Assoc. Professor Jens Zinn

Jens Zinn studied Sociology, Social Psychology and Political Science at the University of Saarland and the University of Bielefeld (Germany) where he completed his Diploma in Sociology (1994). As a researcher at the Collaborative Research Center Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course in Bremen (1995-99) he was awarded his PhD in 2000. He taught at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (2000-3) and the Technical University Munich (2001-3) and did research in the Collaborative Research Centre Reflexive Modernization in Munich (1999-02) and in the ESRC priority network Social Contexts and Responses to Risk at the University of Kent (2003-08). He joined the School as Associate Professor in Sociology in January 2009.
Jens has founded a number of international research networks on the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (SoRU) within the European Sociological Association (2005) and the International Sociological Association (2006).
Since 2005 Jens is a board member of the international journal Health, Risk & Society. Since 2010 he is Asia Pacific Editor of the journal.
In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
      
His research activities include a number of studies on people's management of risk and uncertainty during the course of their life (e.g. youth transitions into the labor market; certainty constructions in reflexive modernity; British veterans management of risk and uncertainty).
He led a collaborative research initiative 'Risk, Social Inclusion and the Life Course - A Social Policy Perspective' at the University of Melbourne and a research project 'Decision Taking in Times of Uncertainty. Towards an efficient strategy to manage risk and uncertainty in climate change adaptation' funded by the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research.
  
Recently he has won an Individual Fellowship with the EU (H2020-MSCA-IF) to conduct a two year project "Understanding the discourse-semantic shift towards risk in the UK and Germany" at the ESRC centre Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University.

Please find more information about publications and citations on Jens' Google Scholar profile.


Research interests
• Risk and Uncertainty (communication, perception, discourse, regulation, governance)
• Life Course and Biography
• Theory and conceptual research
• Long term social change
• Research Methods (methods combination in particular quali/quanti, qualitative longitudinal)
• Interdisciplinary research strategies

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Universitaet Bremen, 2000)
  • Diploma of Sociology (Universitaet Bielefeld, 1994)

2016

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2015

Journal Articles Refereed
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2014

Edited Books
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Minor Reports and Working Papers

2013

Journal Articles Refereed
Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes
  • Jens Zinn, Simon Biggs, Dina Bowman, SAWYER A, Dan Woodman 2013, 'Some useful sources', Social Policy and Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 12, issue 2.
Fully Written Paper Refereed

2012

Research Book Chapters
Fully Written Paper Refereed

2011

Book Chapters Other
Journal Articles Refereed

2010

Research Book Chapters
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2009

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Fully Written Paper Refereed

2008

Authored Research Books
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2007

Book Chapters Other
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2006

Authored Research Books
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2005

Research Book Chapters
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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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1998

Journal Articles

Member of

  • The Australian Sociological Association. Convenor of the Risk Societies thematic group (2009-2013). 2009-
  • The American Sociological Association. Member. 2013-
  • The European Sociological Association. 2005-2009 Founding member and Chair of the Research Network Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (RN22). 2003-
  • International Sociological Association. President of the Thematic Group 04 (TG04), Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (since 2006). 2000-

Awards and honours

Supervision

Available for supervision.

Supervision Statement

I am supervising PhD research in different areas with a particular focus on topics related to risk and uncertainty (eg biography/life course, governance, participation, decision making eg trust, emotion, intuition, hope, inequality, risk communication and perception, institutional/organizational risk management, responsibilization etc.).
More broadly I am interested in research related to social inequality/intersectionality, sociology of work and occupation/profession, sociology of organization/administration, discourse analysis and the media, sociology of everyday life, sociology of the life course and research that tries to better understanding long term social change.
The themes I am interested in are partly reflected in the supervisions I took on as prinicipal or co-supervisor such as:
- Julia Cook: From the Everyday to the Distant Future: Towards a Hermeneutic Relationship with the Semantics of Time.
- Danielle Nockolds: Sole parents’ experience of paid work, unpaid work and time.
- Jennifer Podesta: Shouldering the burden in 'risk society': welfare policy and children's experiences of individualization.
- Roksolana Suchowerska: Corporate reputation risk management in Australia's mining and finance sectors -- an analysis of social inclusion opportunities and outcomes from participatory Corporate Social Responsibility programs.
- Simon Lynch: Beyond call centres to community support centres: how public sector call centres bridge social networks to support social capital (completed 2016)
- Chivoin Peou: Urban Youth in Contemporary Cambodia: Social Transformation and the Self? (completed 2014),
- Christine Baker: Regulatory conflict and public safety: the case of Australian public liability insurance crisis (completed 2013)
- Patrick Brown: The Impact of Clinical Governance and the Audit Culture on Patient Trust: the opportunity cost of instrumental rationality (University of Kent, co