Research for the Environment

Prof. Dr. Matthias Gross

Division of Social Sciences
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Working Group on Governance & Institutions
Working Group on Energy

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1746
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1746

Prof. Matthias Groß

Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß

Coming Soon:

Matthias Gross and Rüdiger Mautz (2014): Renewable Energies. London: Routledge (Key Ideas Series). Info

Gross, Matthias & Michael Stauffacher, Hrsg. (2014): Transdisciplinary Environmental Science. Special issue of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Vol. 35, No. 4. Info

Gross, Matthias (2014): Experimentelles Nichtwissen: Umweltinnovationen und die Grenzen sozial-ökologischer Resilienz. Bielefeld: Transcript. Info

Matthias Gross and Linsey McGoey, eds. (2015): Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies. London: Routledge. Info

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Alternative Energy Systems (esp. geothermal energy)
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Ignorance and the Knowledge Society
  • Real World Experiments and Environmental Innovation
  • Restoration and Contamination
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Engineering
  • Theories of Nature-Culture Relations

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2013

Full Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Jena, joint appointment with Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Head of UFZ's Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology.

04/2005 - 09/2013

Senior Researcher in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology (granted tenure in 2009), since June 2008 deputy head of the department.

04 - 09/2012

Interim professor of Economic and Environmental Sociology at Martin Luther University of Halle

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

04 - 07/2003

Guest Lecturer, Institute of Sociology, Technische Universität Karlsruhe, Germany

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

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

05 - 07/1996

Internship at the Center for Applied Social Analysis and Education (CASAE), Arcata, California, USA

04 - 09/1992

Volunteer work in environmental conservation and restoration projects, Involvement Volunteers Ass. Inc., Victoria, Australia

Curriculum Vitae: Education


Dr. rer. soc. (~ Ph.D.) 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


Vordiplom (~ B.A., but more focussed), Sociology major; psychology minor, Bielefeld University

08/1991 - 02/1992

University of Bonn, M.A. program in philosophy with minors in psychology and archaeology

Academic Services (Selection)

since 2011

Elected Chair, Environment & Society Research Network (RN12), Board member since 2009European Sociological Association (ESA)

since 2006

Chair of the section "Environmental Sociology" in the German Sociological Association (DGS)

since 2005

Co-founder and Editor of the journal Nature + Culture

2002 - 2010

Treasurer and board member of the Research Committee on "Environment and Society" (RC 24) of the International Sociological Association (ISA)


Formation of a group for Junior Scholars in Environmental Sociology (Nachwuchsgruppe Umweltsoziologie) together with Harald Heinrichs

Full Curriculum Vitae (including publications)



Renewable Energies

Forthcoming book:
Prof. Dr. Matthias Groß
& Rüdiger Mautz (2014)

book cover

Climate Adaptation Santiago

New Publication by
Dr. Kerstin Krellenberg and the CAS-Project