Laura Kocksch


Laura Kocksch is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on technological systems. With a background in science and technology studies and computer science her main research interest lies in the interaction between technologies, humans and infrastructures. She worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology where she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in privacy in social media and secure software engineering. Laura is working on her dissertation on BIG DATA - IT SECURITY IN PRACTICE. Laura is part of the interdisciplinary phd program/NRW Fortschrittskolleg SecHuman - security for people in cyberspace, member of CAST (Centre for Anthropological Knowledge of Scientific and Technological Cultures) and member of EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology).



November 2016 - April 2020

PhD Program/ NRW Fortschrittskolleg "SecHuman" – Security for people in cyberspace title of dissertation: “Big data - IT security in practice”


April 2016

Master of arts cultural anthropology/ European ethnology and computer science and sociology, title of thesis: “Computer scientists start counting at 0.” How epistemic cultures come together. Four cooperation projects.


August 2012

Bachelor of arts cultural anthropology/ European ethnology and political science, title of thesis: “Facebook-localism. New concepts of place through software based presence in social network sites (SNS).”



Universitätsstr. 150                                         
44801 Bochum                                               
FNO 02/14 (moving to GD 1/179 on November 6, 2018)
Phone +49 (0)234 32 27252



Office hours: by arrangement

Research Areas

Science and Technology Studies, secure software engineering, IT security, privacy, computer supported collaborative work and social computing (CSCW)



Poller, Andreas, Laura Kocksch, Sven Türpe, Felix Anand Epp, and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda. "Can Security Become a Routine?: A Study of Organizational Change in an Agile Software Development Group." In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, pp. 2489-2503. ACM, 2017.


Poller, Andreas, Laura Kocksch. “Breaking New Ground for Researching Secure Software Development with Social Theory”. In Proceedings of the

2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Workshop Theory Transfer Social Theory in CSCW.


Poller, Andreas, Laura Kocksch, Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, and Felix Anand Epp. "First-time Security Audits as a Turning Point?: Challenges for Security Practices in an Industry Software Development Team." In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1288-1294. ACM, 2016.


Türpe, Sven, Laura Kocksch, and Andreas Poller. "Penetration Tests a Turning Point in Security Practices? Organizational Challenges and Implications in a Software Development Team." In Twelfth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2016). USENIX Association, 2016.


Poller, Andreas, Petra Ilyes, Andreas Kramm, and Laura Kocksch. "Investigating OSN users' privacy strategies with in-situ observation." In Proceedings of the companion publication of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, pp. 217-220. ACM, 2014.