Main Areas of Research
The central subject of research at the professorship is to better understand the social and political dimensions of ecological crises - especially climate change. On the one hand, we examine how ecological problems are scientifically interpreted, how socioecological conflicts are politically processed and how they are sometimes channeled into processes of social change.
On the other hand, we study new forms of social coordination that emerge in such transformations, and which link different types of actors (state, civil society), levels of governance (global, national, local) and dimensions of authority (political, private, epistemic).
Empirically, the focus is on studies on global climate governance, on transformation processes in the energy sector in Europe (especially Germany and France), as well as on the institutionalisation of global ecological limits or planetary boundaries in various societal sub-sectors (energy, finance, legal systems). Conceptually and methodologically, this research is characterised by a combination of political sociology and environmental sociology, science and technology studies (STS) and ethnography.