English Site - Sebastian Büttner

Contact details

Institute of Sociology

Kochstr. 4

D-91054 Erlangen


Phone Number:  +49 9131 85-22086 Fax:  +49 9131 85-22095


sebastian [dot] buettner [at] fau [dot] de


Research interests:

  • Sociological Theory and Cultural Sociology
  • Europeanization and Transnationalization
  • Sociology of Knowledge and Knowledge Society
  • Political Sociology (esp. changing modes of political and societal government)
  • Regionalism and Regionalisation in Europe


Current research project:

EU-Professionalism. A Study on the Professionalization of EU-Expertise.

(Co-director together with Steffen Mau, Humboldt University of Berlin, within the framework of the transregional resarch group "Horizontal Europeanization", funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft from May 2012 until April 2018).


Academic Qualification:

2010: Ph.D. graduation at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), Germany

2004: Graduation in Sociology (Diplom) at the University of Bamberg (Germany), majoring in "Studies of Global and European Society"

2001 - 2002: ERASMUS stay at University of Warsaw (PL)


Academic positions:

Oct. 2004 - Mar. 2005: Research Associate of the project "Eurocap", University of Bamberg

Apr. 2005 - Sep. 2005: Teaching Assistant at the Chair of Sociology II (Prof. Münch), University of Bamberg

Oct. 2005 - Nov. 2009: Ph.D. Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) and member of the Heinrich-Böll-Research Group "Risks of Exclusion and Strategies of Inclusion in an enlarged Europe"

Apr. 2007 - Jul. 2007: Research Stay at the Institute for European Studies, Jagiellonian University of Cracow (Poland)

Dec. 2009 - Jan. 2010: Post-Doc Researcher at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences

Feb. 2010 - Mar. 2010: Researcher at the Seminar for Eastern and Central European Studies and Co-ordinator of the Bachelor's programme "Integrated European Studies" at the University of Bremen (Germany)

since April 2010: Post-Doc Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU)

from April 2016 to Sept. 2016: Deputy Professorship in Labour and Organizational Studies at the Institute of Sociology in Erlangen


Other acitivities:

since 2014 member of the steering committee of the section 'Sociology of Europe' (Sektion "Europasoziologie") of the German Sociological Association (DGS)

since 2015 member and co-organiser of the tri-national research conference "Social politics between the resilience of nation states and a new European organisation" at the Villa Vigoni (Italy), funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Villa Vigoni and Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.



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