areas

1.             The governance of the transition and the discontinuation of socio-technical systems

1.1       Vincent R. Visser: ‘The purposeful governance of technology discontinuation: An exploratory study on the discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb’ (2012, MSc PA/GKI, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.2       A. Katharina Schulte: ‘The light industry as actor and factor in the EU discontinuation of the incandescent light bulb’ (2015, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.3       Niels Oudelaar: ‘The role of NGOs in the EU Light Bulb ban process’ (2015, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Frans Coenen)

1.4       Marita Bulten: ‘Understanding global discontinuation governance—An explorative study on the global mercury ban by the UN Minamata Convention’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

1.5       Evert J. Swarts: ‘ICE transport discontinuation in the Netherlands: What is the the Dutch government doing about it?’ (2016, BSc thesis BSK, with co-supervisor Ariana Need)

1.6       Hendrik-J. Steringa: ‘Dutch incumbent power companies’ strategies in transition’ (doctoral thesis, in prep.; co-supervisor with Stefan Kuhlmann, Maarten Arentsen, Wim de Ridder)

2.             Governance in action

2.1       Franziska C. Raspe: ‘The official positions of the AKP and CHP on Turkey’s EU accession process—a comparative study’ (2011, BSc ES, with co-supervisor Rob Hoppe)

2.2       Daniela K. Müller: ‘Arguments, strategies, roles: the legitimisation of Stuttgart 21’ (2011, MSc PA, with co-supervisor Stefan Kuhlmann)

2.3       Caro Valladares Pasquel: ‘Ecuadorian public policy towards the good living. An interpretive policy analysis from the large scale mining conflict’ (2013, MSc PA; co-supervisor with Ringo Ossewarde)

2.4       Diego Guerrero Melo: ‘A model of public intervention for music festivals as creative industries in small and medium-sized cities: an assessment of the case of Enschede’ (2013, MSc thesis; co-supervisor with Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros)

2.5       Casper van Hoorn: ‘Local climate change mitigation policy. Frame analysis of stakeholder views on local climate mitigation policy in the small Dutch municipalities Lingewaard and Renkum’ (2014, BSc thesis BSK; co-supervisor with Thomas Hoppe and Pascal Zoetbrood)

2.6       Arjen van der Vegt: ‘Local climate change policy: a comparative analysis of climate mitigation- and adaptation policy between four municipalities in Twente, The Netherlands’ (2015, MSc thesis PA; co-supervisor with Thomas Hoppe)

2.7       Jeroen Veenhuizen: ‘Political markets in Dutch Municipalities. An interpretative policy study of the cases Almere and Hengelo’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Pieter-Jan Klok)

2.8       Alexander ter Avest: ‘Hoe de minister beweert te weten wat hij zegt. Een kwalititieve studie over hoe een politicus zijn realiteit communiceert’ (2016, BSc thesis BSK, with co-supervisor Ariana Need)

3.             Practices and institutions of policing

3.1       Nicola A. Jenne: ‘Possible tensions between the protection of borders and human rights in the legal foundations of the external border agencies of the European Union and Australia’ (2013, MSc ES, with co-supervisor Klaus Schubert)

3.2       Mona I. Mester: ‘The administrative approach to organized crime: Exploring the possibility of implementation in the district Borken (Germany)’ (2016, MSc thesis PA, co-supervisor with Annalisa Pelizza)

3.3       Dewy Vredeveld: ‘The refugee crisis, the EU-Turkey deal and public safety’ (MSc thesis BSK, in prep., co-supervisor with Ringo Ossewaarde)

4.             Governance of Knowledge and Innovation

4.1       Anna-Sophie Reinhardt: ‘Responsible research innovation within Horizon 2020’ (BSc thesis EPA, in prep., co-supervisor with Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros)

4.2       Marc Hansmeier: ‘Are Clusters effective systems for Regional Innovation in North Rhine Westfalia? Illustrated on the AutoCluster.NRW’ (2015, BSc EPA, co-supervisor with Gerhard Wittkämper)

5.             Tentative governance of complex problems

5.1       Inge Rohaan: ‘An analysis of the influence of actors on policy decisions for developing new roads in Dutch demographic decline regions’ (MSc thesis PA, in prep., co-supervisor with Frans Coenen)

6.             The governance of health and health technology

6.1       Helene Fritzsche: ‘The impact of e-mental health interventions on access to mental healthcare in the European Union. A realist review’ (2016, BSc thesis EPA, co-supervisor with Veronica Junjan)

6.2       Viktor Werner: ‘Sugar taxation: The Fiscalisation of Health’ (MSc thesis PA, with co-supervisor Martin Rosema)

7.             Normativities, or: The daily re-invention of legal norms/regulations (in courts or anywhere)

7.1       Frauke de Kort: ‘Mensenrechteneducatie in Maatschappijleerboeken. Een case study’ (2016, Verslag van Onderzoek van Onderwijs voor de eerstegraadsbevoegdheid Leraar Voortgezet Onderwijs Maatschappijleer en Maatschappijwetenschappen, co-supervisor with Margarita Jeliazkova)

8.             The knowledges of governance

9.             How public administrators interpret laws/interpret problems with legal norms

10.          The theory-practice shock of novice public administrators

11.          Doing society and genomics—the emergence of convergence work

12.          Intermediary organisations and practices

13.          Governing nanotechnology and society

14.          Surveillance and governance

15.          Organised crime and governance/The (self-) governance of mafia organisations

16.          Films and pictures enacting policy—developing a new branch of policy analysis

Core methodologies:

  1. Ethnography
  2. Discourse analysis
  3. Qualitative interviewing
  4. Document analysis
  5. Hermeneutics (of texts, pictures, video, websites, spaces/places)
  6. Grounded theory/typological analysis
  7. Situational analysis
  8. Software tools adopted for interpretive research


(A Selection)

Understanding local climate change capacity: lessons from comparison of four municipalities, in: Sustainability 2016 (with Thomas Hoppe & Arjen van der Vecht) [LINK]


Thomas Luckmann dies aged 88. An obituary (2016) (with Dirk vom Lehn)[PDF]

Futures of science with and for society: towards transformative policy orientations. In: Foresight, Special Issue ‘Research and Innovation Futures’, (2016) (with Ellen van Oost, Stefan Kuhlmann, Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros) [LINK]

Office Studies, oder: Feldzugang und Forschen in Amtsstuben, Behörden und Governance-Einrichtungen. Plädoyer für ein Forschungsfeld [Office Studies, or: Field access and research in offices, authorities, and governance bodies], in: Poferl, A./Reichertz, J. (eds.), Wege ins Feld – Methodologische Aspekte des Feldzugangs. Beiträge der 4. Fuldaer Feldarbeitstage 5./6. Juli 2013. Essen: Oldib 2015 [LINK]

European Research Area at Crossroads. Policy Brief of the Forward Visions on the European Research Area (VERA) project. Valencia/Paris/Twente/ Karlsruhe, 2015 (with Molas Gallart, J./ Larédo, P./ Robinson, D. K. R./ Kuhlmann, S./ Ordoñez-Matamoros, H. G./ Daimer, S./ Schoen, A.) [LINK]

The Discontinuation of Socio-Technical Systems as Governance Problem, in: Borrás, S/Edler, J. (eds.), Governance of Systems Change, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014 (with Kuhlmann, S. and Visser, V. R.), pp. 111-128 [LINK]

Constructive Technology Assessment – Antizipation modulieren als Teil der Governance von Innovation [CTA—Modulating anticipation as part of innovation governance]. In: Löw, Martina (ed.), Vielfalt und Zusammenhalt. Verhandlungen der 36. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bochum und Dortmund 2012. CD-ROM. Frankfurt/M: Campus, pp. 1-12 (2014) (with Konrad, Kornelia, Rip, Arie & Kuhlmann, Stefan)

Die hermeneutische Interpretation multisprachlicher Daten in transnationalen Forschungskontexten [On the hermeneutic analysis of multilinguistic interview data in transnational research contexts], in: Bethmann, Richard & Roslon, Michael (eds.). Going the Distance. Impulse für die interkulturelle Qualitative Sozialforschung [Impulses for intercultural qualitative research]. Wiesbaden: VS Springer, pp. 231-253 [LINK]

Phänomenologische und handlungstheoretische Reflektionen zum eigenen Jazzspiel als soziale Praxis [Phenomenological and action theoretical reflections on one’s own jazz playing as social practice], in: Dreher, Jochen (ed.) 2012: Angewandte Phänomenologie. Zum Spannungsverhältnis von Konstruktion und Konstitution. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 311-342 [LINK]

Fragmentierung und Koordination - Governance der Wissenschafts- und Innovationspolitik in Deutschland [Fragmentation and Coordination—The Governance of Science and Innovation in Germany], in: Seckelmann, Margrit/Lange, Stefan/Horstmann, Thomas (eds.) 2010: Die Gemeinschaftsaufgaben von Bund und Ländern in der Wissenschafts- und Bildungspolitik Analysen und Erfahrungen. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 169-194 (with Jakob Edler & Stefan Kuhlmann) [LINK]

Recht und Normativität aus soziologischer Perspektive [Law and Normativity in Sociological Perspective], in: Krüper, Julian (ed.) 2010: Grundlagen des Rechts [Foundation of Law]. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 65-87 [LINK]

The rock ‘n’ roll of knowledge co-production. In: EMBO reports 10, 2, pp. 114–119 (2009) [LINK]; see also: Science & Society Series on Convergence Research. In: EMBO reports, Science & Society section (ed. with Holger Breithaupt) [Link, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK]

Wissen, was Recht ist – Richterlichen Rechtspraxis aus wissenssoziologisch-ethnografischer Sicht [Knowing the Law—Ethnographic Investigations into the Legal Practice of Judges], Wiesbaden: VS (2009) [LINK] Review 1 [LINK] Review 2 [LINK]

Phänomenologie und Soziologie – Theoretische Positionen, aktuelle Problemfelder und empirische Umsetzungen [Phenomenology and Sociology—Theoretical Positions, Current Problems, and Empirical Realizations], Wiesbaden: VS (ed. with Jochen Dreher, Michaela Pfadenhauer, Jürgen Raab, Bernt Schnettler) (2008) [LINK, LINK]

Normative Praxis: konstitutions- und konstruktionsanalytische Grundlagen [Normative practice: foundations in constitution and construction analysis]. In: Raab, Jürgen, Pfadenhauer, Michaela, Stegmaier, Peter, Dreher, Jochen & Schnettler, Bernt (eds.), Phänomenologie und Soziologie. Theoretische Positionen, aktuelle Problemfelder und empirische Umsetzungen. Wiesbaden: VS, pp. 263-272 (2008) [LINK]

Die ganze Vernetzung der inneren Sicherheit: Wissenskrise und Effektivitätsmythos, in: Möllers, Martin HW & van Ooyen, Robert Chr (eds.): Jahrbuch Öffentliche Sicherheit 2008/2009 [Yearbook Public Security]. Frankfurt/M.: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, pp. 417-428 (with Thomas Feltes) (2008) [LINK]

Normativität und Wissen [Normativity and Knowledge], in: Schützeichel, Rainer (ed.): Handbuch Wissenssoziologie und Wissensforschung [Handbook Sociology of Knowledge and Knowledge Research], Konstanz: UVK, pp. 685–698 (2007) [LINK]

Die Unüberwindbarkeit kultureller Differenz [On the Insuperableness of Cultural Differences], Bielefeld: transcript (ed. with Jochen Dreher) (2007) [LINK]

›Vernetzung‹ als neue Effektivitätsmythos der ›inneren Sicherheit‹ [Networking as New Mythos of Effectiveness in the Field of Public Security], in: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (Beilage zur Wochenzeitung ›Das Parlament‹), Issue 12/2007 »Innere Sicherheit im Wandel« [Changes of Public Security] (with Thomas Feltes) [LINK]

Die Bedeutung des Handelns – Zum Verhältnis von Wissenssoziologie und neuropsychologischer Hirnforschung [The Meaning of Acting—On the Relation of the Sociology of Knowledge and Brain Research], in: Reichertz, Jo & Zaboura, Nadia (eds.), Akteur Gehirn – oder das vermeintliche Ende des handelnden Subjekts. Ein Kontroverse [The Acting Brain—Or the Alleged End of The Subject], Wiesbaden: VS, pp. 101–119 (2006) [LINK]

Abduktion in der justiziellen Entscheidungspraxis [Abduction in Everyday Judicial Decision-Making], in: Rechtstheorie 1/2006, pp. 85–108 (with Ralf Kölbel & Thorsten Berndt) [LINK]