Dr. Anna Durnová, Ph.D

Anna Durnová holds PhD in Political Science and in Comparative Philology.

She researches the role of emotions and language in policy process using examples from health issues. Among her  research interests are Contemporary Political Theory, Cultural Sociology, Interpretive Methods, and Public Policy.

Anna is currently Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University

She works as a Senior Researcher at the Vienna Institute for Advanced Studies, coordinating the project “Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions” that is funded by the Hertha Firnberg Programme.

She is Forum Editor of Critical Policy Studies (CPS).

Her work on policy includes also number of advisory activities in the area of health care, technology and medicine: She is  Chair of the Adivsory Board of ERSTE Asset Management (Advisory Board expert for technology and medicine); She is also Member of the ELSI Common Service, the expert network of BBMRI-ERIC.

Formerly, Anna was a Hertha-Firnberg Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna

In 2012 she was a Visiting Professor  at the Masaryk University of Brno.
Between 2009 and 2010 she was a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Lyon. She has also been a visiting research fellow at the Universities of  Essex (2012), Paris (2007), and Prague (2009).

Between 2006 and 2008 Anna ran interdisciplinary workshops on end-of-life issues at the European Summer Academy on Bioethics (under patronage of UNESCO’s International Bioethical Committee).

She is the convenor  of the ECPR Standing Group Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis (together with Hendrik Wagenaar and Koen Bartels)nd  advisory board member of Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 

Beyond her academic activities, Anna is an external correspondent of Czech Television and the external columnist for the Czech daily newspaper Hospodářské Noviny.