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Reiner Grundmann

Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Reiner Grundmann joined the University of Nottingham in September 2012 as Professor in Science and Technology Studies from Aston University where he was heading the Sociology department over many years.

Reiner received his first degree in Sociology from the Free University in Berlin and his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. He also obtained a German Habilitation from Bielefeld University. Before moving to the UK he was researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin (Germany) and at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (Cologne, Germany).

Research Summary

His main research interest is the relation between knowledge and decision making. In recent years he has been studying the public discourse on climate change where the role of scientific experts, lay… read more

Selected Publications

Reiner is one of the co-authors of The Hartwell Paper, an international report published in May 2010 which calls for a radically different approach to climate policy. For more information, visit The Hartwell Paper website.

Reiner regularly contributes on the blog KLIMAZWIEBEL on issues related to climate science and policy. This blog is unique in that its main contributors are climate scientists and social scientists who manage the blog collectively.

Current Research

His main research interest is the relation between knowledge and decision making. In recent years he has been studying the public discourse on climate change where the role of scientific experts, lay audiences, decision makers and the mass media are crucially important. As various actors frame the issue in different ways, their use of language needs to be understood. Reiner has started to conduct cross national analyses of newspaper reporting on climate change in several countries.

Reiner also researches the social, political, and cultural dimensions of climate change. This includes the ethics of climate research (as exemplified in 'climategate'), the dilemmas of scientists between advocacy and honest brokering, the role of Sociology in the climate change debate, and the relevance of STS for all of this.

You can read some of Reiner's work at Academia.edu

  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2016. The problem of expertise in knowledge societies Minerva.
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2016. Climate change as a wicked social problem Nature Geoscience.
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2016. Die allgegenwärtige Expertise. In: RUBEN PFIZENMAIER, ed., Auf dem Markt der Experten. Zwischen Überforderung und Vielfalt, Frankfurt am Main: Edition Büchergilde.
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2016. What happened to the spread of universal ideas?. In: HEBE VISSURI and MICHAEL KUHN, eds., The global social science world – under and beyond ‘Western’ universalism Stuttgart: Ibidem.
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2015. Climate Scepticism. In: Research Handbook on Climate Governance Edward Elgar Publishing. 175-187
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2015. Regarding Experts and Expertise: A Reply to Szymanski Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. 4(7), 19-22
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, SCOTT, MIKE and WANG, JIN, 2013. Energy security in the news: North/South perspectives Environmental Politics. 22(4), 571-592
  • PRINS, GWYN, CAIN, MARK, AKIMOTO, KEIGO, CALMON, PAOLO, CONSTABLE, JOHN, DEIACO, ENRICO, FLACK, MARTIN, GALIANA, ISABEL, GRUNDMANN, REINER, LAIRD, FRANK, MALONE, ELIZABETH, MATSUO, YUHJI, PITT, LAWRENCE, ROMAN, MIKAEL, SLEIGH, ANDREW, SOPINKA, AMY, STEHR, NICO, TAYLOR, MARGARET, TEZOUKA, HIROUKI and TOYODA, MASAKAZU, 2013. The vital spark: Innovating clean and and affordable energy for all London School of Economics.
  • GRUNDMANN, R., 2012. The legacy of climategate: revitalizing or undermining climate science and policy? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.
  • GRUNDMANN, R., 2012. 'Climategate' and the Scientific Ethos Science, Technology & Human Values.
  • STEHR, N. and GRUNDMANN, R., 2012. How does knowledge relate to political action? Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 25(1),
  • GRUNDMANN, R. and STEHR, N., 2012. The power of scientific knowledge: from research to public policy Cambridge University Press.
  • GRUNDMANN, R., 2012. The Climate Change Debate. In: Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 480-487
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2012. Ökologische Kommunikation. In: Luhmann-Handbuch: Leben - Werk – Wirkung Stuttgart: Verlag J.B. Metzler. (In Press.)
  • GRUNDMANN, R. and SCOTT, M., 2012. Disputed climate science in the media: do countries matter? Public Understanding of Science. n/a(n/a), n/a
  • VON STORCH, H., MEINKE, I., STEHR, N., RATTER, B., KRAUSS, W., PIELKE JR, R., GRUNDMANN, R., BECKERMANN, M. and WEISSE, R., 2011. Regional climate services illustrated with experiences from Northern Europe Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht. 34(1), 1-16
  • EASTIN, J., GRUNDMANN, R. and PRAKASH, A., 2011. The two limits debates: “Limits to Growth” and climate change Futures. 43(1), 16-26
  • GRUNDMANN, R. and STEHR, N., 2011. Die Macht der Erkenntnis Berlin: Suhrkamp.
  • STEHR, N. and GRUNDMANN, R., 2011. Experts: The knowledge and power of expertise London: Routledge.
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER, 2011. Transnational Policy Networks and the Role of Advocacy Scientists: From Ozone Layer Protection to Climate Change, in:. In: Global Activism Reader Continuum Publishers. 236-50
  • GRUNDMANN, R. and STEHR, N., 2010. Climate change: what role for sociology? A response to Constance Lever-Tracy Current Sociology. 58(6), 897-910
  • STEHR, N. and GRUNDMANN, R., 2010. Expertenwissen: Die Kultur und die Macht von Experten, Beratern und Ratgebern. Weilerswist: Velbrück.
  • GRUNDMANN, R. and KRISHNAMURTHY, R., 2010. The discourse of climate change: a corpus-based approach Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines. 4(2), 125-146
  • PRINS, G., GALIANA, I., GREEN, C., GRUNDMANN, R., KORHOLA, A., LAIRD, F., NORDHAUS, T., PIELKE JNR, R., RAYNER, S., SAREWITZ, D. and OTHERS, 2010. The Hartwell Paper: a new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009
  • GRUNDMANN, R., 2009. The role of expertise in governance processes Forest Policy and Economics. 11(5-6), 398-403
  • GRUNDMANN, REINER and SCOTT, MIKE, Disputed climate science in the media: Do countries matter? Public Understanding of Science.

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