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Kurzbeschreibung aktueller Forschungsprojekte von und mit Lehrenden des IfS

Ocean Governance for Sustainability - challenges, options and the role of science

Chair of the Action:
Prof Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Vice Chair of the Action:
Dr Maria Hadjimichael

Science officer of the Action:
Dr Deniz Karaca

The governance of oceanic systems and coastlines is moving into the center of European strategic and sustainability interests. Yet, it suffers from a high degree of fragmentation and the lack of a cross-scalar approach to addressing prevailing policy shortcomings. The proposed COST Action on “Ocean Governance for Sustainability - Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 58 proposers with regional and international outreach. The network aims to establish an integrative vision, and a series of approaches that informs research and future policy directions on crosscutting sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The network differs from thematic predecessors in two distinct ways: While attending to the multiple flows and connectivities between varied marine systems together with land- and sea-based interfaces that are biologically, culturally, politically and socio-economically entwined, it first renders equal importance to strengthening regional and interdisciplinary dialogue, producing scientific output, crosscutting the natural and social sciences. Synergistic issue-driven working groups will be created at a time when Europe is considering its role in global ocean governance, and will continue to evolve well after the COST Action ends. Second, the network creates a distinct multi-scalar and cross-sectoral platform for institutional partners across academia, policymaking and civil society, presenting inclusive spaces for transdicsiplinary dialogue, capacity development and the advancement of practical toolkits that attend to science-policy gaps inherent within integrated ocean and coastal governance. (Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

Vergleich der Finanzkulturen von Haushalten in den USA und Deutschland

Dr. Raphael Heiberger

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung; Fulbright Scholar Program

19.01.2017 - 19.04.2017

In the last decades, many people in industrial countries faced severe pressures on their lifestyles due to growing income inequality and market deregulations in the course of the financialization of their economies. The Subprime crisis revealed the highly unstable organization of complex markets and the huge impact that financial turmoil in stocks, mutual funds or other securities has on large parts of the population. However, there exist varying degrees of participation of the broader public in financial market activities across different economic traditions. The United States and Germany represent opposing poles of capitalist societies, what makes them ideal cases to investigate how social structures interact with financial cultures and investment preferences of households.

Investing in Status As a Mode of Living. Practices, Conditions, Disturbances

Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall
Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank

Stefan Holubek, Dr. Rixta Maria Wundrak

01.10.2016– 30.11.2019

The topic of the project is investing in status as a mode of living which has found particular attention in public debates since the beginning of modernity as well as by sociologists starting with the classical authors. Still, by now this mode of living has not been conceptualized precisely with regard to the interplay of its basic components; moreover, how it fits to the contemporary societal situation has not been empirically investigated. Thus, the project’s general aim is firstly, to model this mode of living as a mechanism which generates certain practices, including the conditions under which it can occur, and secondly, to investigate potential disturbances of this way of “doing life” by actual societal changes, and the practices of coping with these disturbances.

 „Moving for the Kids“ und die Folgen für die residenzielle Segregation. Die wahrgenommene Qualität von Schulen und Nachbarschaften als Ursache von Umzügen von Familien

Prof. Dr. Johannes Huinink
Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio

01.09.2016 - 30.11.2019

In dem geplanten Projekt wird auf der Basis von regional vergleichenden standardisierten Primärdatenerhebungen untersucht, wie die wahrgenommene Qualität von Schulen und Nachbarschaften – neben anderen Ursachen – Umzüge und Wohnstandortentscheidungen von Familien mit und ohne Migrationshintergrund beeinflusst.  

Epistemic Mobilities and the Governance of Environmental Risks in Island Southeast Asia (EMERSA)

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner

Dr. Johannes Herbeck,Dr. Rapti Siriwardane

01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019

EMERSA* is an interdisciplinary project which examines how policies and standardized practices for living with the effects of sea level change in megacities are communicated by international donors and civil society organisations, and taken up, contextually translated, politically legitimised and at times re-circulated internationally by local actors, thus shaping localised anticipatory learning trajectories for change adaptation. 

Entscheidungspraktiken von Kleinanlegern zwischen Selbstexpertierung und Hilflosigkeit

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schimank

Dr. Michael Walter, Lydia Welbers, M.A.

01.03.2015 – 28.02.2018

Kleinanleger sind zu einer wichtigen Akteursgruppe auf dem internationalen Finanzmarkt avanciert. Wir wissen jedoch nach wie vor nur wenig über deren Erfahrungen und Entscheidungspraktiken. Mit Hilfe qualitativer soziologischer Methoden geht das empirische Projekt folgenden Fragen nach:

  • Warum wird jemand zum Kleinanleger? Wie stark ist der wahrgenommene Druck, durch Investitionen auf dem Finanzmarkt Altersvorsorge betreiben zu müssen?
  • Wie erleben Kleinanleger ihre Situation auf dem Finanzmarkt? Welche Praktiken der Selbstexpertisierung und welche Hilflosigkeitserfahrungen sind angesichts der »Hyperkomplexität« des Finanzmarkts beobachtbar?
  •  Welcher Entscheidungspraktiken bedienen sich Kleinanleger?

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