Research Fellow

Dr Bettina Mahlert

Current Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5266
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-mail: mahlert@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Bettina Mahlert joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from March 2018 to February 2019. She conducts her research in the Research Unit 'Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation'.

Research Project at the Centre

Conditions and Pathways of Successful Cooperation: A Comparison Between Firms and (Non-)Profit Development NGOs

My research project compares cooperative processes in the economy and the development field, focusing on companies and (non-)profit development NGOs. The aim of this comparative study is to explore the mechanisms that enable donors to mobilize their resources in a way that responds to the needs and capacities of aid recipients, or that impede them from doing so.

Research Interests

  • Sociological Theory
  • World Society, Globalization, Modernity
  • Development Politics and Cooperation
  • (Global) Social Inequalities
  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Knowledge, Including Sociology of Quantification

Current Projects

  • 'Key Concepts and Policy Analysis in International Development Politics'
  • 'Lifecourse Insecurities: An International Comparison of Perception and Coping Strategies'
  • 'Inequalities in Modern (World-)Society. Theoretical Perspectives by Pierre Bourdieu, Talcott Parsons, and Niklas Luhmann'
  • 'Society and Community: Theorizing Solidarity'

Vita

prosp. 11/2018 RWTH University Aachen
Habilitation/venia legendi
Faculty of Sociology
Title: Key Concepts and Policy Analysis in International Development Politics
04/2013 Bielefeld University
Promotion (Dr. phil.)
Title of thesis: Der Sinn von Reichtum in der Gesellschaft. Globale Ungleichheit in soziologischer Perspektive (The Meaning of Richness in Society. Global Inequality in Sociological Perspective) (magna cum laude)
since 01/2013 RWTH Aachen University
Institute of Sociology
Assistant Professor
04/2007-12/2012 Bielefeld University
Faculty of Sociology
Research Assistant
04/2009-12/2012 Bielefeld University
Institute for World Society Studies
Managing Director
2007-2013 Bielefeld University
Faculty of Sociology
Research Assistant
2005-2006 University of Applied Sciences, Münster
Teaching Assignment
07/2003 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institute for Political Science
Magister Artium (master equivalent)
1997-2003 Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Institute of Sociology, Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science
Student Researcher
10/1995-07/2003 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Studies in Political Science, Sociology, Ethnology, Economics

Selected Publications

Mahlert, Bettina and Kron, Thomas (accepted for publication, exp. 2019): Kosmopolitische Ungleichheitssoziologie, special edition of Soziale Welt: 'Soziologische Phantasie und kosmopolitisches Gemeinwesen. Perspektiven einer Weiterführung der Soziologie Ulrich Becks' (ed. Markus Holzinger and Oliver Römer).

Mahlert, Bettina (forthcoming, 2018): Richness and Poverty: A Conceptual Proposal, in: Beck, Valentin, Gosepath, Stefan, Hahn, Henning, and Lepenies, Robert (ed.): Multidimensional Poverty, New York: Springer.

Mahlert, Bettina (forthcoming, 2018): Transparenzprobleme in der globalen Entwicklungspolitik in: August,  Vincent and Osrecki, Fran (ed.): Der Transparenz-Imperativ: Normen, Strukturen, Praktiken. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Mahlert, Bettina (2018): Dividing What Is Particular from What Is Universal: The Historical Trajectories of Three Development Indicators, in: Duscha, Anne; Klein-Zimmer, Kathrin; Klemm, Matthias, and Spiegel, Anna: 'Transnational Knowledge'. Focus Topic of Transnational Social Review – A Social Work Journal, Doi 10.1080/21931674.2018.1427678.

Mahlert, Bettina and Albert, Mathias (2017): Weltgesellschaft und Kommunikation, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 24 (1): 10-36, DOI: 10.5771/0946-7165-2017-1-10.

Mahlert, Bettina ; Freistein, Katja (2017): Ungleichheit in den Sustainable Development Goals: Das transformative Potential einer Idee, S. 61-80, in: Lepenies, Philip and Sondermann, Elena (ed.): Globale Politische Ziele. Bestandsaufnahme und Ausblick des Post-2015 Prozesses. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Mahlert, Bettina and Freistein, Katja (2016): The Potential for Tackling Inequality in the Sustainable Development Goals, Third World Quarterly 37 (12): 2139-2155, DOI: 0.1080/01436597.2016.1166945.

Mahlert, Bettina (2014): Soziale Ordnungsbildung durch Kollektivität: Luhmanns ‚Ebenenunterscheidung’ und die moderne Weltgesellschaft, S. 271-293 in: Heintz, Bettina and Tyrell, Hartmann (ed.): Interaktion – Organisation – Gesellschaft revisited: Anwendungen, Erweiterungen, Alternativen, special edition of the Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius.

Mahlert, Bettina (2013): Talcott Parsons: A Sociological Theory of Action Systems, S. 202-218 in: Darrell Arnold (ed.): Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Developments, London/New York: Routledge.

Mahlert, Bettina (2008): Nationalstaat und Familie. Zu den globalen Bezügen des Klassenbegriffs von Talcott Parsons, S. 89-104, in: Berger, Peter and Weiß, Anja (ed.): Transnationalisierung sozialer Ungleichheit, Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag 2008.    

Teaching Responsibilities

(Teaching Responsibilities since 2016)

Reading Courses

  • Summer 2017: Einführung in die politische Soziologie
  • Summer 2017: Reading Course, Sighard Neckel u.a. (Hrsg.): Sternstunden der Soziologie
  • Winter 2017/18: Peter L. Berger und Thomas Luckmann: Die soziale Konstruktion der gesellschaftlichen Wirklichkeit

Basic and Advanced Courses

  • Winter 2017/18: Entwicklungspolitik
  • Winter 2016/17: Die Sustainable Development Goals in neoinstitutionalistischer und postkolonialer Perspektive
  • Summer 2016: Global Governance
  • Summer 2016: Bourdieu und die neuere Soziologie der Bewertung

Tutorials and Introductury Courses

  • Summer 2016: Vorbereitungskurs: Bachelorarbeit Soziologie

Expertise and Consulting Work

Reviewer:

  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Review of Middle East Economics and Finance
  • Zeitschrift für Soziologie
  • World Development

Seminars and Conferences

Organized Workshops (2012-2018)

  • 09/2018: Notwendige Umbrüche in der soziologischen Begriffs- und Theoriebildung: Eurozentrismus und Ver-Weltgesellschaftlichung soziologischer Grundbegriffe; Panel of the Section 'Sociological Theory' at the 38th Congress of the German Sociological Association (DGS), University of Göttingen (with Bettina Heintz and Christian Meyer).
  • 10/2014: Krisenerzeugung durch Quantifizierung? Paradoxe Dynamiken numerischen Wissens. Ad-hoc-Group at 37. Congress of the German Sociological Association (DGS), University of Trier.
  • 01/2013: Global Inequality and Development. International Workshop, Bielefeld University, financed by Sonderforschungsbereich 882 'From Heterogeneities to Inequalities' and the Institute for World Society Studies (with Katja Freistein and Martin Koch)
  • 04/2012: Objektive Hermeneutik. Workshop with Ulrich Oevermann, Bielefeld University

Conference Papers and Invited Talks (Selection)

> Talks

  • Cross-Border Relations Create Emergent Orders. Links between Theories of Transnationalization and World Society Theory. Conference 'Globalization – Transnationalization – Society. An Interdisciplinary Dialogue between Theories of Society and Cross-Border Studies', Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, 02/2018 (Convenors: Anna Amelina, Manuela Boatcă, Gregor Bongaerts, Anja Weiß).
  • How Should We Talk About Poverty? Conference 'Dimensions of Poverty', Center for Advanced Studies 'Justitia Amplificata', Freie Universität Berlin, 06/2017.
  • Globale Ungleichheiten in systemtheoretischer Perspektive. Das Konzept der Klassenkarriere. Universität Konstanz, 11/2016.
  • Gegenläufige Effekte sozialer Schließung und Öffnung: Nationalstaat und globale Ungleichheit. 38. DGS-Conference, Plenum 8: 'Globale Ungleichheiten: Öffnungen und Schließungen in der Weltgesellschaft', Bamberg University, 09/2016.

> Talks with paper

  • Bewertungspraktiken im Kontext sozialer Ungleichheit: Die symbolische Konstitution von gesellschaftlichem Status. Workshop 'Soziologie der Bewertung', Bremen University, 12/2015.
  • Transparenzprobleme in der globalen Entwicklungspolitik. Workshop 'Soziologie der Transparenz', Osnabrück University, 11/2015.
  • Ungleichheitsziele in den SDGs. Eine wissenssoziologische Analyse globaler Ungleichheit im Kontext Entwicklung (with Katja Freistein). Conference of DVPW-Section for Development Theory and Development Politics, 06/2015.
  • Statistical Evaluation Between Universalism and Particularism: Development Indicators in a World Historical Perspective. Workshop 'Zur Kommunikation durch Zahlen: Vergleichsdynamiken der modernen Gesellschaft'. Bielefeld University, 01/2015.

Membership

  • German Sociological Association
  • Sections „Sociological Theory“ and „Political Sociology“ of the German Sociological Association
  • Human Development and Capability Association

Awards

Research Grants

  • 2018: Theodore van Kármán Fellowship RWTH Aachen University: Research stay at Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribero, Brazil, Research project: 'Lifecourse insecurities: An international comparison of perception and coping strategies'
  • 2004–2007: Ph.D.-scholarship German Research Foundation, Research Training Group 'World concepts and global structural patterns', Bielefeld University

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