Prof. Dr.

Stefan Selke

About Stefan Selke

First, I studied Aviation and Aerospace Technology, then later sociology, philosophy, anthropology and Portuguese literature. Supported by a two-year North Rhine-Westphalian state grant for talented students, from 1999-2002 I finished my PhD in Sociology at the University of Bonn about the role of private photos in providing meaning in life.

As a project manager at the ”infas Institute for Empirical Social Science GmbH“ I conducted some 40 empirical projects (1998-2002). After some positions as academic researcher at different universities (Villingen-Schwenningen, Karlsruhe) I now hold the position of a full professor of sociology at the Furtwangen University.

I am a member of the Faculty of “Health, Safety, Society“ and currently hold the position of a research professor for “Transformative and public science”. My main interest are public dialogues, public engagement of universities and narratives in public science. 2018 I have been appointed visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield (UK).

As member of the Institute for Applied Research I regularly conduct interdisciplinary research projects, mainly in the field of digitalization (Self-Tracking, ethical frameworks etc.). Currently I manage research projects with a total funding of € 2 million. Furthermore I am involved in research about social utopia and the sociology of space exploration.

I am author of 5 books, publisher of 15 scientific anthologies and author of around 150 articles in journals. As an active public sociologist, I am a frequent guest in the media. My public appearances include contributions to 50 TV-shows, 150 radio programs, 150 newspaper interviews and essays and experiences as a science slammer, blogger, film-maker and public lecturer (300).