Sonja Buxbaum-Conradi

 Sonja Buxbaum-Conradi
  • Economic Geography,
  • Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:
Global production networks; Knowledge processes in distributed value creation networks;
Open production and open-source hardware communities

Membership:
since 2020

Contact

Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany

Institute for Production Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Helmut Schmidt University
University of the Federal Armed Forces
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg

+49 40 6541 2055
Buxbaum-conradi(at)hsu-hh.de
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About me

Coming from the field of cultural and social anthropology, I started working at the Institute for Production Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (LaFT) at the Helmut Schmidt University in 2012 on a project dealing with inter-organizational knowledge management in global production networks. There, I began to develop an interest in digital production technologies and open fabrication laboratories. In my current position as a senior research fellow at LaFT, I investigate their transformative potential for knowledge and production processes, forms of technological learning, and bottom-up economic development.

Being an AGYA member allows me to exchange and develop ideas across very different academic fields and cultural backgrounds.

I believe the ability to integrate multiple perspectives is essential for advancing research and creating viable solutions that have a societal impact. For me, international interdisciplinary research means learning from each other through dialogue, developing new interfacing opportunities, and promoting committed pluralism.
 


Academic career
2018 - today

Postdoctoral Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Production Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (LaFT), Helmut Schmidt University, Germany, working on the projects:

  • ‘Places of Incubovation: Self-replicating, open production spaces as innovation incubators in Tunisia’ (BMBF-sponsored)
  • ‘Startup Port – wissensbasiertes Unternehmertum in der Metropolregion Hamburg’ (BMWI-sponsored)
2018 Doctoral degree with honours in the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, University of Hamburg, Germany
2012 - 2018

Research fellow at the Institute for Production Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (LaFT), Helmut Schmidt University, Germany, working on the projects:

  • ‘Twinning for Innovation’ (2016, AGYA/BMBF)
  • ‘Applied Knowledge Management for the German Federal Armed Forces’ (2013–2017, BMVg)
  • ‘Development of a knowledge management system for the Aviation Cluster in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg’ (2011–2013 BMBF)
2011 - 2012 Freelancer in sales marketing and film production advertising in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
2010 Master’s degree with honours in Ethnology at the Philips University of Marburg and the University of Hamburg, Germany

 


On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Fab: The coming revolution on your desktop – From personal computers to personal fabrication by Neil Gershenfield (2011)

Favourite novel:
Momo: Die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte by Michael Ende (1973)

The scientist from my country you should know:
Hannah Arendt, Political Philosophy