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Sociology Research


Mareike is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where she specialises in cultural sociology. Her current research draws on social theories of subjectivation and future research to analyse the constitution of the future-oriented subject in contemporary eco-political documentary cinema.

She is interested in the dynamics of environmental discourse and practice as they manifest themselves in popular culture as well as everyday life.

Before completing MPhils in Criticism and Culture (English) and Modern Societies and Global Transformations (Sociology) at Cambridge, Mareike studied Theology, English and American studies and Sociology at Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has worked as a research assistant for a project on knowledge orders in 19th century popular media and has taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory and cultural studies.

In addition, Mareike is a trained systemic consultant and organisational developer who advises both corporate clients and civil society organisations.

Research Interests

Cultural sociology, future research, environmental sociology, sociology of sustainability, discourse analysis, subjects and subjectivation, social theories of practice, popular media and culture, qualitative methods


University of Cambridge, UK:

Undergraduate Course Supervision: SOC3 (Control and Resistance in Digital Societies)

University of Freiburg, Germany:

(Under)Graduate Seminar: Sustainability

(Under)Graduate Seminar: Posthumanism

Graduate Seminar: 21st Century Ethics in Future Fictions and Documentaries Undergraduate Tutorial,

Sociology: Theories of Society Undergraduate Tutorial,

English and American Studies: Introduction to Literary Studies

Grants and Projects

Zobel, M. ESRC Studentship co-funded by Pembroke College, Cambridge (2016 to 2021).

Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust (2021)

Zobel, M. German National Academic Foundation (2013-2015)

Zobel, M. Kurt Hahn Trust, Cambridge (2013-2014)

PhD Supervisor

Prof Patrick Baert (supervisor)

Dr Ella McPherson (faculty advisor)

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Pembroke College
Mareike Zobel
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