Anna Durnová

I hold PhD in Political Science and in Comparative Philology and the „Habilitation à diriger des recherches“ diploma at SciencesPO in Paris.

I research social and political interplays of emotions and knowledge using examples from health and science controversies. The main interest of this work is to understand how emotions evaluate the range of actors and make them entitled to pronounce public concerns.

My areas of scholarly interest are: technoscience and knowledge, political and cultural sociology, public policy, women’s health, sociology of the body, politics of emotions and the public understanding of science.

I am Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and work as a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sociological Studies at the Charles University Prague. Since 2019, I am also IHS Fellow

I am Forum Editor of Critical Policy Studies (CPS) and hold also number of  advisory and coordination positions in international professional association of sociologists and political scientists; among them the Board Director of the Board of  Institute of International Relation in Prague and Advisory College Member of the International Public Policy Association.

Between 2012 and 2018 I was Principal investigator Negotiating Truth: Semmelweis, Discourse on Hand Hygiene and the Politics of Emotions” funded by the Hertha Firnberg Programme. Based most of the time in Vienna, I also was a Visiting Professor  at the Masaryk University of Brno in 2012 and between 2009 and 2010 I was a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Lyon. I have also been a visiting research fellow at the Universities of  Essex (2012), Paris (2007), and Prague (2009).

As one of the convenors of the ECPR Standing Group Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis (together with Hendrik Wagenaar and Koen Bartels) I coordinate activities within the current critical and interpetive research in political science, political sociology andp olicy studies, among them most importantly the  Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference 

Beyond my academic activities, I ocasionally contribute to public debates on democracy, post-factualism or Austrian politics  in Czech Television and I write op-ed for the Czech daily newspaper Hospodářské Noviny.

My work on policy includes number of advisory activities in the area of health care, technology and medicine:  I am Member of the ELSI Common Service, the expert network of BBMRI-ERIC and I was  also Chair of the Adivsory Board of ERSTE Asset Management (Advisory Board expert for technology and medicine, from 2015 to 2018).