Sebastian Koos, University of Mannheim

    About Sebastian

    Sebastian is assistant lecturer at the chair for macro sociology and a PhD candidate at the department of sociology at Mannheim University. He holds a Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of Mannheim with a focus on Sociology, International Relations, Quantitative Methods and Organization Studies (2006). In 2003/04 Sebastian spent a year as an exchange student at the Indiana University Sociology Department. 







    Phd Project

    The Moral Economy of Consumption in Europe. Critical Consumption in an Era of Globalization.

    Sebastian’s research focuses on the embededdness of critical consumption practices and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In his work he seeks to show how boycotts of products and the purchases of eco and fair labelled goods are triggered, structured and conditioned by the economic, cultural and political contexts of individual consumers across Europe. Furthermore he is interested in how institutions affect patterns of corporate giving and volunteering in small and medium enterprises.



    Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ebbinghaus

    Prof Dr. Jörg Rössel


    Publications and conferences



    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), pp. 127‐151.

    Koos, Sebastian (2011): Explaining Ethical Consumption Behaviour in Europe: A Comparative Analysis. In Nawojczyk, Maria. Economy in Changing Society. Consumption, Markets, Organizations and Social Policies. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Claudia Göbel & Sebastian Koos (2011): Social capital, ʹGhentʹ and workplace contexts matter: Comparing union membership in Europe.
    European Journal of Industrial Relations, 17(2), pp. 1‐18.



    (2011): “Absorbing the Market Logic. Fair Labeling and the Fair Trade Movement in Western Europe.” Präsentation auf der Konferenz der Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), 23 – 25 Juni, Madrid (Spanien).

    (2010): „Welfare Capitalism, Globalization or Social Capital? Explaining
    Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs across 17 Western European Countries.“
    Presentation at the 4th International CSR‐Conference, September 22 – 24, 2010 in

    (2009): “The Moral Economy of consumption in Europe: A Multilevel Analysis of
    Ethical Consumption Behavior in 19 European Countries.” Presentation at the
    Conference “Die Ökonomie des Konsums ‐ der Konsum in der Ökonomie” of AG
    Konsumsoziologie, DGS‐ Sektion Wirtschaftssoziologie and MPIfG. Berlin.



    sebastian.koos [at] doctoral-academy [dot] net