Dr. Danny Otto

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Dr. Danny Otto
Researcher

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: 0341 - 235 1739
danny.otto@ufz.de

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Research Areas

  • Perception of technologies (especially BECCS, Negative Emissions Technologies)
  • Theory and methodology in trust research
  • Factors influencing sustainability transformations (e.g. conflicts, crises, extreme events, narratives)
  • Fabrication and dissemination of scientific knowledge
  • Empirical research methods

Current projects    

BioNET – Multi-stage assessment of biobased negative emission technologies

  • Regional analyses on the feasibility of biobased NETs
  • Participatory assessment of NETs options

KAHR - Klima, Anpassung, Hochwasser, Resilienz

  • Social scientific monitoring of the reconstruction after the floods

DigiMon - Digital Monitoring of CO2 Storage Projects (ACT-EU)

  • Trust building concerning carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects
  • Development of a framework for social embeddedness of technology

Trust in Technologies for a Zero Carbon Future (Royal Academy of Engineering)

  • Relation of trust and participation
  • Technical experts' perspectives on trust and participation

Scholarships and Awards

  • Peter A. Berger Award for excellent dissertations (awarded by the section "Social Inequality" of the German Sociological Association), October 2019
  • Travel grant of the International Sociological Association for the 14th ISA International Laboratory of Ph.D. students in sociology, April 2016
  • "Deutschlandstipendium", University of Rostock, October 2011-October 2012

Publications

Mendrinos, Dimitrios/Karytsas, Spyridon/Polyzou, Olympia/Karytsas, Constantine/Nordø, Åsta Dyrnes/Midttømme, Kirsti/Otto, Danny/Gross, Matthias/Sprenkeling, Marit/Peuchen, Ruben/et al. (2022): Understanding Societal Requirements of CCS Projects: Application of the Societal Embeddedness Level Assessment Methodology in Four National Case Studies. In: Clean Technologies, 4 (4), 893–907.

Otto, Danny/Sprenkeling, Marit/Peuchen, Ruben/Nordø, Åsta Dyrnes/Mendrinos, Dimitrios/Karytsas, Spyridon/Veland, Siri/Polyzou, Olympia/Lien, Martha/Heggelund, Yngve/Gross, Matthias/Piek, Pim/Puts, Hanneke (2022): On the Organisation of Translation—An Inter- and Transdisciplinary Approach to Developing Design Options for CO2 Storage Monitoring Systems. In: Energies, 15 (15), 5678.

Otto, Danny/Pfeiffer, Maria/de Brito, Mariana Madruga/Gross, Matthias (2022): Fixed Amidst Change: 20 Years of Media Coverage on Carbon Capture and Storage in Germany. In: Sustainability, 14 (12), 7342.

Otto, Danny (2021): Ungleichheitssemantiken im Wandel Anregungen für eine Soziologiegeschichte sozialer Ungleichheit im Werk Peter A. Bergers. In: Hoffmann, Rasmus/Knabe, André/Schmitt, Christian (Hrsg.), Ungleichheit, Individualisierung, Lebenslauf. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 41–61.

Otto, Danny/Haase, Annegret (2021): How the COVID‑19 pandemic impacts social scientific research on sustainability: questions of methodology, ethics and justice: comment on Santana et al. 2021. In: Sustainability Science.

de Brito, Mariana Madruga/Otto, Danny/Kuhlicke, Christian (2021): Tracking Topics and Frames Regarding Sustainability Transformations during the Onset of the COVID-19 Crisis. In: Sustainability, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 13 (19), 11095.

Otto, Danny/Gross, Matthias (2021): Stuck on Coal and Persuasion? A Critical Review of Carbon Capture and Storage Communication. In: Energy Research & Social Science, 82, 102306.

Otto, Danny/Thoni, Terese/Wittstock, Felix/Beck, Silke (2021): Exploring Narratives on Negative Emissions Technologies in the Post-Paris Era. In: Frontiers in Climate, 3, 103.

Lehmann, Paul/de Brito, Mariana Madruga/Gawel, Erik/Groß, Matthias/Haase, Annegret/Lepenies, Robert/Otto, Danny/Schiller, Johannes/Strunz, Sebastian/Thrän, Daniela (2021): Making the COVID-19 Crisis a Real Opportunity for Environmental Sustainability. In: Sustainability Science, DOI: 10.1007/s11625-021-01003-z.

Lehmann, Paul/Beck, Silke/de Brito, Mariana Madruga/Gawel, Erik/Groß, Matthias/Haase, Annegret/Lepenies, Robert/Otto, Danny/Schiller, Johannes/Strunz, Sebastian/et al. (2021): Environmental Sustainability Post-COVID-19: Scrutinizing Popular Hypotheses from a Social Science Perspective. In: Sustainability, 13 (16), 8679.

Otto, Danny. 2020: STS goes Sociology!? Chancen und Risiken der wissenschaftssoziologischen Beforschung des eigenen Fachs. In: Wiedmann, Astrid et al. (Hrsg.): Wie Forschen mit den Science and Technology Studies. Bielefeld: Transcript, S.211-242.

Otto, Danny. 2019: Dem „Prekariat“ auf der Spur. Eine Deutungsmachtanalyse soziologischer Wissensgenerierung. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa.

Otto, Danny. 2018: Zur Fabrikation soziologischen Wissens. Untersuchungen am Beispiel einer Deutung sozialer Ungleichheit. In: Keller, Reiner/Poferl, Angelika (Hrsg.): Wissenskulturen der Soziologie. Weinheim: Beltz/Juventa, S. 138-156.

Milewski, Nadja; Otto, Danny. 2017: The presence of a third person in face-to-face interviews with immigrant descendants: Patterns, determinants, and effects. In: Bolzman, Claudio; Bernardi, Laura; LeGoff, Jean-Marie (Hrsg.): Situating children of migrants across borders and origins. A methodological overview. Springer Netherlands. S. 91-114.

Milewski, Nadja; Otto, Danny. 2017: The importance of a religious funeral ceremony among Turkish migrants and their decendants in Germany. What role do socio-demographic characteristics play? In: Hunter, Alistair/Ammann, Eva Soon (Hrsg.): Final Journeys. Migrant End-of-life Care and Rituals in Europe. London/New York: Routledge, S. 68-84. [Reprint of Journal of Intercultural Studies 37(2)].

Otto, Danny. 2016: Die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie als zeitdiagnostische Metapher. In: Junge, Matthias (Hrsg.): Metaphern soziologischer Zeitdiagnosen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, S.181-196.

Milewski, Nadja; Otto, Danny. 2016: The importance of a religious funeral ceremony among Turkish migrants and their decendants in Germany. What role do socio-demographic characteristics play? In: Journal of Intercultural Studies 37(2), S. 162-178.

Berger, Peter A.; Brumme, Robert; Cap, Clemens H.; Otto, Danny. 2014: Überwachung des digitalen Raums. Verhaltensänderung von Internetnutzern. In: Soziale Welt 65(1), S. 219-243.

Otto, Danny; Welskop, Nelly. 2014: Handlungspotentiale einer schallenden Metapher. Eine empirische Untersuchung der Metapher als Aktant. In: Junge, Matthias (Hrsg.): Methoden der Metaphernforschung und -analyse. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, S. 251-271.


Memberships

  • German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • European Sociological Association (ESA)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Society for Science and Technology Studies (GWTF)

Presentations & Organized Workshops

Otto et al. 2022: Does monitoring matter? Understanding the perception and societal requirements for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Germany, Greece, Norway and the Netherlands. EASST – European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Conference “Politics of technoscientific futures”, Madrid July 6-9, 2022.

Otto et al. 2022: How to study societal requirements for little know technologies? Insights from an international research project on the perception of carbon capture and storage in Germany, Greece, Norway and the Netherlands. 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science in Manchester, June 20-23 2022.

Otto, Danny; Pfeiffer, Maria; Madruga de Brito, Mariana; Gross, Matthias. 2022: Flashbacks and Framing Loops. 20 years of media coverage on carbon capture and storage in Germany. 3rd International Conference on Energy Research & Social Science in Manchester, June 20-23 2022.

Otto, Danny. 2022: „Dazu soll ein Dialogprozess durchgeführt werden“ – Nicht ausgetragene Konflikte um Negativemissionstechnologien und industrielle Restemissionen. "Transformations- und Nachhaltigkeitskonflikte". Frühjahrstagung der Sektion Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitssoziologie der DGS. April 2022.

Otto, Danny; Groß, Matthias. 2021: Beyond Leakage and Communication - Reconsidering Trust in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). ESA 2021 Barcelona. September 2021.

Otto, Danny; Haase, Annegret. 2021: "Quick Fixes or Fundamental Changes?" - The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Empirical Research in the Social Sciences. DGS-ÖGS Soziologiekongress 2021. August 2021.

Otto, Danny; Groß, Matthias. 2021: “Unwanted but unavoidable” - Revisiting the Perception of CCS Technology in Germany. 5th ESA Energy and Society Conference. February 2021.

Otto, Danny. 2020: Trust in Technologies for a Zero Carbon Future. UK-Germany Energy Symposium, Royal Academy of Engineering. October 2020.

Otto, Danny; de Brito, Mariana Madruga. 2020: Following the COVID-19 Discourse - Using Text Mining to Analyse the Debate on Sustainability Transformations in Times of Crisis. ECPR General Conference 2020, August 2020.

Otto, Danny. 2020: Pushed, Opposed, Cancelled!?! The Fates of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Projects across Europe. EASST/4S 2020 Prague, Locating and Timing Matters. Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds. August 2020.

Otto, Danny. 2019: Ungleichheitssemantiken im Wandel. Eine soziologiegeschichtliche Betrachtung der Bedingungen und Dynamiken soziologischer Ungleichheitsbeschreibung. Tagung der DGS-Sektion „Soziale Ungleichheit und Sozialstrukturanalyse“, „Soziale Ungleichheit, Individualisierung, Lebenslauf“. Rostock, 24.-25. October 2019.

Otto, Danny. 2019: Dem “Prekariat“ auf der Spur. Eine Deutungsmachtanalyse soziologischer Wissensgenierung. Kolloquium des Deutschen Zentrums für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW). Berlin, 08. January 2019.

Otto, Danny; Ho, Jing-Mao. 2018: „Parallels between techno scientific and social scientific knowledge production“. Session organized for RC 23 (Science and Technology Studies). 18th ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, 14.-21. July 2018.

Otto, Danny. 2018: Varieties of Plausibility? Power of Interpretation and the „Post-Fact“ Era. 18th ISA World Congress of Sociology. Toronto, 14.-21. July 2018.

Mackenthun, Gesa; Otto, Danny; Jarosch, Sabine. 2016: Organization of the symposium: Hermeneutic conflict, cultural entanglement, and social inequality. Power of interpretation in intersectional perspective. University of Rostock, 22.-24. September 2016.

Otto, Danny. 2016: Post-Crisis Utopia. Future orientation and sociological imagination. 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology. Universität Wien, 10.-14. July 2016.

Otto, Danny. 2016: On the traces of the "Precariat". Power of Interpretation exemplified by an interpretation of social inequality. ISA 14th International Laboratory for Ph.D. Students in Sociology. "Power, Violence and Justice", Birmingham, 1.-8. April 2016.

Otto, Danny. 2015: Zur Fabrikation soziologischen Wissens. Untersuchungen am Beispiel einer Deutung sozialer Ungleichheit. Workshop "Soziologie der Wissenskulturen. Zur Spezifik soziologischer Wissensproduktion". Universität Augsburg, 19./20. March 2015

Otto, Danny. 2015: Die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie als zeitdiagnostische Metapher. Workshop „Die Metaphorik soziologischer Zeitdiagnose“. Universität Rostock, 20./21. February 2015

Otto, Danny; Milewski, Nadja. 2014: Religious attitudes among Turks in Germany. The importance of a funeral ritual. IMISCOE 11th Annual Conference. Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid, 27-29. August 2014

Otto, Danny; Milewski, Nadja. 2012: Der Einfluss transnationaler Partnerschaften auf die Religiosität türkischer Migranten in Deutschland. Workshop „Paardynamiken in Zeiten gesellschaftlicher Diversität“, Universität Rostock 29./30.November 2012