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Professor Ulrich Beck is Professor for Sociology at the University of Munich, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology. He has received Honorary Doctorates from several European universities. Professor Beck is editor of Soziale Welt, editor of the Edition Second Modernity at Suhrkamp. He is founding director of the research centre at the University of Munich (in cooperation with three other universities in the area), Sonderforschungsbereich - Reflexive Modernisation financed since 1999 by the DFG (German Research Society).

Professor Beck's teaching concentrates on modernisation theory, sociology of risk, transformation of work and social inequalities. At LSE, he runs a graduate seminar on aspects of contemporary social theory for both MSc and research students.  He has just finished a book on World at Risk (climate change, terrorism, financial crisis), which summarizes his theoretical, empirical,, and political engagement in this field for many years.

His most recent research activities include a long-term empirical study of the sociological and political implications of 'reflexive modernization', which explores the complexities and uncertainties of the process of transformation from first to second modernity. Specifically he is working on unpacking cosmopolitanism for the social sciences: a research agenda.

Selected Publications

World at Risk (2008)

Cosmopolitan Europe (with E. Grande) (2007)

Cosmopolitan vision. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. (2006) ISBN 0745633986

Beck, Ulrich and Sznaider, Natan Unpacking cosmopolitanism for the social sciences. British journal of sociology, 57 (1). pp. 1-23. (2006) ISSN 0007-1315

Power in the Global Age  (2005)

How not to become a museum piece. British journal of sociology, 56 (3). pp. 335-343. (2005)  ISSN 0007-1315

Individualization, (with E. Beck-Gernsheim, 2000)

Brave New World of Work (2000)

World Risk Society (1999)

What is Globalization?(1999)

Democracy Without Enemies (1998)

The Reinvention of Politics (1996)

Ecological Politics in an Age of Risk (1995)

Ecological Enlightenment (1995)

The Normal Chaos of Love (with E. Beck-Gernsheim, 1995)

Reflexive Modernization (with A. Giddens and S. Lash, 1994)

Risk Society (1992)

Professor Beck's books have been translated into more than 30 languages. He regularly publishes essays in the major national newspapers in Europe.


Professor Ulrich Beck