Bianca Jansky M.A.

PhD Candidate and Researcher in the BMBF Project META
Ethik der Medizin
Phone: 0821 598 xx

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Bianca Jansky is a sociologist and science and technology studies researcher. Her research focuses on the implications of digital health technologies on a societal and individual level. She is particularly interested in practices of self-care in chronic illnesses, the negotiation of biomedical knowledge in digitalised healthcare settings, and patient activism and collectives. She is also concerned with the critical analysis of 'FemTech' in the health sphere. Furthermore, she is focussing on empirical qualitative methods and their implementation in/for digital contexts, as well as mixed methods approaches. 



Research Interests


Science & Technology Studies (STS)

Sociology of Health and Illness 

Qualitative methods 
Human Computer Interaction 

User Experience Research (UX) 



Short CV


Bianca Jansky studied Sociology, Political Science, Global Studies and Philosophy. During her studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich), she worked as a graduate student research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Sociology at the chair for Qualitative Methods. 

From 2018 to 2020, she worked at the Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at LMU as a research associate in the BMBF-funded research project "META - mHealth: Ethical, legal and societal aspects in the technological age".

Since December 2020, she has been employed as a research associate at the Teaching and Research Unit Ethics of Medicine at the University of Augsburg under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Verina Wild, also in the META project.

In March 2020, she was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies at the University of Copenhagen. 
Since 2019, she is doing her PhD on open-source mHealth in the context of type 1 diabetes, supervised by Prof. Dr. Paula Irene Villa Braslavsky (LMU, Institute of Sociology) and Prof. Dr. Henriette Langstrup (University of Copenhagen, Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies). 




Selected publications

Hendl, T. & Jansky, B. (2021). Tales of self-empowerment through digital health technologies: a closer look at ‘Femtech’ Review of Social Economy. DOI: 10.1080/00346764.2021.2018027

Nijsingh, N., Jansky, B., Marckmann, G. & Kühlmeyer, K. (2020). „Mind the Gap: How Should We Translate Specific Ethical Norms Into Interventions?“ The American Journal of Bioethics 20 (4): 89-91. 

Hendl, T., Jansky, B., Wild, V. (2020). From Design to Data Handling: Why mHealth Needs a Feminist Perspective. In: Janina Loh and Mark Coeckelbergh (eds.). Feminist Philosophy of Technology. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler. pp. 77-103. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-476-04967-4_5.

The META-team 2019 (Verina Wild, Sarah Akgül, Katharina Eisenhut, Tereza Hendl, Bianca Jansky, Felix Machleid, Niels Nijsingh, Nicole Peter, Ela Sauerborn): Ethical, legal and social aspects of mHealth technologies: Navigating the field. In: Bächle TC & Wernich A, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (eds.): THE FUTURES OF eHEALTH. Social, legal and ethical challenges, pp. 19-29.

Schütt, P., Jansky, B., von Unger, H. (2018): Interviewgespräche mit jungen Geflüchteten – Beitrag der qualitativen Fluchtforschung für die migrationspädagogische Praxis. In: SchlaU-Werkstatt für Migrationspädagogik (eds.): Migrationspädagogische Praxis in der Zusammenarbeit mit jungen Geflüchteten. Eine Suchbewegung. Jahrestagung 2017. pp. 24-37.


In the press:

May 2021: Verina Wild and Bianca Jansky talk about ethical aspects of mHealth in ‘Bayerischen Zahnärzteblatt’: 

13.02.2020: Verina Wild and Bianca Jansky talk about Wearables and Apps in the BR podcast: „Wearables. Elektronik Hautnah“ (Niklas Nau) 

Hendl. T., Jansky, B. (2019): "Q&A: a patient asks about the use of apps to track their menstrual cycle and fertility. What advice should they be given?"O&G Magazine of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.



Jansky, B; Langstrup, H: Device Activism and the continuum of material participation in Healthcare. British Sociology Association. Medical Sociology Month, 24. September 2021.

Kühlmeyer, Jansky, B; Nijsingh, N., Marckmann, G. Methoden translationaler Ethik am Beispiel der gemeinsamen Entscheidungsfindung. Akademie für Ethik der Medizin Jahrestagung 2021, 22. September 2021. 

Jansky, B; Langstrup, H: Device Activism and the continuum of material participation in Healthcare. Chronic Living Conference, Copenhagen, 4.-6. March 2021. 

Bayer, R; Jansky, B; Barth, N; Linde, K: How culture and health system shape practice – a qualitative study in GPs with experience working in Germany and another country. WONCA Congress 2020, Berlin, 16.-19. December 2020. 

Jansky B: "Reflexion über Apps, Wearables und Sensoren in der Medizin", 27. Symposium Interdisciplinary Management in Endocrinology, Schloss Hohenkammer, 01. Februar 2020 (Invited by: NovoNordisk) 

Jansky B: "Open Source und Do-it-yourself Medizinprodukte", Fakultative Lehrveranstaltung mit Symposium: New Ideas for Medicine, Technische Universität München. 29. November 2019. 

Jansky B: “Device Knowledge – Do-it-yourself Artificial Pancreas Systeme für die Typ 1 Diabetes Therapie und die Produktion von Körperwissen, Zu den neuen sozialen Potenzialen technologisch veränderter Körper”, Tagung der Sektion Soziologie des Körpers und des Sports der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2019, Konstanz, 28.–29. November 2019.

Hendl T, Bianca B: "Empowered through an mHealth interface? The epistemology of period and fertility apps", Interdisciplinary Conference on the Relations of Humans, Machines and Gender, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, 19. Oktober 2019.

Jansky, B: Do-it-Yourself Technologies For Type 1 Diabetes Self-Care And The Transformation Of Defined Social Role, Society of Social Studies of Science (4S) conference, New Orleans, 3.-7. September 2019.

Hendl T, Jansky B: “Empowered through an mHealth interface? The erasure of diversity in the epistemology of period and fertility trackers”, Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics at the Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (IPAK Center), Belgrad, Serbien, 19. August 2019.

Hendl T, Jansky B: "Empowered through an mHealth Interface? The Epistemology of Peiord and Fertility Apps", Digital Behavioural Technology, Vulnerability and Justice Workshop, TU und LMU München, 3. Juli 2019.

Jansky B, Wild V: “From Do-it-Yourself to Do-it-Ourselves: Self-care in Type 1 Diabetes therapy as a collective endeavour”, The digitally engaged patient Conference, Copenhagen, 11.-12. Juni 2019.

Hendl, T, Jansky B: "Countering the Suppression of Diversity in Period and Fertility Apps: The Role of Autoethnographic Research", Methods in Questions: Epistemologies of Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series, the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, 22. Mai 2019.

Jansky B: “Open-source mHealth: development and use of digital do-it-yourself medical and health technologies”, 2nd Institute Conference „Wir reflektieren Medizin“, Institute für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der Medizine, München 21. Mai 2019.

Jansky B, Woll S: “Code your own pancreas: technology assessment and sociological perspectives on the visions of do-it-yourself artificial pancreas systems in type 1 diabetes therapy”, 18th STS Conference Graz 2019 „Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies“, Graz, 6.-7. Mai 2019.

Hendl T, Jansky B for the META team: "Ethical, legal and social aspects of mHealth technologies: Tackling the jumble". International and interdisciplinary conference : The futures of eHealth: Social, legal and ethical challenges. Humboldt Graduate School, Berlin, 29.–30. April 2019.

Jansky B for the META team: "META - mHealth: Ethical, legal and social aspects. Project introduction" 1. Treffen zu KI und Big Data in der medizinischen Forschung an der LMU, Centrum für Schlaganfall- und Demenzforschung. München, 25. Januar 2019.

Hendl T, Jansky B: "Empowering women through an mHealth interface? The epistemology of period and fertility tracking apps", Workshop mit Mary Fissell und Paula-Irene Villa, München, 17. Januar 2019.

Jansky B: "Scannen statt Stechen – Eine sozialempirische Situationsanalyse zum Einsatz sensorbasierter Glukosemesssysteme in der Diabetestherapie.", Workshop 'Wer (oder was) versorgt uns(ere) Patienten?, Computerisierung von Diagnostik, Therapie und Pflege', München, 8.-11. November 2018.

Hendl T, Jansky B: "Empowered through an mHealth interface? The epistemology of period and fertility tracker apps", Workshop 'Feminist Philosphy of Technology', Wien, 25.-26. Oktober 2018.

Jansky B: "DIY Diabetes: Exploring the appropriation of glucose monitoring devices in a digital global diabetes community" Seminar 'Appropriating technologies: the political economy and routinization of artefacts and devices', Kopenhagen, 24.-25. September 2018.