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Dr Hauke Riesch
Deputy Head of Department / Divisional Lead / Senior Lecturer in Sociology

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I am a sociologist of science with a particular interest in science communication, risk and environmental science and interdisciplinary relations between sociology and philosophy of science.

After completing a PhD on scientists' views on philosophy of science at University College London, I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge on the public understanding of risk and energy policy, and more recently at Imperial College London on public understanding of environmental change. I have been working at Brunel since 2012.


  • BSc Physics & Philosophy (King's College London)
  • MSc Philosophy & History of Science (King's College London)
  • PhD Science & Technology Studies (University College London)


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Newest selected publications

Lewis, J., Bartlett, A., Riesch, H. and Stephens, N. (2023) 'Why we need a public understanding of social science'. Public Understanding of Science, 32 (5). pp. 658 - 672. ISSN: 0963-6625 Open Access Link

Journal article

Stephens, N., Vrikki, P., Riesch, H. and Martin, O. (2022) 'Protesting populist knowledge practices: Collective effervescence at the March for Science London'. Cultural Sociology, 16 (2). pp. 212 - 230. ISSN: 1749-9755 Open Access Link

Journal article

Riesch, H., Vrikki, P., Stephens, N., Lewis, J. and Martin, O. (2021) '“A Moment of Science, Please”: Activism, Community, and Humor at the March for Science'. Bulletin of Science Technology and Society, 41 (2-3). pp. 46 - 57. ISSN: 0270-4676 Open Access Link

Journal article

Riesch, H. (2021) 'Apocalyptic narratives: Science, risk and prophecy'. Routledge. ISSN 10: 0367275732 ISSN 13: 9780367275730


Riesch, H. (2020) 'Citizen science, environmental crisis and redemption'. Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Sociologica. pp. 127 - 138. ISSN: 2081-6642

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