The CSS Research Team comprises Research Fellows working on various ongoing projects at the CSS and is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann.
Stefan Kaufmann, Dr. Phil., is Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Freiburg and Research Coordinator of the Center for Security and Society. He taught at the Universities of Basel and Leipzig, was Research Fellow at the ETH Zurich and at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Bielefeld, and has held visiting professorships for cultural sociology at the University of Freiburg and for media theory at the University of Siegen. His work focuses on the sociology of security, war, technology and space. He is co-editor of the European Journal of Security Research and heads several third-party funded research projects on civil security at the CSS in Freiburg.
André Biermann is a sociologist (Dipl.-Soz.) and has been part of Stefan Kaufmann’s Research Team since November 2014 (with interruptions). Since March 2022 he has been working in the research project LegiNot, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In his current research work, he examines the discourse patterns of legitimation and critics of regulatory measures to control covid-19 (e.g. the wearing of face masks) on different levels of civil protection. Therefore, he is implementing a Sociology of Knowledge Approach to Discourse, seeking for connections to the research on legitimacy, the sociology of justification and the sociology of conflict.