Wolfgang Hofkirchner studied Political Science and Psychology at the University of Salzburg where he awarded his Dr.phil. He has been working since in the field of Science–Technology–Society and received his venia legendi at the Vienna University of Technology.
He did research and teaching at the Austrian Academy of Sciences; the Vienna University of Technology; the Federal University of Bahía, Salvador, Brazil; the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria; the University of León, Spain; and the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona.
His current focus is on an integrative science of information, information society and information technology. The perspective taken is that of complex thinking underpinned by considerations rooted in philosophy while extending to ICTs and society.
He is Academician of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences and Member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin.
He is director of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science in Vienna, member of the Board of Directors of the Science of Information Institute in Washington, and co-coordinator of the ICTs-and-Society network.