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 has been a Research Fellow under the guidance of Prof. Stefan Kaufmann since 2014. He worked as a research assistant in the project EVADEX, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany). Since March, 2017, he belongs to the research group working on the project POLINEX. His doctoral dissertation scrutinizes how actors (notably operators) comply with their task of providing security despite the everyday unrecognition of concrete threats. His primary research interests involve: sociology of knowledge and its approach to discourse (SKAD) as well as sociology of attitudes and technology.