Postgraduate researcherLisa Lehner, BA, BA, MA, MA

About Lisa Lehner

Lisa Lehner is currently a PhD Candidate in Science & Technology Studies (STS) at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), where her dissertation project focuses on Hepatitis C infections and curing in the Austrian welfare state. Lisa also holds a BA in Sociology, and one in Political Science, and an MA in Science-Technology-Society from the University of Vienna, as well as one in STS, with a Minor in Medical Anthropology, from Cornell University. During her graduate studies, she started specializing in matters of public health, including projects on topics as variable as assisted reproductive technologies, life organ transplantation, infectious diseases, and pharmaceutical studies. In her work, she combines approaches in critical medical anthropology, science studies, and public health and focuses on issues of power, inequality, as well as social and healthcare access. An expert in qualitative research, she generally integrates observational, interviewing, focus group, and community-engaged methods. Additionally, Lisa is interested in queer theory, LGBTQIA+ rights, welfare state politics, and health implementation research.
She also brings in over ten years of project and work experience in the Austrian public health context with prior positions at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research (2011-2014), the Medical University of Vienna for the EU-Horizon 2020 project SoNAR-Global (2019-2021), and as a consultant at AmberMed Vienna for the GÖG Social Prescribing pilot-project (2022).

The role and goal of critical public health research is to better understand the status quo–especially the needs of groups in marginalized conditions of living–and figure out practical ways of creating more access and equity in the healthcare system as a whole.
Lisa Lehner


Areas of interest

Medical anthropology, social studies of science, pharmaceutical studies, health inequalities, healthcare policy

Highlighted Publications

Lehner, Lisa, Janna Gribi, Kathryn Hoffmann, Katharina T. Paul, and Ruth Kutalek. “Beyond the ‘Information Deficit Model’ – Understanding Vaccine-Hesitant Attitudes of Midwives in Austria: A Qualitative Study.” BMC Public Health 21, no. 1 (September 14, 2021): 1671.

Jeleff, Maren, Lisa Lehner, Tamara Giles-Vernick, Michel L. A. Dückers, A. David Napier, Elena Jirovsky, and Ruth Kutalek. “Vulnerability Assessment Tools for Infectious Threats and Antimicrobial Resistance: A Scoping Review Protocol.” BMJ Open 9, no. 11 (November 1, 2019).

Professional membership

Austrian Association for Science and Technology Studies (STS Austria)
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
The European Association for the Studies of Science and Technology (EASST)
The Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology (STS Italia)

Achievements and awards

2020. Resident Fellowship, Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg
2018. Dan David Prize Scholarship in “Bioethics”, Dan David Foundation
2018. Timothy Murray Travel Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell School of Arts & Sciences
2018. Young Scholars Award, The Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology
2017. Bozcowski Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
2017. SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies & Social Science Research Council
2017. Research Travel Grant, Cornell University
2015. Würdigungspreis – Staatspreis für die besten Diplom- und Masterabschlüsse, Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy
2015. Förderungspreis, Dr. Maria Schaumayer-Stiftung
2014. Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University


2017 – 2022: PhD, Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (advisor: Dr. Rachel Prentice)
2014 – 2017: MA, Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
2011 – 2014: MA, Science-Technology-Society, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
2008 – 2012: BA, Political Science, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
2008 – 2011: BA, Sociology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria