Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Science Studies

Dr. phil. Arno Simons

Dr. phil. Arno Simons
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung (S)
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Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 129
Phone number
(030) 2093-66617
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Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

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Dr. Arno Simons holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a M.A. in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science from the University of Bielefeld. In his academic work, Arno has exlored various aspects of the relationship between science, technology, politics and society. As a member of the ‘Innovation in Governance’ research group (2009-2014), he investigated the development and spread of policy instruments (Simons et al. 2014; Mann and Simons 2015) and established, together with Jan-Peter Voß, the concept of the ‘instrument constituency’, which describes a form of political agency distinct from epistemic communities and advocacy coalitions (Voß and Simons 2014; Simons and Voß 2018), as well as a performative understanding of policy experimentation (Robaey und Simons 2015; Voß and Simons 2018). In his Doctoral thesis, he combined bibliometric and hermeneutic methods to analyze the discursive construction of emissions trading in a network of expert documents and argued that such document networks work as a supporting infrastructure for instrument constituencies (Simons 2015; Simons 2016). At the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Arno studied Germany’s upcomming maker movement (Simons et al. 2016) and sharing economy (Vogelpohl and Simons 2015). Then he became involved in a series of projects on biomedical translation at Humboldt-University in cooperation with the DZHW and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) (2016-2018). Currently, he is co-leading a project on the roles of review articles in different scientific fields and as boundary objects between science and politics.


Research interests

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Innovation in Politics
  • Discourse Studies
  • Translational Research
  • Network Analysis


Research Projects



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  • Simons, A., Riedel, N., Toelch, U., Hendriks, B., Müller-Ohlraun, S., Liebenau, L., Ambrasat, J., Dirnagl, U., Reinhart, M. Assessing the Organizational Climate for Translational Research with a New Survey Tool. Sci Eng Ethics (2020).
  • Hendriks, B., Simons, A., & Reinhart, M. (2019). What are clinician scientists expected to do? The undefined space for professionalizable work in translational biomedicine. Minerva(Reihe), Wiesbaden: Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11024-019-09367-4
  • Simons, A., Hendriks, B., Dirnagl, U., Riedel, N., Tölch, U., Ahmed, F., & Reinhart, M. (2018). Wo und wie gelingt Translation? Einschätzungen aus der Praxis am Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung. Forschung & Lehre, 25 (10).
  • Voß, J., & Simons, A. (2018). Instrument Constituencies. Promoting Policy Designs. In M. Howlett & I. Mukherjee (Hrsg.), Handbook of Policy Design. Routledge.
  • Voß, J., & Simons, A. (2018).A Novel Understanding of Experimentation in Governance: Co-Producing Innovations between ‘Lab’ and ‘Field'. Policy Sciences, 51(2), 213-229. doi: 10.1007/s11077-018-9313-9
  • Simons, A., & Voß, J.-P. (2018). The concept of instrument constituencies: accounting for dynamics and practices of knowing governance. Policy and Society, 37(1), 14-35. doi: 10.1080/14494035.2017.1375248
  • Simons, A., & Voß, J. (2017). Policy Instrument Constituencies. In M. Howlett & I. Mukherjee (Hrsg.), Handbook of Policy Formulation (S. 355-372). Edward Elgar.
  • Simons, A. (2007). 140 Jahre chemische Gesellschaften in Deutschland. Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 55(11), S. 1099-1100.


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  • Hendriks, B., Reinhart, M., & Simons, A. in Zusammenarbeit mit Dirnagl, U. , Riedel, N., Tölch, U., & Ohlraun, S. (2018, Januar). Clinician Scientists als Gegenstand sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung im Kontext von Translation. Vortrag im Rahmen des Clinician Scientists Retreat am Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung.


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SoSe 2019
53112 Textmining als Methode für die interpretative Sozialforschung?
SoSe 2018

Programmieren als Meta-Methode für sozialwissenschaftliches Arbeiten                                      

WiSe 2017/18
53128 Wissenschaft als Diskurs                                         
SoSe 2017

Netzwerkanalyse in der Wissenschaftsforschung           

53122 Die Koproduktion von Musik, Technik und Kultur
WiSe 2016/17

Alternative Formate der Produktion von wissenschaftlichem und technologischem Wissen                                      


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