Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - RMZ

Lise Moawad, M.A.

Lise Moawad M.A.

External institution
Schönhauser Allee 10-11 10119 Berlin
Function / Working Area
Robert K. Merton Zentrum
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Lise Moawad studied Politics and Public Administration (M.A.) at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and the University of Konstanz and German Studies (M.A.) at the Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). Both her master theses were devoted to the question of federalism - as a state organisational principle or as a historical fact - using the example of German cultural and educational policy. She then worked for two years for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEAE) as a policy officer for language and education cooperation at the French Embassy in Berlin. Since November 2020, Lise Moawad has been working for the project "Diversity and Adaptability of Peer Review" at the Robert K. Merton Centre at HU. She also started working on her PhD in April 2022 on the question of the recent political uses of social science knowledge in France, Germany and the UK.


Research Interests

  • Political sociology
  • (Higher) education policies
  • Political theory
  • Qualitative methods (discourse and content analysis)


Research Projects




  • Moawad, L. (2022). A l'ombre du poltergeist. Peeves, de personnage fantôme à ghost character dans la série Harry Potter. Pagaille, 2.
  • Moawad, L. & Schenzielorz, C. (2022). Metamorphoses and performativity. Transformative R&I policies and the norm(alis)ing effect of societal impact. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, 53:85-96. ISSN 1726-6629.



  • Moawad, L. (2023, September). “Wissenschaftsfreiheit” debated: German parliamentary discourses on an essentially contested concept. Talk at the ECPR General Conference, Prague.

  • Moawad, L. (2023, June). Social Sciences, Societal impact and Agonistic Democracy. Talk at the RMZ Kolloquium, Berlin.
  • Moawad, L., Schendzielorz, C. & Reinhart, M. (2023, June). Societal impact, Language and Ideology. Talk at the Eu-SPRI Annual Conference, Brighton.
  • Moawad, L. (2023, May). Social sciences, their societal impact and the agonistic democracy. Talk at the STS Conference Graz, Graz.
  • Moawad, L. (2023, March). If Prometheus Were a Scholar... Understanding Today’s STS Practices While Rereading Yesterday’s Ancient Myths. Talk at the Literature and Science 1922-2022, Rom.
  • Moawad, L. (2022, November). What do parliaments do to social sciences? A comparative analysis of three PTA offices (France, Germany, UK). Talk at the IParl-Forschungskolloquiums, Berlin.
  • Moawad, L., Schendzielorz, C. & Reinhart, M. (2022, September). Commanding both excellence and impact. A totalitarian attempt to reshape research quality? Talk at the workshop “Unsettling Research Quality” organised by R-QUEST, Oslo.
  • Moawad, L. (2022, August). Addressing power: from Prince's tutor to political advisor. Talk at the ECPR General Conference 2022, Innsbruck.
  • Moawad, L. (2022, July). If Prometheus were a scholar... Understanding today’s STS practices while rereading yesterday’s ancient myths. Talk at the EASST conference 2022 | Politics of technoscientific futures, Madrid.
  • Moawad, L. (2022, July). When MPs met brainies. A comparative analysis of parliamentarian dispositives towards social sciences produced knowledge (UK, Germany, France). Talk at the 7th ECPR SG Parliaments Conference, Paris.
  • Moawad, L. & Schendzielorz, C. (2022, May). Societal impact: a transformative criterion for transformative policies? Talk at the REvaluation21|22 Conference | Anticipation – Transition – Resilience, Vienna.
  • Schendzielorz, C. & Moawad, L. (2021, September). "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me". Rearticulating digitalization, academic integrity and research governance agendas. Panel hosted at the EAIR 43rd Annual Forum 2021 | "Transformation Fast and Slow: Quality, Trust and Digitalisation in Higher Education", Berlin (online).
  • Flink, T., Moawad, L., Reinhart, M., & Schendzielorz, C. (2021, May). When novelty needs nostalgia: 21st century rhetorics in science and policy. Talk at the Nordic STS conference 2021 | STS and the Future as a Matter of Collective Concern, Copenhagen (online).
  • Moawad, L. (2016, May). Self-perception and perception of the Other in Franco-German relations: A Comparative Analysis of the Creation of the Office of the Federal Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and Media (BKM) in Germany in 1998. Talk at the Doctoral college "Power and Public Spheres in Germany, France and Europe in a Comparative Perspective", Saarbrucken and Paris.


University Courses

SoSe 2022
530211 SE Qualitative Research Design: How to ask qualitative research questions (mit Rocío Fonseca)


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