The European Sociological Association (ESA) aims to facilitate sociological research, teaching and communication on European issues, and to give sociology a voice in European affairs.

ESA is an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 1800 members. It was established in 1992, following deliberations and consultations among sociologists from a diverse range of countries.

Research networks are an essential part of the intellectual life of the ESA. They are the groups “where most of the action is”: confrontation between different approaches; comparison between societies and between national sociological traditions; continued discussion and collaboration. They organize regular meetings among their members and other interested sociologists and have a key role in preparing the program of the large bi-annual ESA conference. Research networks are focussed sufficiently to motivate people and to enable them to work effectively with each other. They meet more frequently than is possible within the framework of general conferences. These meetings tend to be smaller and more homogeneous, and thus more suited to intellectual debate and the exchange of ideas.

ESA portal


Research Network 22 (RN22)Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty.

As with other SoRU regional networks, the ESA Research Network  22 (Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty) seeks to act as conduit through which research ideas and findings are shared, theoretical concepts are challenged and discussed, and where new research initiatives are supported, facilitated and promoted.

Both at the biennial ESA conferences and at our own mid-term conferences, the network functions as a rich melting pot where different theoretical perspectives, national policy contexts, research traditions and methodological approaches meet. These environments act to challenge, refine and disseminate existing research as well as to enable new collaborations to come together. Although rooted in sociological theory and methods, the network continues to engage with, and attract, risk and uncertainty researchers across many disciplines. Through our email list we seek to keep members informed with a wide range of activities, publications and happenings across this community, in Europe and beyond.

ESA site for RN22


RN22 Board

Chair 2013-15:
Anna Olofsson – Mid-Sweden University –  [email protected]

Vice-Chair 2013-15:
Adam Burgess – University of Kent, UK – a.burge[email protected]

Board members 2013-15 (* denotes new members of the board):

Aiste Balzekiene, Kaunas University of Technology  [email protected]
Patrick Brown, University of Amsterdam [email protected]
Paolo Crivellari, [email protected]
KayhanDelibas, Adnan Menderes University  [email protected]
Jeremy Dixon, University of Bath [email protected]
Efim Fidyra, Emmanuel Kant BalticFederalUniversity [email protected]
Mitsutoshi Horii, Shumei University, Japan and Chaucer College Canterbury, [email protected]
Maria Grazia Galantino, SapienzaUniversity of Rome [email protected]
Kirill Gavrilov, RussianAcademy of Sciences  [email protected]
Sytze Kingma, [email protected]
Piotr Matczak, [email protected]
Renata Motta, FreieUniversität, Berlin [email protected]
Gemma Mitchell, University of Leicester [email protected]
Gabe Mythen, University of Liverpool [email protected]
Nathaniel O’Grady*, Southampton University
Susanna Öhman, MidSwedenUniversity [email protected]
Karen Rossignol, Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor [email protected]
Jörgen Sparf, MidSwedenUniversity [email protected]
Jens Zinn, University of Melbourne  [email protected]