Matthias Gross

Matthias Gross is full professor in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Jena, and, by joint appointment, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, where he is also head of the department of Urban and Environmental Sociology. He has published widely in the fields of environmental sociology, ecological restoration as well as science and technology studies. His recent research focusses on the evolution of alternative energy systems, the centrality of ignorance in engineering, and experimental practices in science and society. His is author of Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design (MIT Press, 2010). In 2013 he won the Sage Prize for Innovation and Excellence of the British Sociological Association. His most recent monograph is Renewable Energies (together with R. Mautz) published by Routledge in September 2014.

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