Jan Opper is PhD Fellow at the IFSH. He joined the IFSH in June 2023, within the framework of the graduate program "Democratising Security in Turbulent Times". Before working at the IFSH, he was an associate member of the graduate program working at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) at the University of Hamburg, focussing on Biological Weapons, Disarmament and the Control of Dual-Use items in biology. He studied political science at Philipps-Universität Marburg and has a master degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin.

Research Profile | Current Projects

In his research, Jan Opper is particularly interested in how the assessment of technological capabilities and the belief in technology interplays with security concepts. He primarily looks at those issues from a knowledge perspective and how knowledge is constructed, maintained, and used in security practices. Jan Opper focusses mainly on critical security studies and science and technology studies, and the sociology of knowledge and employ qualitative methods, including ethnography and discourse analysis.

Selected Publications

  • Sarwary, Hares, Jan Opper. 2021.
    “Now is Not the Time for Parties!” The Construction of Public Health, Problematic Youth and Moral Panic.
    Kriminologisches Journal 53 (1): 63-99.
  • Opper, Jan. 2020.
    A Failure of Imagination? Risikoanalyse und High Impact/Low Probability Ereignisse – eine Herausforderung für die Sicherheitsforschung.
    In: Sicherheitslagen und Sicherheitstechnologien, edited by Sabrina Ellebrecht, Nicholas Eschenbruch, 329-344. Münster: LIT.
  • Schlee, René, Jan Opper. 2020.
    Weaponizing the World.
    New Perspectives 28 (3): 314-329. DOI: 10.1177/2336825X20935233.