Jeremias Herberg is an assistant professor at the Institute for Science in Society at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is a political sociologist working at the nexus between science and technology studies and sustainability studies. He combines social research, policy analysis and co-creative forms of inquiry to investigate how the phasing out of fossil industries manifests conflicts about science and democracy.
Between 2017 and 2020 he conceptualized and co-led the IASS research group that engages with the coal region of Lausitz, East Germany, in an inter- and transdisciplinary way. In the IASS project 'co-creation and contemporary policy advice' and during a postdoctoral project at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, he investigated the political and epistemic dynamics that emerge when researchers seek a public role and transdisciplinary collaboration with politics, business, and civil society. His PhD thesis addressed the 'skills gap' and 'STEM education' in industrial regions. Based on case studies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Germany, the dissertation shows that educational organizations and policies are increasingly influenced by the expectation to produce so-called 'human capital'.
He studied Sociology in Vienna, Science and Technology Studies in Maastricht and received his PhD in sustainability research from Leuphana University, Lüneburg, after time spent as a Visiting Researcher at UC California, Berkeley.