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Prof. Dr. Stephan Lorenz

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Institute of Geographical Sciences

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Research Associate

BMBF-Project: “INCREASE: Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Increasing the Resilience of the Population in Iran and Germany in Times of Covid-19 and Climate Change”

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
Room 117
12165 Berlin

Stephan Lorenz has been working as Co-Investigator in the INCREASE project (BMBF) at the Disaster Research Unit of the FU Berlin since 4/2021. Since 2018 he also has been an adjunct professor for sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Between 2019 and 2021, he conducted research at the Max Weber Kolleg at the University of Erfurt and was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS in Potsdam for one year. Until September 2019, he substituted the professorships of General and Theoretical Sociology and Sociology of Labor, Economics, and Industry (half each) at the Institute of Sociology in Jena for two years. Previously, he led his own research project on the honeybee decline, ecological criticism of growth and sustainable development (Volkswagen Foundation, 5/2012-2/2016). In the meantime, he already substituted the professorship of General and Theoretical Sociology for two semesters and was a short-term fellow at the DFG-Kolleg Postwachstumsgesellschaften several times. He habilitated (2012) with a study on the affluent society and new social exclusions using the example of charitable food assistance (based on DFG funding). As a post doc, he researched consumer culture and procedural methodology (post-doc fellowship, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung). His dissertation (scholarship by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2001-2005 including parental leave) empirically investigated organic food consumption in times of the BSE crisis and reform policies and in the context of cultural and social theories of dealing with uncertainty. In the meantime, he was a research associate with Hartmut Rosa for about 1.5 years, particularly on accelerated consumption and landscape perception.  He completed his master's degree (sociology/psychology/philosophy) with a study on the political debate about eco-taxes. He is a trained landscape gardener and spent a practical year working for the public and marketing in the field of organic food and agriculture.
Other activities, including :

  • Since 2018 board member the section " Environmental Sociology " of the German Sociological Association.
  • 2017-2021 Advisory Board member of the project "New Alliances for Sustainability Policy - Chances of Collaboration between Environmental Actors with Trade Unions, Welfare and Social Associations", IÖW and FFU Berlin, funded by UBA and BMU.
  • Expert reports/reviews for research funding agencies (e.g. BMBF, SNF), for various journals and for IPBES
  • Various university management activities (e.g. directorate member at the Institute of Sociology, examination board of three faculties at FSU Jena 2018-19)
  • Since 2008 independent liason lecturer of the Heinrich Boell Foundation

Regularly teaching at the Institute of Sociology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Research Focus

  • Socio-ecological transformation of society, sustainable development and post-growth
  • Environmental sociology, nature-culture relations
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • Consumption and food
  • Case reconstruction and procedural methodology, transdisciplinarity
  • Social theory, theories of procedures


For research grants and fellowships, see homepage in German.

Publications in English

JOURNAL articles

  • Lorenz, Stephan (2021): The sociodiversity of biodiversity. Interdisciplinary communication and the example of honeybees. In: Ecosystems and People 17(1): 41-46
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2017): Ecological criticism of growth and the means and ends of technology: A pragmatist perspective on societal dynamics. In: Journal of Cleaner Production 166C: 98-106
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2016): The endangerment of bees and new developments in beekeeping: A social science perspective using the example of Germany. In: International Journal of Environmental Studies 73(6): 988-1005
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2015): Having no choice: Social exclusion in the affluent society. In: Journal of Exclusion Studies 5(1): 1-17
  • Lorenz, Stephan/Stark, Kerstin (2015): Saving the honeybees in Berlin? A case study of the urban beekeeping boom. In: Environmental Sociology 1(2): 116-126
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2012): Socio-ecological ambivalences of charitable food assistance in the affluent society – the German ‘Tafel’. In: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 32 (7/8): 386-400,
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2010): Procedurality as Methodological Paradigm. Or: Methods as Procedures [44 paragraphs]. In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 11(1), Art. 14, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1001142
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2010): Science as Craft. Review Essay: Richard Sennett (2008). „The Craftsman“ [34 paragraphs]. In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 11(2), Art. 18, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1002183.
  • Lorenz, Stephan (2009): Case Reconstruction, Network Research and Perspectives of a Procedural Methodology [41 paragraphs]. In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 9(1), Art. 10, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801105 

ANTHOLOGY articles

  • Kessl, Fabian/ Lorenz, Stephan/ Schoneville, Holger (2021): Social exclusion and food assistance in Germany. In: Lambie-Mumford, Hannah/ Silvasti, Tiina (Hg.): The rise of food charity in Europe. Bristol : Policy Press (pb edition) S. 49-78.
  • Kessl, Fabian/Lorenz, Stephan/Schoneville, Holger (2020): Social exclusion and food assistance in Germany. In: Lambie-Mumford, Hannah/ Silvasti, Tiina (Hg.): The rise of food charity in Europe. Bristol: Policy Press, S.49-78