Ingmar Lippert
Ingmar Lippert

Ingmar Lippert

Research Profile

How do the digital and the social meet? This question powers my research. I explore the situated politics at the heart of the “digital society”, pushing me to analyse the structures and nitty-gritty contingencies of power, knowledge, technology and science.

I specifically focus on data practices and the politics of and within data – engaging in the overlapping empirical domains of the environment and technology. I ask questions about how human agents approach doing data well; I scrutinise the values and commitments embedded in data management and governance; and I analytically problematise how knowledges are shaped by digital systems, including their bugs, frictions and seamless integrations.

My research interacts with, and cuts across, sociologies of technology, of the environment and (un)sustainability, and of science and knowledge. I work in the borderlands of these sociologies by positioning my research in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS) and by engaging in a transdisciplinary mode with the data and knowledge practitioners whose practices I analyse.


As Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen's Technologies in Practice Research Group, I co-lead the project Socio-Cultural Carbon and conduct research on environmental monitoring/reporting as well as on energy governance and autochthonous environmental knowledges. The latter also brings me to Brandenburg University of Technology’s Chair of Technoscience Studies, where I focus on the intersection of knowledge, technology and coal. As a senior visiting research fellow of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin's "Bureau for troubles", I engage with the infrastructure of environmental reporting within the European Union.

2014-2018, I have been Assistant Professor at IT University of Copenhagen in the field of Social Studies of Innovation and Organisation in Digital Societies in the Technologies in Practice Research Group. My teaching focused on postgraduate teaching on digital accountability, management and governance as well as on an introductory course on society-technology relations. This work was shaped in collaborations with ITU's Experimental Techno-Humanities and Organizational Services lab (ETHOS) and its Pervasive Interaction Technology Laboratory (PiT).

2012-13 I was Lecturer at Tembusu College/National University of Singapore: teaching future "change makers" about the contradictory realities of climate change and green capitalism. In parallel, I was member of the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Cluster on Science, Technology and Society.

In 2012, I completed my PhD "Enacting Environments: An Ethnography of the Digitalisation and Naturalisation of Emissions" supervised by sociologist Christoph Lau (Augsburg University) and anthropologist Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University).

Research Interests

  • Theory and Analytics
    • practice theories, specifically Pierre Bourdieu’s work
    • feminist analytics of technoscience
    • (post)actor-network theory, specifically ontological and ontic politics
    • performativity of economics
    • discourse and dispositif analyses
  • “Digital Society”
    • databases
    • intersections of small and big data
    • qualculation and data practices
    • monitoring and accountability relations
  • Environment and (Un)Sustainability
    • carbon
    • coal
    • biodiversity, plants
    • ecosystem services
  • Method/ology/graphy
    • workplace ethnography
    • experimental digital methods
    • methodography of STS methods