Prof. Dr. Matthias Gross
Institute fo Sociology
- Consultation hour:
Alternative Energy Systems, Ecological Restoration and Brownfield Development, Ignorance and Risk, Real World Experiments, Sociology of Engineering and Innovation, Technology Development in the Context of its Application
- American Sociological Association (ASA)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (German Sociological Association, DGS)
- European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
- European Sociological Association (ESA)
- Georg Simmel Gesellschaft (GSG)
- International Network for Engineering Studies (INES)
- International Sociological Association (ISA)
- Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER)
Since fall term 2013
Full professor of Environmental Sociology at FSU Jena, joint appointment with Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany, also head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at UFZ.
04/2005 - 09/2013
Senior Researcher in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at UFZ Leipzig (granted tenure in 2009), since June 2008 deputy head of the department
04/2012 - 09/2012
Interim professor of Economic and Environmental Sociology at Martin Luther University of Halle
Habilitation in Sociology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg ("Umhabilitierung" from Bielefeld University)
04/2002 - 03/2005
Co-Director of the "Real World Experiments Project," Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University
08 - 12/2003
Guest Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago, USA
07/2001 - 03/2002
Post Doctoral Fellow (German Research Foundation, DFG), Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University
02 - 07/2000
DAAD Doctoral Fellow, Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Dr. rer. soc. (~ Ph.D.) Sociology, Bielefeld University
04/1999 - 06/2001
Doctoral Fellow in the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Graduate School "Genese, Strukturen und Folgen von Wissenschaft und Technik," Institute for Science and Technology Studies, Bielefeld University
01/1998 - 03/1999
Scientific Assistant at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University
Diplom (~ M.A.), Sociology, Bielefeld University ("With Distinction")
08/1995 - 07/1996
Graduate Student. Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University, California, USA
04 - 09/1992
Volunteer work in environmental conservation and restoration projects, Involvement Volunteers Ass. Inc., Victoria, Australia
Selected Publications (since 2010)
Gross, Matthias & Audrone Telesiene, eds. (2016): Green European: Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective. London: Routledge.
Gross, Matthias & Rüdiger Mautz. 2014. Renewable Energies. London: Routledge (Key Ideas Series).
Groß, Matthias. 2014. Experimentelles Nichtwissen: Umweltinnovationen und die Grenzen sozial-ökologischer Resilienz. Bielefeld: Transcript.
Gross, Matthias. 2010. Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Chinese Translation forthcoming with Yilin Press Ltd., Nanjing.
Gross, Matthias & Linsey McGoey (eds.) 2015. Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. London: Routledge.
Gross, Matthias & Michael Stauffacher (eds.) 2014. Special Issue on "Transdisciplinary Environmental Science," Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. Vol.39, No.4.
Groß, Matthias (ed.) 2011. Handbuch Umweltsoziologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Gross, Matthias & Harald Heinrichs (eds.) 2010. Environmental Sociology: European Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Challenges. Dordrecht: Springer.
2005 - Indefinite: Editor of Nature + Culture (Publisher: Berghahn, New York).
Gross, Matthias. 2016. "Risk as zombie category: Ulrich Beck's unfinished project of the 'non-knowledge' society. In: Security Dialogue 47 (5), S. 386-402. DOI: 10.1177/0967010616645020.
Gross, Matthias. 2016. "Give me an Experiment and I will raise a Laboratory," Science, Technology & Human Values 41, DOI: 10.1177/0162243915617005.
Gross, Matthias. 2016. "On the Invisibility of Epochal Breaks and the Virtues of Useless Science" (Review Essay), Public Understanding of Science 24, DOI: 10.1177/0963662515600555.
Bleicher, Alena and Matthias Gross. 2015. "User Motivation, Energy Prosumers and Regional Diversity: Sociological Notes on using Shallow Geothermal Energy," Geothermal Energy 3 (1): 1-12, [art 12] (open access).
Gross, Matthias. 2015. "Self-Knowledge, Gender Roles, and the Making of the Secret Gospels: A Chapter in the Sociology of Nonknowledge," Journal of Historical Sociology 28 (2): 195-212.
Gross, Matthias. 2015. "Journeying to the Heat of the Earth: From Jules Verne to Present-Day Geothermal Adventures," Engineering Studies 7 (1): 28-46.
Gross, Matthias. 2015. "Natural Waste: Canine Companions and the Lure of Inattentively Pooping in Public, "Environmental Sociology 1 (1): 38-47.
Gross, Matthias & Michael Stauffacher. 2014. "Transdisciplinary Environmental Science: Problem-oriented Projects and Strategic Research Programs," Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 35 (4): 299-306.
Gross, Matthias. 2014. "Self-Knowledge, Gender Roles, and the Making of the Secret Gospels: A Chapter in the Sociology of Nonknowledge," Journal of Historical Sociology 27, forthcoming.
Gross, Matthias. 2013. "Old Science Fiction, New Inspiration: Communicating Unknowns in the Utilization of Geothermal Energy," Science Communication 35 (6): 810-818.
Gross, Matthias and Alena Bleicher. 2013. "'It's Always Dark in Front of the Pickaxe': Organizing Ignorance in the Long Term Remediation of Contaminated Land," Time & Society 22 (3): 316-334.
Schädler, Sebastian; Finkel, Michael; Bleicher, Alena; Morio, Max & Matthias Gross. 2013. "Spatially Explicit Computation of Sustainability Indicator Values for the Automated Assessment of Land-use Options," Landscape and Urban Planning 111: 34-45.
Gross, Matthias. 2012. "'Objective Culture' and the Development of Nonknowledge: Georg Simmel and the Reverse Side of Knowing," Cultural Sociology 6 (4): 422-437.
Gross, Matthias. 2012. "Rough Roads to Sustainability" (Review Essay), Science as Culture 21 (3): 421-428.
Gross, Matthias. 2011. "Democratizing Scientific Uncertainty" (Review Essay), Public Understanding of Science 20 (6): 863-864.
Gross, Matthias. 2010. "Ignorance, Research and Decisions about Abandoned Opencast Coal Mines," Science & Public Policy 37 (2): 125-134.
Gross, Matthias. 2010. "The Public Proceduralization of Contingency: Bruno Latour and the Formation of Collective Experiments," Social Epistemology 24 (1): 63-74.
Bleicher, Alena and Matthias Gross. 2010. "Sustainability Assessment and the Revitalization of Contaminated Sites: Operationalizing Sustainable Development for Local Problems," The International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 17 (1): 57-66.