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Sociology Research


Mareike is a cultural sociologist with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the future, cultural change, and social transformation.
She completed her PhD at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. By means of a qualitative analysis of eco-political documentary films, her thesis explores the relationship between constructions of the future and processes of subjectivation – in other words, how an engagement with the future impacts a sense of self. The project was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, UK, and the Cambridge Political Economy Society.
Prior to this, Mareike completed MPhil degrees in English and Sociology at the University of Cambridge. For her undergraduate degree, she read English, Sociology and Theology at Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has worked as a research assistant at the University of Freiburg and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory and cultural studies.
Outside the academic world, Mareike works as a facilitator and change consultant, advising both corporate clients and civil society organisations.

Research Interests

cultural sociology, futures research, change and transformation, sustainability, economic theory, posthumanism, sociology of knowledge, discourse/practice/subjectivation, popular media and culture, qualitative methods and creative approaches

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)

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