Dagmar Rychnovska, Ph.D.


Institut für Höhere Studien - Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)

Country: Austria

About Me:

Dagmar Rychnovská is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations (Charles University in Prague), an M.A. in Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich) and an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security (VU University Amsterdam). In her current work, she explores security controversies in research and innovation, while drawing on security studies and STS. Her broader research interests include international relations, critical security studies, biological weapons and biosecurity.

Research Interests

Political Theory

Foreign Policy

Arms Transfers

Specific Areas of Interest

Critical Security Studies

Science & Technology

Biotechnology Regulation

International Relations Theory

International Security

Countries of Interest

Czech Republic


My Research:

I am Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Techno-science and societal transformation group at the IHS Vienna. I am political scientist specializing in security studies and my work is primarily focused on the changing politics of security.Theoretically, I am interested in the transformation of meanings and practices of (in)security and how this acts back on us in terms of shaping the existing power and knowledge structures. In this regard, my research draws mainly on critical security studies, international political sociology, and sociology of science and technology. Empirically, my current research studies security controversies in the governance of research and innovation concerning bioweapons, biotechnologies, and biobanks. In my prior work, I explored the changing understanding of biological threats, the way UN Security Council approaches new security challenges, the evolution of neutrality etc. Methodologically, I work mostly with qualitative interpretive methods (discourse analysis, practice analysis) and use typically policy documents, interviews, and participant observation.