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What Research Networks are for:

Research networks are an essential part of the intellectual life of the ESA. They are the groups “where most of the action is”: confrontation between different approaches; comparison between societies and between national sociological traditions; continued discussion and collaboration. They organise regular meetings among their members and other interested sociologists and have a key role in preparing the program of the large bi-annual ESA conference. Research networks are focussed sufficiently to motivate people and to enable them to work effectively with each other. They meet more frequently than is possible within the framework of general conferences. These meetings tend to be smaller and more homogeneous, and thus more suited to intellectual debate and the exchange of ideas.

To date, the ESA Executive Committee has approved 37 Research Networks (RNs).


For any question concerning Research Networks, you can contact the ESA office.

The Chair of the ESA Research Networks Committee is Laura Horn (

More information will be available soon!

RN01 - Ageing in Europe

Ageing is an area of increasing interest to sociologists and social policy researchers, stimulated by awareness of the rising proportion of older people, the projected costs of pensions and health care, earlier ages of retirement, the ‘vertical’ growth of families, changing patterns of consumption and of lifestyles. Societies have responded in differing ways to population ageing, making ageing and intergenerational relations an exciting and important area in which to exchange information and ideas across countries. International comparative research on these issues is vital, and this new Network aims to facilitate international contacts and collaboration among those with research interests in ageing.

Coordinator: Bernhard Weicht, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Co-coordinator: Dirk Hofäcker, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Board 2015-2017:

  • Marja Aartsen, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Lucie Galcanova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Magnus Nilsson, Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Christos Pliakos, University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Jenni Spännäri, Helsinki University, Finland
  • Justyna Stypinska, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Edward Tolhurst, Staffordshire University, UK

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RN02 - Sociology of the Arts


  1. Sociology focussed on all particular domains in arts including architecture, urban planning, applied arts, arts within the domain of popular culture (e.g. film, television, and popular music) as well as traditional ‘high’ arts (e.g. music, visual arts, literature, theatre, etc.).
  2. Process of production including the impact of technology, new means of production, collaboration, the formation of art theory.
  3. Process of distribution, promotion and commercialisation of works of art including the development of markets in all domains of the arts, changing strategies of promotion of arts, economic value formation, internationalisation of markets.
  4. Process of presentation and mediation of arts including criticism and media publicity in all domains of the arts, museums, theatres, concerts, audience studies, attitudes towards the audience, educational programs (i.e. art dissemination through educational institutions).
  5. Professional development including vocational education, amateurs and semi-amateurs, professional differentiation, artistic income, relation of artists to other professionals, arts management, processes of recognition as artists, the development of artistic reputation.
  6. Arts organisations (not only houses such as museums, galleries, theatres, opera-houses, publishing houses, cultural centres but also festivals) – investigation of historical development, functional effects, collaboration, power relations, program selection, structures and processes within the organisations, gate-keeping processes, leadership.
  7. Arts policy (especially the sociological aspects) including legal regulation, public and private funding (sponsoring, patronage), public discourse and debates (e.g. classification of art, arts and religious symbols, arts and sexuality, arts and racism), censorship, analysis of the impact of arts, sustainability, lobbying associations.
  8. Social and cognitive effects of the arts e.g. arts and identity formation, arts and bodies, aesthetic experience, coding and decoding, gender related practices, ethnographic aspects, arts as a part of city culture.
  9. Arts from a (rather) macrosociological perspective e.g. (de-)institutionalisation, economisation, globalisation vs. localism, digitalisation, mediamorphosis, arts and social cohesion, arts and ethics, arts and hegemony, arts and power.
  10. Theoretical development in arts sociology e.g. the production of culture approach, structuralism and field theory, system theory.

Coordinator: Sacha Kagan, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany,

Co-coordinator: Anna Lisa Tota, University of Rome 3, Italy,

Board 2015-2017:

  • Dan-Eugen Ratiu as former coordinator (Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
  • Dagmar Danko (Freiburg & Paris)
  • Sari Karttunen (The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research – Cupore)
  • Christopher Mathieu (University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Valerie Visanich (University of Malta)
  • Decano: Tasos Zembylas (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria), as former coordinator

RN03 - Biographical Perspectives on European Societies

The Research Network ‘Biographical perspectives on European Societies’ aims to promote scholarly exchange and creative collaboration between sociologists using biographical perspectives to understand the social reality. Our scope of interests is mainly organized around the following themes: identity, migration, ethnicity, memory, processes of social transformation and other processes structured within and structurizing the social reality. Methodologically the network is developing along the qualitative, mainly biographical methods combining it with visual and performative methods.

Coordinator: Kaja Kazmierska, University of Lodz, Poland,

Co-coordinator: Ina Alber, University of Göttingen, Germany,

Board members:

  • Jane Arnfield (UK)
  • Baiba Bella (Latvia)
  • Thea Boldt (Germany)
  • Drew Dalton (UK- offered support re social networking)
  • Justine Gallagher (UK PhD Forum rep)
  • Agnieszka Golczynska-Grondas (Poland)
  • Robert Miller (UK)
  • Lyudmila Nurse (UK)
  • Maggie O’Neill (UK)
  • Wojciech Polec (Poland)
  • Elena Rozhdestvenskaya (Russia)
  • Ileana Szasz (Romania)
  • Katarzyna Waniek (Poland)
  • Elena Zdravomyslova (Russia)

RN04 - Sociology of Children and Childhood


From a modest start in the 1980s, through increasing empirical and theoretical activity in the 1990s, the sociology of childhood research has become well established internationally. This field of study has developed critical alternatives to mainstream research on children and has generated significant contributions to understanding childhood as a social phenomenon and children’s lives and positions in societies. The importance of children and childhood(s) as topics for sociological study is reflected in a growing community of scholars engaged in theoretical and empirical work in this area across Europe. This includes work looking at children living in times of political change and transition, engagements with understanding childhood as a structural space in societies, and explorations of children’s everyday lives from their own perspective. These areas, together with issues of theorising childhood and methodological developments, will form important foci for the Research Network.


  • Nigel Thomas, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK,
  • Griet Roets, Ghent University, Belgium (Flanders),

If you would like to be a member of our RN, please email the network coordinator Nigel Thomas or request to join through our JISC-based mailing list at and search for the list: ESACHILDHOOD

RN05 - Sociology of Consumption


The Consumption research network has been active in the European Sociological Association since the early 1990s, and has drawn in scholars from across Europe for discussion at the cutting edge of social and cultural debate on consumption. Meetings of the group typically deal with a broad range of theoretical, methodological and empirical issues in the sociology of consumption.

Coordinator: Margit Keller, University of Tartu, Estonia,

Co-coordinator: Terhi-Anna Wilska, University of Jyväskylä, Finland,

Board members:

  • Arne Dulsrud, SIFO, Norway
  • Michael Egerer, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Irmak Karademir Hazir, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Marie Plessz, INRA; ALISS, France
  • Monica Truninger, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Stefan Wahlen, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Luke Yates, University of Manchester, UK

RN06 - Critical Political Economy


RN06 Critical Political Economy (CPERN) promotes and facilitates research aimed at understanding recent transformations of capitalism and capitalist societies. The primary focus is on Europe, but CPERN is in no way restricted to just this part of the world. CPERN’s purpose is to reassert the centrality of political economy perspectives and to promote critical and emancipatory scholarship. It is a hub for interdisciplinary exchange, straddling principally the disciplines of sociology, politics and economics, but also reaching out to geography, social policy and law. It has attracted considerable attention as a result, which can be observed by the diverse and rich range of the papers presented since the network’s inception in 2005, its growing geographical reach, and the participation in the network of a variety of junior and senior researchers, from postgraduate students to professors.

Coordinator: Mònica Clua-Losada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona / University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Co-coordinator/Treasurer: Angela Wigger (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Liasion Officer – Phoebe Moore (Middlessex University, London)

Communications – Caroline Metz (University of Manchester)

Conference support – Abel Polese (Dublin City University and Tallin University)

Advisory board:

  • Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • Dorothee Bohle (Central European University, Hungary)
  • Ian Bruff (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Jan Drahokoupil (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • Eva Hartmann (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Laura Horn (Roskilde University, Denmark)
  • Martijn Konings (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Magnus Ryner (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
  • Susanne Soederberg (Queen’s University, Canada)

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RN07 - Sociology of Culture


The purpose of the Research Network on the Sociology of Culture is to encourage development of this perspective through the organized interchange of ideas and research. It will do so through meetings, conferences, publications, and other means considered appropriate by the Board of the Research Network. The term Culture shall be interpreted in its broadest sense to include cultural products, ideas, and symbolic meanings, as these relate to social behavior and organization.

Coordinator: Trever Hagen, University of Exeter, UK,

Co-coordinator: Joost van Loon, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany,

The Board 2015-2017:

Senior members of the board:

  • Hubert Knoblauch, Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Tia DeNora, University of Exeter, UK
  • Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Thomas Eberle, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Anna Lisa Tota, University of Roma III, Italy
  • Rudi Laermans, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Motti Regev, The Open University of Israel

Board members:

  • Mark Jacobs (former coordinator), George Mason University, USA
  • Carmen Leccardi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • David Inglis, University of Exeter, UK
  • Michaela Pfadenhauer, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Predrag Cveticanin, Faculty of Tourism and Sport TIMS, Serbia
  • Anna-Mari Almila, University of the Arts London, UK
  • Dagmara Beitnere-Le Galla, University of Latvia
  • Siobhan Kattago, University of Tartu, Estonia

RN08 - Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis


The purpose of the Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network (DCSCRN) is to promote the study, research and analysis of natural, technological and social disasters with a view to contributing to the development of disaster-resilient European communities and preventing or mitigating the human, economic, social, cultural and psychological effects of disasters.

We propose to achieve our scientific and social policy goals through:

  • the organization of sessions during the biannual conferences of ESA
  • the organization of interim conferences
  • the organization of European sessions at other international social science conferences
  • the publication of an electronic newsletter and
  • the establishment of a webpage.

Coordinator: Antti Silvast, University of Edinburgh, UK,

Co-coordinator: Eugenia Petropoulou (Greece)

Board Members:

  • Nina Blom Andersen (Denmark)
  • Ilan Kelman (UK)
  • Barbara Lucini (Italy)
  • John Twigg (UK)

Advisory board:

  • Nikos Petropooulos (Greece)
  • Murat Balamir (Turkey)
  • Susann Baez Ullberg (Argentina/Sweden)
  • Maureen Fordham (UK)


RN09 - Economic Sociology

Coordinator: Sebastian Koos, University of Konstanz, Germany,

Co-coordinator: Olga Ivashchenko, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine,

Board members:

  • Andrea Maurer, Department of Sociology/Ethnology, University of Trier, Trier, Germany
  • Andrea Pitasi, Business Administration and Management Department, D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
  • Alberto Veira Ramos, Department of Social Analysis, University Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Mikolaj Pawlak, Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialisation, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

RN10 - Sociology of Education

Coordinator: Vasiliki Kantzara, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece,

Co-coordinator: Mieke van Houtte, Ghent University,

Board members:

  • Adriana Aubert, University of Barcelona
  • Roxana-Diana Baltaru, University of Essex
  • Bernadette Brereton, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Maddalena Colombo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Jannick Demanet, Ghent, University
  • Dinah Gross, University of Lausanne
  • Jan Germen Janmaat, University of London
  • Piotr Mikiewicz, University of Lower Silesia

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RN11 - Sociology of Emotions


The sociology of emotions is a new and vital field within the broad discipline of sociology that has a lineage encompassing the classical tradition as well as more recent sociological research and scholarship. Research on emotions contributes to political sociology, medical sociology, sociology of social movements, sociology of gender, economic sociology, cultural sociology, sociological theory, social psychology and other specialisms within sociology. The Sociology of Emotions Research Network brings together researchers with an interest in emotions who share a range of substantive research themes and draw upon diverse methodologies.

Coordinator: Stina Bergman Blix, Stockholm University, Sweden,


  • Jonathan G. Heaney,
  • Monika Verbalyte,

Advisory Board:

  • Natàlia Cantó Milà
  • Katarina Scherke
  • Jochen Kleres
  • Sylva Terpe

External Representatives/Interface:

  • Stephanie Alice Baker
  • Juha Klemelä


RN12 - Environment & Society


The Environment & Society Research Network aims to provide a platform for social scientists interested in issues of environment and sustainability. The main activity of the E&S network is the coordination of sessions at the biannual ESA conference. The network also has an e-mail list and a website to facilitate communication among social scientists active in the field of environment and sustainability.

Coordinator: Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre of Environmental Research, Leipzig and University of Jena, Germany,

Co-coordinator: Audrone Telesiene,

Board members:

  • Çigdem Adem (e-mail list,
  • Balínt Bàlazs
  • Giorgio Osti
  • Mikael Klintman
  • Mercedes Martínez
  • Luísa Schmidt
  • Aleksandra Wagner
  • Peter Oosterveer
  • Henning Best (treasurer)

RN13 - Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

Coordinator: Isabella Crespi, University of Macerata, Italy,

Co-coordinator: Detlev Lueck,

Board members:

  • Anna-Maija Castrén, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Vida Cesnuityte, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Esther Dermott, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Pedro Romero Balsas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Almudena Moreno, University of Valladolid, Spain
  • Steven Saxonberg, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Sara Mazzucchelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy
  • Ulrike Zartler, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Charlott Nyman, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Rita Gouveia, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Advisory board:

  • Gerardo Meil, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Giovanna Rossi, Catholic University of Milano, Italy
  • Eric Widmer, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Claude Martin, EHESP, Rennes, France
  • Sigtona Halrynjo, Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway
  • Karin Wall, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Elin Kvande, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Julia Brannen, Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Ulla Björnberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

RN14 - Gender Relations in the Labour Market and the Welfare State


The importance of employment and labour market for the life chances of the members in the European nation states and in the developing common labour market of the European Union is undisputed. The specific and discriminated situation of women is an important reason to study the complex interrelation of the societal and labour market situation (not only) of women.

Workshops on “Gender Relations and the Labour Market” were organized at both the First and the Second European Conferences of Sociology and both times the workshops attracted great interest among European sociologists. During recent years much comparative research projects on these issues has been carried out and there exist several research groups in the different European countries. However, more communication is needed between researchers not at least to focus comparative research on crucial gender issues such as the changing gender composition of the labour force and the development in patterns of female employment, new forms of employment, growing part-time work, gender segregation in the labour market, the changed condition for social citizenship, social exclusion and unemployment in a gender perspective, and the influence of state and labour market policy on men’s and women’s social conditions. In this context analysis of EU employment policy and its consequences for equal opportunities of women are also an important research issue. In discussing topics it is necessary to include – still more – researchers from the new member states of the European Union as well as those from the Eastern European societies.

Future Activities of the Network:

  • Initiating and intensifying comparative research with the aims of clarifying theoretical explanations and providing more empirical based material for political strategies to improve women’s disadvantaged/discriminated situation in the emerging European labour market;
  • Establishing research groups and reinforcing contacts between researchers;
  • Organizing smaller research centered meetings and conferences.

Coordinator: Hazel Conley, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK,

Co-coordinator: Emma Calvert, University College Dublin

Board members (2015-2017):

  • Nata Duvvury (National University of Ireland, Galway)
  • Clary Krekula (Karlstad, Sweden)
  • Evelyn Mahon (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Eva Katharina Sarter (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
  • Orly Benjamin (Bar-Ilan)
  • Sara Falcao Casca (Lisbon School of Economics and Management)
  • Sue Durbin (UWE)
  • Ana Lopes (UWE)
  • Tessa Wright (QMUL)


RN15 - Global, transnational and cosmopolitan sociology


Sociology has traditionally worked with the nation-state as its main unit of analysis. However, recent world-wide developments made it necessary to advance existing sociological methods to understand increasingly transnational and global levels of social reality. Therefore, on the one hand, this research network focuses on the study of social structures and processes that transcend or go beyond the national level. The field covers a wide range of phenomena, some of them emphasising consciousness of the world as one place, others transnational by definition, still others with a global-local relational nature, and some that may be rooted in a nation-state but have important transnational dimensions. On the other hand, the overriding reason for proposing this RN is the substantial lack of knowledge and understanding regarding the emergence of transnational shared practices, cultures and patterns of affiliation.

Over the last few decades, a sizeable body of cross disciplinary research has focused on the development and impact of a global society on individual lives. One of the widely accepted consequences of the globalized society is the development of individual outlooks, behaviours and feelings that transcend local and national boundaries. Within this broad scope, network researchers address the dynamics of formation and transnational spread of ideas, institutions and practices in a broad range of areas, for instance in social movements and civil societies, politics and policies, management and organisation, religion, and popular culture and the arts. Moreover, our proposal is to develop a transnational approach by considering Europe as part of global processes as well as by comparing it with other regions, with which Europe’s existing mobility and exchanges are now stronger than ever. The network aims to connect and synergise the independent work of members within the guidelines set by the ESA.

Coordinator: Pertti Alasuutari, University of Tampere, Finland,

Co-coordinator: Marco Caselli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy,

Board members:

  • Ali Qadir, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Sylvain Beck, GEMASS, Paris, France
  • Pierluca Birindelli, Gonzaga University, USA
  • Daniel Chernilo, Loughborough University, UK
  • Robert Fine, University of Warwick, UK
  • Peter Holley, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Mags Liddy, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Victor Roudometof, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Sanna Saksel-Bergholm, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Weiju Wu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

RN16 - Sociology of Health and Illness


The Network embraces research on the impact of changing social, cultural and political factors on health within Europe and beyond. This includes but is not limited to themes such health inequalities, health systems, health professions, migration and health, risk, gender and health, ethnicity and health, bioethics, new genetics, embodiment, lay beliefs and illness accounts. Members’ interests concern both physical and mental health and encompass theoretical as well as empirical research.

Coordinator: Jonathan Gabe, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK,

Co-coordinator: Angela Genova, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy,

Board members:

  • Relationship with other associations and RN: Karen Lowton and Arianna Radin
  • Treasures – fund raiser: Arianna Radin
  • Newsletter: Pietro Paolo Guzzo, Raphaël Hammer and Elena Spina
  • PhD activities: Martina Štípková
  • e-mailing lists coordinator: Elena Spina (

The RN16 mailing list is free to join, go to ESA-MEDSOC@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

There you can find past messages and post a message of your own.

RN17 - Work, Employment and Industrial Relations

Coordinator: Bernd Brandl, Durham University, Durham, UK,

Co-coordinator: Valeria Pulignano, University of Leuven, Belgium,

Board members:

  • Mirella Baglioni
  • Valeriu Frunzaru
  • Richard Hyman
  • Joanna Karmowska
  • Peter Kerckhofs
  • Alex Lehr
  • Ylva Ulfsdotter Eriksson
  • James Wickham

Outgoing board members:

  • Catherine Casey
  • Isabel da Costa

RN18 - Sociology of Communications and Media Research


  • Romina Surugiu, University of Bucharest, Romania,
  • Roy Panagiotopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece,

Co-coordinator: Marisol Sandoval, City University London, UK,

Honorary chair: Peter Golding, Northumbria University, UK

Board members 2015-2017:

  • Adem Yesilyurt, Middle East Technical University/Kocaeli University, Turkey
  • Christian Fuchs, University of Westminster, UK
  • Ergin Bulut, Koc University, Turkey
  • George Pleios, University of Athens, Greece
  • Magdalena Kania Lundholm, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Paško Bilić, Institute for Development and International Relations, Croatia
  • Paulo Alves, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Peter Ludes, Jacobs University, Germany
  • Raluca Petre, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romaniao
  • Reggina Zervou, Ministry of Education, Greece
  • Sebastian Sevignani, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
  • Thomas Allmer, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Yuqi Na, University of Westminster, UK

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RN19 - Sociology of Professions


Globalisation and European integration as well as national reorganisation and an overall change in welfare state models have to a great extent changed the conditions for professions and professional work. Thus, there is vital interest for a research network in the sociology of professions on a European scale. Major aims of the network are: to provide a European forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research in the sociology of professions, to ensure an institutional context for workshops at future ESA conferences and for meetings between ESA conferences, to encourage and organise international research projects. An inaugural meeting was held at the fourth ESA conference, August 1999. For further information on the following meetings and activities, please find below the reports and the newsletters that are distributed electronically twice a year.

Coordinator: Teresa Carvalho, University of Aveiro and Cipes, Portugal,

Co-coordinator: Christiane Schnell, Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany,

Board Members:

  • Treasurer, Secretary and Newsletter Editor: Helena Hirvonen, University of Eastern Finland
  • Ph.D. Candidate Representative: Taru Siekkinen, Finnish Institute for Educational Research / University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Additional board members:

  • Roman Abramov, National Research University / Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Associate members:

  • Ellen Kuhlmann, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany (honorary member, and President of ISA RC52 “Professions”)
  • Julia Evetts, University of Nottingham, UK (honorary member)

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RN20 - Qualitative Methods

Coordinator: Gerben Moerman, Amsterdam, Netherlands,

Co-coordinator: Lukas Marciniak,

Board 2015-2017:

  • Tea Torbenfeldt Bengtsson
  • Florian Elliker
  • Ulrike Tikvah Kissmann
  • Izabela Wagner

Senior Board Members:

  • Paul Atkinson
  • Marie Buscatto
  • Jan Coetzee
  • Thomas Eberle
  • Uwe Flick
  • Giampietro Gobo
  • Jaber F Gubrium
  • Christian Heath
  • Katarina Jacobsson
  • Krzysztof Konecki
  • Ross Koppel
  • Hubert Knoblauch
  • Maggie Kusenbach
  • Christoph Maeder
  • Anssi Perakyla
  • Anne Ryen
  • Bernt Schnettler
  • David Silverman
  • Miguel Valle
  • Shalva Weil
  • Ruth Wodak

RN21 - Quantitative Methods


The aim of RN 21 is to encourage and enhance rigorous empirical sociological research using quantitative methods in Europe. We promote the use of all varieties of quantitative methods, including survey research, experimental methods, causal inference, simulation, statistical techniques, comparative methods, and others.

We provide a platform for discussion of new developments and core problems of quantitative research in Europe. A special focus of the network is the support of cross national collaboration of researchers, and the enhancement of comparative research by bringing together experts from different fields and countries.

The activities of the network include:

  1. The organisation of sessions at the main ESA conferences
  2. The organization of Mid-Term conferences with specific topics in quantitative research
  3. The organization of workshops for PhD Students related to statistics, methodological advances and general topics in empirical social research
  4. The establishment of a newsletter and an email discussion list.
  5. The organisation of scientific visits and collaboration between members of the network.

All those who are engaged in quantitative or mixed methods empirical research, wherever they may be working in Europe are welcome to become members of the Network.

Coordinator: Wolfgang Aschauer, University of Salzburg, Austria,

Co-coordinator: Jolanta Perek-Bialas, University of Cracow, Poland,

Board members:

  • Henning Best (Germany)
  • Valentina Hlebec (Slowenia)
  • Georg Müller (Switzerland)
  • Tobias Gummer (Germany)
  • Inna Deviatko (Russia)
  • Anna Domaranska (Ukraine)

Past coordinators:

Henning Best (2011-2015) and Valentina Hlebec

RN22 - Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty


Risk is pervasive. In the last 20 years the concept spread out into a huge amount of societal domains. The original focus on technical and environmental risks widened to areas as health and physical/mental illness, crime, regulation, social inequality, the media, public and social policy, life-style, globalisation and global risk as well as the management of everyday life and intimate relationships. Since the diversity of risk-domains is neither covered by technical or psychological approaches nor by the research on catastrophes a wider societal perspective on risk and uncertainty is needed.

The central aims of the SoRU research network are to establish a sustainable discourse on the sociology of risk and uncertainty in order to support and trigger new theoretical and empirical developments in (trans-) national research.

The research network goes beyond the traditional approaches on risk perception, risk communication and sociology of catastrophes with a societal perspective on risk and uncertainty referring to theoretical traditions of cultural theory (Douglas, Tulloch/Lupton), risk society and reflexive modernization (Beck, Giddens), governmentality (Foucault, Ewald), systems theory (Luhmann, Japp) and edgework (Lyng). It will initiate theoretical discussion and research in and across different approaches (as well as interdisciplinary), and will trigger and support new and recent developments in theorizing and research. Such new developments among others are:

  • Shift from doing research on ‘risk’ to ‘risk and uncertainty’ as recently expressed in the governmentality approach and the reflexive modernization perspective.
  • Broadening of the perspective from risk as rational management of uncertainty to pre-rational and non-rational strategies to manage uncertainties and mixed forms as trust, emotion, intuition etc.
  • Biographical (un-)certainty in addition to the everyday life perspective.
  • Strategies of social resilient risk governance.
  • Risk and the problems to verbalise body experiences (suffering, anxiety etc.).
  • Narrative and biographical approaches in risk research.
  • Development of cross-disciplinary links, particularly with psychology, political science and social policy
  • Comparative cross-national research on risk cultures/regimes in different societies

… and more ..

Coordinator: Aiste Balzekiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania,

Board members 2015-17:

  • Patrick Brown, University of Amsterdam (External relations/Newsletter)
  • Kayhan Delibas, Adnan Menderes University (Mid-term conference 2016)
  • Jeremy Dixon, University of Bath
  • Efim Fidyra, Emmanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
  • Bert de Graaff, Univ. of Amsterdam (Conferences)
  • Maria Grazia Galantino, Sapienza University of Rome (External relations Newsletter)
  • Kirill Gavrilov, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Gemma Mitchell, University of Leicester (Early Career)
  • Susanna Öhman, Mid Sweden University

Advisory Board 2015-17:

  • Renata Motta, Freie Universität, Berlin
  • Piotr Matczak, Adam Mickiewicz Univ.
  • Gabe Mythen, University of Liverpool
  • Anna Olofsson, Mid Sweden University
  • Jens Zinn, University of Melbourne
  • Jörgen Sparf, Mid Sweden University


If you would like to become a member of the SoRU-network, please contact the network’s coordinator:

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RN23 - Sexuality


In contrast to the long history of medical and psychological interest in sexuality, the sociological understanding of sexuality is a relatively new phenomenon, spanning a history of some 40 years. However during this time the sociology of sexuality, through both empirical research and theoretical writing, has become an important feature of academic work at both a national and international level. This work has enabled sociology to develop critical alternatives to the essentialism present in mainstream research on sexualities. Similarly, significant links have been made between sexuality and other salient social identities, for example gender, race, class and nationality. Whilst acknowledging the importance of biology, contemporary sociologists of sexuality prioritize the relationship between the individual and society to show the ways in which sexual desires, practices, identities, and attitudes are conceptualized, categorized, deployed, and ultimately regulated through the social institutions and practices of different societies. These areas, together with issues relating to the theorisation of sexuality alongside methodological developments, will form important foci for this newly re-established research network.

Our intention in re-establishing this network is to create an academic space both at Conference and at interim events for scholars working in this area to discuss current research in this area, ultimately leading to the development of new international links and research partnerships.

Coordinator: Chiara Bertone, University of Eastern Piedmont, Alessandria, Italy,

Co-coordinator: Zowie Davy, University of Lincoln, UK,

Board members:

  • Daniel Cardoso, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Portugal
  • Yvette Taylor, London South Bank University, UK

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RN24 - Science and Technology


More than in other areas, scholars in the field of science and technology studies have made multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary efforts to combine

  • theory construction on changing relations between science, technology and economic and political systems,
  • qualitative and quantitative empirical studies,
  • sociological, philosophical, anthropological, historical, psychological, economic and political science analysis,
  • science and technology policy studies, and
  • self-reflective methodological arguing.

Academic associations have evolved in the USA and Europe which reinforce this development. The field provides a stimulating and challenging environment for sociologists to bring in their disciplinary profile. In this context SSTNET offers a European platform for the sociologists to meet, exchange ideas and strengthen their specific profile for the interdisciplinary collaboration.

The network (RN24/SSTNET – Sociology of Science and Technology Network) aims at

  • providing a European forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research on all social aspects of science and technology,
  • ensuring an organizational frame for the organization of workshops at the bi-annual ESA general conferences,
  • organizing focused research meetings and conferences between the ESA conferences,
  • setting up links to other academic and professional associations in the field of science and technology studies (national, European and international),
  • facilitating research collaboration, joint research projects and publication among European scholars,
  • providing a platform for the dissemination of research reports, conference papers and conventional publications via the world wide web and electronic mail,
  • creating and maintaining a www data base of the members of the network and the network’s activities, and
  • promoting the exchange of young scholars of science and technology between European countries.

Coordinator: Harald Rohracher, Linköping University, Sweden,

Co-coordinator: Inge van der Weijden, CWTS, Leiden University, Netherlands,

Board members:

  • Aaro Tupasela, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Katarina Prpic, independent researcher (Croatia)
  • Fabienne Crettaz von Roten, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Ana Delicado, Institute of Social Sciences – ICS, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Marcela Linkova, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic)
  • Bernhard Wieser, Alpen-Adria University – AAU (Austria)
  • Heta Tarkkala (coopted PhD representative & RN24 secretary) (Finland)

Advisory Board:

  • Luísa Oliveira, independent researcher (Portugal)
  • Fred Stewart, EASST President (UK)
  • Nadia Asheulova, RC23/ISA board member (Russia)
  • Ulrich Dolata, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Michel Dubois, National Centre for Scientific Research – CNRS (France)
  • Laura Cruz-Castro, Spanish National Research Council – CSIC (Spain)

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RN25 - Social Movements


  • Katrin Uba, Uppsala University, Sweden,
  • Lorenzo Bosi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy,

Board Members:

  • Ondrej Cisar, University of Prague
  • Liana M. Daher, University of Catania
  • Priska Daphi, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
  • Estefanie Hechenberger, University of Copenhagen
  • Miko Laamanen, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki
  • Claudia Schütz, Universität Innsbruck
  • Eduardo Romanos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

RN26 - Sociology of Social Policy and Social Welfare


This network aims to provide a broad arena for the discussion and development of research on all aspects of social policy and social welfare in Europe, with a particular interest in perspectives routed in sociology and social theory. This includes both comparative research within Europe and that focusing on the supra-national and global roles of the EU. It encompasses both theoretical and practice-oriented research. Rather than focusing narrowly on public regulation and developments in the political system, the network favours work focusing on the social and cultural rationales behind the development and reproduction of institutions and organisations in the field as well as behind those actors and groups that influence the distribution of resources, status and power in society and hence individual and social welfare. Our research agenda includes the analysis of such institutions, organisations and policies throughout the enlarged Europe, and their material and symbolic impact, as well as the nature of human well-being and democratic citizenship.

Aims of the Network:

  • to provide a European level forum for the development, discussion and dissemination of research on social policy and social welfare with a focus on sociology and social theory;
  • to ensure an institutional context for the operation of workshops at future ESA conferences and for organizing/supporting research meetings between European conferences.


  • Janne Paulsen Breimo, Nord University, Bodø, Norway,
  • Ingo Bode, University of Kassel, Germany,

Board members:

  • Susanna Johansson (Sweden)
  • Giuseppe Moro (Italy)
  • Anneli Anttonen (Finland)

RN27 - Regional Network Southern European Societies


  • Luis Baptista, New University of Lisbon, Portugal,
  • Eleni Nina-Pazarzi, University of Piraeus, Greece,

Board Members:

  • Ana Romão, Portugal
  • Sylvie Mazzella, France
  • Andrea Vargiu, Italy
  • Manuel Carlos Silva, Portugal
  • Fernandez Esquinas, Spain

RN28 - Society and Sports


Involving millions of European citizens, the emotions of sport and physical activity contribute to shape interaction models, accomplish socialization processes, express local, national and transnational identities and senses of belonging.

The Research Network 28 ‘Society and Sports’ aims at encouraging and supporting research within this highly relevant field, serving as a forum for exchange, collaboration and sharing between the sociologists of sport and the experts of other sociological fields. Thus, priority is given to the cooperation with other ESA RNs – through the organization of joint activities, such as conferences, workshops and thematic meetings – as well as with other European associations and institutions involved in the promotion of the sociology of sport.

The Research Network has therefore the following aims:

  • To serve as a forum for knowledge exchange, ideas sharing and collaboration among sociologists of sport and those with overlapping interests
  • To promote the sociology of sport within national and international professional bodies
  • To encourage and support research within the sociology of sport
  • To organize and host research workshops and conferences relevant to the sociology of sport.

Members of this Research Network include both established academic specialists within the sociology of sport and academics and postgraduates who are developing an interest in this field.

Coordinator: Koen Breedveld, Mulier Institute / Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands,

Past coordinator: Nicolas Delorme, Université de Bordeaux

PHD/ECR representative: Oli Williams, Abertay University

Board members:

  • Lucie Fortié, Université Toulouse III
  • Honorata Jakubowska, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Enrico Michelini, TU Dortmund
  • Dino Numerato, Charles University
  • Alessandro Porrovecchio, University of the Littoral Opal Coast
  • Ornulf Seippel, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Davide Sterchele, Leeds Beckett University

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RN29 - Social Theory

Coordinator: Marta Soler-Gallart, University of Barcelona, Spain,

Co-coordinator: Craig Browne, University of Sydney,

Board Members 2015-2017:

  • Mikael Carleheden, University of Copenhagen
  • Sanem Güvenç, Marmara University, Istanbul
  • Benno Herzo, University of Valencia
  • Hubert Knoblauch, Technical University of Berlin

Advisory Board:

  • Gallina Tasheva, Muenster, Germany
  • Csaba Szalo, Brno, Czech Republic


RN30 - Youth & Generation


The ESA Youth and Generation research network welcomes the participation of European and international youth researchers, who examine a whole range of aspects connected to young people, from a sociological to a cultural perspective.

The Youth and Generation network was founded in Budapest in 1995, during the 2nd ESA conference, by French sociologist Jean-Charles Lagrée. Its purpose is to promote international research in the fields of sociology of youth, transdisciplinary youth studies, intergenerational issues, and to provide the main forum for sociological advancement and debate within these fields in Europe.

The Youth & Generation RN organises paper sessions at the bi-annual conferences of ESA and midterm conferences. The network has been organising midterm conferences since 2007.

Coordinator: Valentina Cuzzocrea, University of Erfurt, Germany

Co-coordinator: Sanna Aaltonen, Finnish Youth Research Society, Finland

Board members 2015-2017:

  • Mette Pless (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Nuno de Almeida Alves (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • John Goodwin (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Siyka Kovacheva (University of Plovdic, Bulgaria)
  • Jaana Lähteenmaa (Univerity of Helsinki, Finland)

RN31 - Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism

Coordinator: Karin Stoegner, University of Vienna, Austria,

Co-coordinator: Kim Robin Stoller, Free University, Germany,

Board members:

  • Christine Achinger (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Alfredo Alietti (University of Ferrara, Italy)
  • Véronique Altglas (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)
  • Sina Arnold (Humboldt University, Germany)
  • Claudine Attias-Donfut (CNRS, France)
  • Ben Gidley (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
  • Robert Fine (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Achilleas Fotakis (University of Athens, Greece)
  • David Hirsh (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
  • Günther Jikeli (Indiana University, USA)
  • Ireneusz Krzeminski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Maria José Manso Casa-Nova (University of Minho, Portugal)
  • Dario Padovan (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Christos Pallas (University of Essex, UK)
  • David Seymour (City University, UK)
  • Philip Spencer (Kingston University, UK)
  • Zbyněk Tarant (University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic)

RN32 - Political Sociology


  • Virginie Van Ingelgom, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium,
  • Ov Cristian Norocel, University of Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm University, Sweden,

Board members:

  • Tatjana Sekulic (University Milan-Bicocca, IT)
  • David Paternotte (Université libre de Bruxelles, BE)
  • Fabio de Nardis (University of Salento, IT)
  • Alison E. Woodward (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE)
  • Riikka Perälä (University of Helsinki, FI)
  • Paul Blokker (University of Trento, IT)
  • Verena Braendle (PhD Students’ representative) (University of Copenhagen, DK)


RN33 - Women’s and Gender Studies

Coordinator: Maria Carmela Agodi, University Federico II, Naples, Italy,

Co-coordinator: Michael Meuser, TU Dortmund University, Germany,

Board members:

  • Apitzsch, Ursula, Frankfurt am Main
  • Letablier, Marie-Thérèse, Paris
  • Tobio, Constanza, Madrid
  • Silius, Harriet, Abo (FI)
  • Al-Rebholz, Anil, Frankfurt am Main
  • Corradi, Consuelo, Roma
  • Delcroix, Cathérine, Paris
  • Oinas, Elina, Helsinki (FI)
  • Cindoplu, Dilek, Ankara
  • Kaya, Nilay, Ankara
  • Shalva Weil, Jerusalem
  • Antic Gaber, Milica, Ljubljani
  • Inowlocki, Lena, Frankfurt am Main
  • Ruspini, Elisabetta, Milano

RN34 - Sociology of Religion


The network contributes to a truly European discussion on the state of religion in Europe. It wants to provide a forum to the various cooperative research endeavours on the European level. It does want to do so not only on the background of the knowledge on the social situation of religion in the different and numerous Europeans societies, thus accounting for the diversity of religion in Europe.

Moreover, given the differences between the national traditions within the sociology of religion (as e.g. Italy has a different state of research than e.g. France or Germany, let alone Spain or Poland), the network wants to take into account the multiple voices of European approaches that acknowledges not only the different sociological traditions in the European societies. This seems particularly important because of both the immense variety of the religious situation in the different European countries as well as the plurality of discourses of the sociology of religion in the various European languages.

On the background of the current situation of the social study of religion, it seems of utter importance to overcome the gap between the discourses in the various fields of sociology as represented by the ESA and the specialised debate of the sociology of religion. The research network aims at establishing an intensified discussion between sociology in general, special sociologies and the sociology of religion. This goal is to be pursued by cooperating with various Research Networks in the European Sociological Association. In particular we would like to intensify:

  1. The relations between the sociology of religion and sociological theory
  2. The relations between the sociology of religion and the sociology of general culture
  3. The relation between the sociology of religion and empirical methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  4. The relation between the sociology of religion and special sociologies, such as migration, minorities, and political sociology

Coordinator: Gladys Ganiel, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK,

Co-coordinator: Roberta Ricucci,

Communication Officer: Marta Kolodziejska,

Board members:

  • Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld)
  • Christophe Monnot (Lausanne)
  • Alexandre Piettre (Paris/Lausanne)
  • Siniša Zrinšcak (Zagreb)
  • Dorota Hall (Warsaw)
  • Irene Becci (Lausanne)


RN35 - Sociology of Migration


The Research Network “Sociology of Migration” was founded in November 2010. It is open to migration researchers from inside and outside of Europe. Its aim is to cover all aspects of migration research including integration research and questions of diversity. Younger and established researchers should come together in the RN in order to have intellectually enriching debates nourishing future scholarly work.

The main purposes of the Research Network “Sociology of Migration” are:

  1. Advancing theoretical work
  2. Strengthening comparative research perspectives
  3. Furthering methodological discussions
  4. Deepening cross-disciplinary linkages

The Research Network “Sociology of Migration” started its work at the 10th ESA Conference in Geneva in 2011 with twelve sessions and its first Business Meeting. In 2012, we had our first Midterm Conference in Paris (hosted by Catherine de Wenden, Centre for International Studies and Research). At the 11th ESA Conference in Turin, we hosted 16 sessions, two joint sessions and a semi-plenary.

Our main goal at the moment is to establish a platform on which all migration scholars studying diverse aspects of this social phenomenon find an intellectual home. We are thus encouraging you to participate in this Research Network by joining us at the next Conference or via our newsletter.

Coordinator: Karin Peters, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands


  • Kenneth Horvath, University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Elise Pape, EHESS, Paris (France)

Board members:

  • Muriel Dudt, University of Strasbourg (France)
  • Beate Sokolowska, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Scientific board:

  • Berta Álvarez-Miranda (Spain)
  • Valerie Amiraux (Canada)
  • Joaquín Arango (Spain)
  • David Bartram (UK)
  • Ayse Caglar (Austria)
  • Catherine Delcroix (France)
  • Monica Serban (Romania)
  • Thomas Faist (Germany)
  • Katrine Fangen (Norway)
  • Nina Glick Schiller (UK)
  • Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Germany)
  • Marco Martiniello (Belgium)
  • Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller (F)
  • Cristiana Paladini (Italy)
  • Lucinda Platt (UK)
  • Ludger Pries (Germany)
  • Christoph Reinprecht (Austria)
  • Sergeij Ryazantsev (Russia)
  • Claire Wallace (UK)
  • Catherine de Wenden (France)
  • Andreas Wimmer (USA)
  • Nira Yuval-Davis (UK)

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RN36 - Sociology of Transformations: East and West


During 10th ESA Conference in Geneva (2011) a group of scholars and researchers has agreed to set up a new Research Network on the grounds of Research Stream 03 ‘East and West in Europe: Two Decades of Transformations’ (during earlier ESA conferences entitled ‘Enlargement of Europe’).

The RN36 has emerged from the integration of Research Stream activities and mutual efforts during previous four ESA conferences. The RN was approved by ESA ExeC in May 2012. The RN title “Sociology of transformations: East and West” was accepted by a majority of the members participating in the business meeting.

Coordinator: Elena Danilova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia,


  • Matej Makarovic, School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia,
  • Arkadiusz Peisert, University of Gdansk, Poland,

Board members:

  • Zenonas Norkus, Sociology Department, Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Triin Vihalemm, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Andrei Gheorghita, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Journalism, Public Relations, Sociology, and Psychology, Romania
  • Agnieszka Kolasa-Nowak, Institute of Sociology Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
  • Arkadiusz Peisert: Socilogy Philosophy and Journalism Institute, Gdansk Univeristy, Gdansk, Poland
  • Tadeusz Szawiel, The Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
  • Yulia Prozorova, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia

RN37 - Urban Sociology


Nowadays there is a generalized urban effect on territories, social representations and practices. Public policies work with complex urban variables. Furthermore, in the near future, 80% of population will live in urban areas. Urban Sociology is an important domain of studies inside sociology, with a strong institutionalization in several Universities, journals and even associations.

At the ESA conference in Turin (2013), the Research Stream 12 discussed Urban Sociology and Public Spaces with more than 40 oral presentations. During this conference, all participants in the RS 12 business meeting agreed that it is time for an association like ESA to have an autonomous RN on this subject.

This network is in the spirit of interdisciplinary interest with urban studies in general and other specialized fields in sociology in particular.

Coordinator: Lígia Ferro, University of Porto, Portugal,


  • Marta Smagacz-Poziemska, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland,
  • M. Victoria Gómez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain,

Board members:

  • Patrícia Pereira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Portugal
  • Juan Jose Villalon Ogayar, UNED – Spain
  • Sebastian Kurtenbach, University of Cologne, Germany

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