Guest professors

Prof. Halimu Suleiman Shauri

Professor Shauri 's (*1972) research focuses on Medical and Health Sociology, Livelihood, Disability Studies (Inclusion and Exclusion), Health Impact Assessment, Social Impact, Food Security and Food Market Surveys, Gender, HIV and AIDS, Conflict, Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism, Corporate Governance and Amnesty Studies.

Professor Shauri holds a PhD in Sociology from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. He studied Sociology at the University of Nairobi (M.A.) and Egerton University (B.A.). Since 2009, he has been an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chairman at the Department of Social Sciences at Pwani University in Kilifi, Kenya. He was a guest professor at the Sociology of Diversity Chair in 2014 and 2015

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Prof. Prof. Dr. Michaela Pfadenhauer

Michaela Pfadenhauer (b. 1968 in Nürnberg) is a Professor of Culture and Knowledge Sociology at Universität Wien’s Faculty of Social Sciences. From 2007 to 2014, she was a Professor of Knowledge Sociology at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) and at KIT’s House of Competence (HoC). In 2014, she was a visiting Professor at Boston University. She studied political science and sociology at universities in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Bamberg and München, before working at universities in München, Dortmund and St. Gallen. She obtained her PhD (summa cum laude) with a dissertation entitled “Professionalism: a Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Institutionalised Representations of Competence”. From the autumn of 2016, she will be Deputy Head of the Sociology Institute at the Universität Wien. She has been a board member of the Knowledge Sociology Section of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) since 2011. From 2011 to 2014, she was Germany’s national delegate for the “Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health” (ISCH) Domain Committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).   

Her current work and research interests include:

  • knowledge sociology and social constructivism
  • media-induced cultural change
  • social robotics
  • phenomenology-based ethnography.

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