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Sociology Research


Robert Dorschel is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and member of Darwin College at the University of Cambridge. He conducts research in the fields of labour, culture and social theory. His dissertation focuses on the class of digital professionals. Deploying qualitative methods, he analyses the social practices and identities of high-skilled tech workers in the European digital economy.

Robert Dorschel holds a BA from the University of Kiel and a MA from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, where he studied sociology and political science. From 2018-2019 he was a visiting graduate student at the Department of Sociology at Duke University.

Robert Dorschel has teaching experience as a tutor and lecturing undergraduate classes in sociology and polticial science. From 2017-2018 he worked as an academic assistant to Prof. Jutta Allmendinger at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).

Robert is also a co-convener of the Cambridge Technology and New Media Research Cluster and the Science and Technology Reading Group.

Research Interests

Sociology of work and labour, economic sociology, cultural sociology, sociology of knowledge, digitalisation, science and technology studies, social theory

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Dorschel, Robert (forthcoming). "A Field Theoretical Discovery of the Tourism Industry". In Pietzcker, Dominik & Vaih-Baur, Christina: Strategien und Konzepte im globalen Tourismus. Springer Verlag, Wiesbaden.

Dorschel, Robert & Allmendinger, Jutta. (2019). "Über die sozialen Fesseln unserer Sprache". In Eichinger, Ludwig & Plewnia, Albrecht: Neues vom heutigen Deutsch. Empirisch – methodisch – theoretisch. Jahrbuch des Instituts für Deutsche Sprache. De Gruyter, Berlin.

PhD Supervisor

Research Groups & Affiliations


MA and PhD scholarships from the Foundation of German Business (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft)

Job Title:
PhD Candidate, Darwin College
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