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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Science Studies

Dr. des. Alex Fenton

Name
Dr. des. Alex Fenton
Status
research assistent
Email
alex.fenton (at) hu-berlin.de
Homepage
http://www.pressure.to/

External institution

Sitz:
Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung
Schützenstraße 6a
10117 Berlin

Phone number
(030)2061177-32
Consultation hours

Thursday 11-12 (during lecture time)

Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
Courses

Vita


Alex Fenton studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and later took a Masters in Social Research Methods at the University of Surrey. After completing his Masters, he worked as a social researcher in several UK universities, conducting projects in the field of poverty, housing and spatial analysis. From 2006 to 2011 he was Research Associate at the Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, and from 2011 to 2012 Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. In 2013 he moved to Berlin to undertake doctoral studies. In 2018 he completed his doctorate in Sociology on "Official Statistics and the Welfare State: The Production of Poverty Statistics in Britain and Germany since 1970" at Leibniz University Hannover. He has been at DZHW in Berlin since 2017 where his research concentrates on the uses of science in regulation, policy and standardisation. He is also a post-doc in the research group "Reflexive Metrics" at the Humboldt University, Berlin.

 

Research Interests


  • Regulatory science, science and public policy
  • Sociology of statistics and indicators
  • Historical sociology
  • Political sociology, the welfare state
  • Sociology of knowledge

 

Research Projects


2017-2021

 

Publications


2018

  • Fenton, A., & Haßdenteufel, S. (2018). Umkämpfte Zahlen: Armutsstatistik und Armutsberichterstattung in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1979-1988. In Fertikh, K., Wieters, H., & Zimmermann, B. (Hrsg.), Ein soziales Europa als Herausforderung: Von der Harmonisierung zur Koordination sozialpolitischer Kategorien / L’Europe sociale en question: De l’harmonisation à la coordination des catégories d’action publique. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag.
  • Fenton, A., Blind. K., & Gauch, S. (2018). The use of scientific literature in ISO standards. In Standards for a smarter future (EURAS Proceedings) (45-58). Dublin: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz.

 

Teaching


SoSe 2019
53157 Putting knowledge to work: the uses of science
WiSe 2018/19
53126 Governance by numbers

 

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