Peter Kahlert

Research Associate: Critical Legal Tech


Peter Kahlert (né Müller) is an Associated Researcher within Critical Legal Tech.

He is a researcher at the European Newschool of Digital Studies (ENS) at the European University Viadrina (EUV), FO and a member of Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth’s Chair of Sociology of Technology. In the BMBF, VDI/VDE funded project “DataSkop” he conducts pilot studies for a newly created data donation platform concerning algorithmic decision making and its impact on users’ autonomy within digital realms.

From 2009 to 2014 he studied sociology (M.A.), political science, and philosophy at the LMU Munich. Since 2016 he has been a PhD student of the former Digital Media Lab of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich (TUM). His thesis concerns the discursive, performative, and material roles and concepts of creativity in practices of technological invention and problem solving at, and beyond, hackathons.

Peter Kahlert’s research covers experimental methods, pragmatist social theory, and sociology of creativity. His interest in issues of law and sociology of law is focused on the manifold entanglements of media technology and practice within legal institutions and their particular formalization of locutionary indeterminacy.

He is also involved with the “KI, Mensch, Gesellschaft” Expertise-Project of the ISF Munich.

Selected Publications

Müller, P., Passoth, J.-H. Social Science Contributions to Engineering Projects: Looking Beyond Explicit Knowledge Through the Lenses of Social Theory, In: O., Niggemann, P., Schüller: IMPROVE – Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency, 19-36 (2018).


 Müller, P., Passoth, J.-H. Engineering Collaborative Social Science Toolkits. STS Methods and Concepts as Devices for Interdisciplinary Diplomacy. In: A, Karafillidis, R., Weidner: Developing Support Technologies. Cham: Springer: 137-145 (2018).


Kahlert, P. Hacking Creativity. Extended Abstract for SIGCHI Hackathon Workshop 2018:


Müller, P. , Pöchhacker, NAlgorithmic Risk Assessment als Medium des Rechts. Medientechnische Entwicklung und institutionelle Verschiebungen aus Sicht einer Techniksoziologie des Rechts. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 44(1), 157–179 (2019).


Curriculum vitae

Since 2021

Researcher in BMBF, VDI/VDE funded project “DataSkop” (part of the digital autonomy hub) at ENS (EUV)


2019 – 2020

Researcher in EU funded EIT Food Project “Developing a digital toolkit to enhance the communication of scientific health claims” at MCTS, TUM


2016 – 2019

Researcher in EU funded H2020 VFoF project “IMPROVE” at MCTS, TUM


2016 – 2020

PhD student at MCTS, TUM


2014 – 2016

Teaching Assistant at LMU Munich, Editorial Assistant at “Soziale Welt” Journal


2012 – 2014

Study of Sociology and Philosophy (M.A.) at LMU Munich


2009 – 2012

Studying Sociology and Political Science (B.A.) at LMU Munich