Ina Wagner has made a rather exceptional transition from physics (she holds a PhD in nuclear physics) to anchoring her research in CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and PD (Participatory Design). At the University of Technology in Vienna she has built up a unique interdisciplinary research unit, bringing together expertise in sociology, ethnography, psychology, and computer science for the study of work practices and organisations, as well as the design of supporting technologies. She is a leading European academic in the field of work and technology. In 2011 she was awarded the Woman’s Prize of the City of Vienna and in 2012 the ‘Gabriele Possanner Staatspreis 2011’.
Until September 2011 she was Head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Design, Vienna University of Technology where she offered a variety of interdisciplinary courses for students of computer science. She currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at the University of Oslo and an Associate position at Sydney University of Technology.
She has edited and written numerous books and authored over 150 papers on a variety of technology-related issues, amongst them computer-support of hospital work and of architectural design and planning, participatory design, a feminist perspective in science and technology, and ethical and political issues in systems design.