Alexander Dobeson studied sociology, philosophy and political sciences at the University of Bamberg (Germany) and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). He was a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago (USA), Newcastle University (UK) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). Alexander's work lies at the intersection of economic sociology, science and technology studies and cultural sociology and deals with different topics around markets, valuation and the environment. He received his PhD from Uppsala University in 2016 for an ethnography on the market for fishing quotas in the Icelandic coastal fisheries. His current research project Fields of Valuation (Swedish Research Council, Project ID: 2018-00363) investigates the socio-cultural landscapes of landed property and land markets.
Fields of interest
- Sustainability, natural resources, environmental conservation
- Culture & Economy (sociology of markets, forms of exchange, cultural economy, property rights, wealth)
- Science & Technology Studies/ Valuation Studies (resource management, environmental conservation, valuation of 'nature')
- Social theory (theories of practice, pragmatism, philosophical anthropology)
- Qualitative methods (ethnography, grounded theory, qualitative content analysis)
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