Arno Simons

Dr. Arno Simons

Research area Research System and Science Dynamics
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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.

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Function, reception, and performativity of review literature in science (FuReWiRev)
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How practicioners between bench and bedside evaluate biomedical translation.

Simons, A., Hendriks, B., Reinhart, M., & Ahmed, F. (2019).
How practicioners between bench and bedside evaluate biomedical translation. SocArXiv [preprint].

Assessing the Organizational Climate for Translational Research with a New Survey Tool.

Simons, A., Riedel, N., Toelch, U., Hendriks, B., Ohlraun, S., Liebenau, L., ... & Reinhart, M. (2019).
Assessing the Organizational Climate for Translational Research with a New Survey Tool. SocArXiv [preprint].

What are clinician scientists expected to do? The undefined space for professionalizable work in translational biomedicine.

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.
Abstract

Clinician scientists have gained institutional support in the era of translational research, as the key solution to closing the ‘translational gap’ between biomedical research and medical practice. However, clinician scientists remain an ‘endangered species’ in search of a secure niche, while new grants and training programs attempt to counteract their measurable decline in numbers over the past decades. Our study asks how an occupational space for clinician scientists is currently situated between the politics of translation, professional dynamics, and the specialization of academic disciplines. We interviewed clinician scientists, their adjacent professions—clinicians and biomedical researchers—, and contrast their views with expectations

Wo und wie gelingt Translation? Einschätzungen aus der Praxis am Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung.

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).

Instrument Constituencies. Promoting Policy Designs.

Voß, J., & Simons, A. (2018).
Instrument Constituencies. Promoting Policy Designs. In M. Howlett & I. Mukherjee (Hrsg.), Handbook of Policy Design. Routledge.

A Novel Understanding of Experimentation in Governance: Co-Producing Innovations between ‘Lab’ and ‘Field'.

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.

The concept of instrument constituencies: accounting for dynamics and practices of knowing governance.

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.

Policy Instrument Constituencies.

Simons, A., & Voß, J. (2017).
Policy Instrument Constituencies. In M. Howlett & I. Mukherjee (Hrsg.), Handbook of Policy Formulation (S. 355-372). Edward Elgar.

Documented Authority. The Discursive Construction of Emissions Trading in the Expert Literature. Berlin: Technische Universität Berlin.

Simons, A. (2016).
Documented Authority. The Discursive Construction of Emissions Trading in the Expert Literature. Berlin: Technische Universität Berlin.

Offene Werkstätten – Nachhaltig Innovativ? Potenziale Gemeinsamen Arbeitens Und Produzierens in Der Gesellschaftlichen Transformation. Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung.

Simons, A., Petschow, U., & Peukert, J. (2016).
Offene Werkstätten – Nachhaltig Innovativ? Potenziale Gemeinsamen Arbeitens Und Produzierens in Der Gesellschaftlichen Transformation. Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung.

Local emergence and international developments of conservation trading systems: innovation dynamics and related problems.

Mann, C., & Simons, A. (2015).
Local emergence and international developments of conservation trading systems: innovation dynamics and related problems. Environmental Conservation, 42(4), 325-334.

Responsible management of social experiments: Challenges for policymaking.

Robaey, Z., & Simons, A. (2015).
Responsible management of social experiments: Challenges for policymaking. In B. Koops, J. van den Hoven, H. Romijn, T. Swierstra & I. Oosterlake (Hrsg.), Responsible Innovation, Volume 2: Concepts, approaches, and applications (S. 87-104). Springer.

Fact-making in permit markets: document networks as infrastructures of emissions trading.

Simons, A. (2015).
Fact-making in permit markets: document networks as infrastructures of emissions trading. In J. Voß & R. Freeman (Hrsg.), Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Politics by other means. The making of the emissions trading instrument as a 'pre-history' of carbon trading.

Simons, A., & Voß, J. (2015).
Politics by other means. The making of the emissions trading instrument as a 'pre-history' of carbon trading. In R. Lane & B. Stephan (Hrsg.), The politics of carbon markets (S. 51-68). New York, USA, London, England: Routledge.

Kontroversen ums Teilen. Ein Überblick über das online gestützte Peer-to-Peer Sharing als gesellschaftliche Innovation und eingehende allgemeine und spezifische Kontroversen. PeerSharing Arbeitsbericht 2. Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung.

Vogelpohl, T., & Simons, A. (2015).
Kontroversen ums Teilen. Ein Überblick über das online gestützte Peer-to-Peer Sharing als gesellschaftliche Innovation und eingehende allgemeine und spezifische Kontroversen. PeerSharing Arbeitsbericht 2. Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung.
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Clinician Scientists als Gegenstand sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung im Kontext von Translation.

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.