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Our research focuses on practices of everyday life embedded in social structures, their meaning, inherent rationality, their habitualisation as well as their continuous process of change. Our everyday behavior almost always has a reference to the tangible world – infrastructures, material artefacts, geographical conditions as well as energy and resource consumption. This in turn draws attention to socio-cultural, infrastructural and geographical conditions which enable us to analyze and investigate ecologically sustainable development potential and creative scope as well as potential rebound effects. In addition to the ecological dimension, we also broach the social dimension of sustainability – which is often placed in opposition to a sustainable social transformation. The focus of our analyses, in particular, include issues regarding social power relations and inequality as well as processes of social transformation.
The research themes not only include conduct of life and sustainability, but also cover spatial mobility and transportation, nutrition, new forms of DIY as well as crosscutting topics such as urban and spatial sociology, social structure and social inequality.
The Professorship for Sociology, in particular Conduct of Life and Sustainability focuses on these main topics:
Spatial Mobility and Transportation
Urban and Spatial Sociology
Conduct of Life and Practices of Everyday Life
Dimensions of Social Inequality
Ecological and Social Sustainability