Jun. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Koos

Team Leader Working Group of Corporate Social Responsibility


Since 2015 Sebastian Koos is Assistant Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Department of Politics and Public Administration. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Mannheim in 2012 with a dissertation on “Corporate and Consumer Responsibility across Europe” (awarded with the dissertation award of the Karin-Islinger Foundation). In the academic year 2015/16 he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University. Before coming to Konstanz he worked as a Postdoc Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.  His research focuses on CSR, sustainable and political consumerism, employment relations, the moral economy of capitalism, and pro-social behavior. Koos currently serves as Chair of the Economic Sociology Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

Selected Publications:

Sebastian Koos and Patrick Sachweh (2017): The moral economies of market societies: popular attitudes towards market competition, redistribution and reciprocity in comparative perspective. Socio-Economic Review, mwx045. doi: 10.1093/ser/mwx045.

Frangi, L., Koos, S. and Hadziabdic, S. (2017): In Unions We Trust! Analysing Confidence in Unions across Europe. British Journal of Industrial Relations. doi: 10.1111/bjir.12248.

Sebastian Koos, Margit Keller and Triin Vihalemm (2017): Coping with crises: Consumption and Social Resilience on Markets. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 41(4): 363-370. doi:10.1111/ijcs.12374.

Sebastian Koos (2017): Crises and Consumption. In Keller, M.; Halkier, B.; Wilska, T.; Truninger, M. Routledge Handbook on Consumption. Oxford: Routledge.

Sebastian Koos (2016): Die organisierte Vermarktlichung der Moral und die Moralisierung der Märkte. Eine vergleichende Analyse der Fair-Handelsbewegung und der Entstehung ethischen Konsums in Europa. Berliner Journal für Soziologie.

Jale Tosun, Sebastian Koos, Jennifer Shore (2016): Co-governing common goods: Interaction patterns of private and public actors. Policy and Society, 35 (1): 1-12.

Tim Bartley, Sebastian Koos, Hiram Samel, Gustavo Setrini, Nikolas Summers (2015): Looking behind the Label. Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer. Bloomington, Indiana University Press.

Sebastian Koos (2012): The institutional embeddedness of social responsibility: a multilevel analysis of smaller firms' civic engagement in Western Europe. Socio-Economic Review, 10(1): 135-162.

Sebastian Koos (2012): What drives political consumption in Europe? A multi-level analysis on individual characteristics, opportunity structures and globalization. Acta Sociologica, 55(1): 37-57.

Sebastian Koos (2011): Varieties of Environmental Labelling, Market Structures and Sustainable Consumption across Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Organizational and Market Supply Determinants of Environmental-Labelled Goods. Journal of Consumer Policy, 34(1):127-151.

 Research projects:

Our Common Future: Warum engagieren sich Menschen für Nachhaltigkeit? Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Nachhaltigkeitsengagement - damals und heute.

Die betriebliche Integration von Asylbewerbern und Flüchtlingen (The integration of refugees in companies).

Crises and Solidarities in Europe (editorship of a Special issue in European Societies).

Why do Germans help refugees?

Varieties of Gift Economies across Europe: Institutions, Organizations and the Explanations of Philanthropic Giving.

The Legitimacy of Corporations in international comparison.

 Current teaching:

POL-22280 Corporate Social Responsibility: Warum übernehmen Unternehmen gesellschaftliche Verantwortung?

POL-22500 Nachhaltig wirtschaften? Ein Forschungs- und Service Learning Seminar

 Media appearance:

Podiumsdiskussion bei "Grenzgänger Wissenschaft": "Erst der Profit und dann die Moral? Demokratie und Verantwortung in Wirtschaft und Bildung".

Zu Fairem Handel:


 Zu zivilgesellschaftlichem Engagement:


Research interests:

Corporate Social Responsibility, organizational studies, economic sociology, political/ ethical/ sustainable consumption, social movements and markets, private governance, civic engagement, Non-Profit organizations, employment relations, the moral economy of capitalism.

Curriculum Vitae

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