Ass.-Prof. Emma Dowling, BA MSc MRes PhD
Emma Dowling

Consultation hours: Winter semester:
Tuesdays from 12 midday to 2pm
Summer semester:
Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30pm
And by appointment
(Online or in person; please always make an appointment by email via: julia.heger@univie.ac.at)

Tenure-Track Professor for the Sociology of Social Change

Working languages:
English and German

Areas of research:
Social change, feminist political economy, financialisation and society, welfare state transformation, work and emotions, participatory research methods.

Qualifications and Previous Positions

2019Habilitation in Sociology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
2017 - 2019Senior Researcher; Institute for Sociology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
2016Senior Fellow; Research Group on Postgrowth Societies, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
2012 - 2017Senior Lecturer (Sociology); Middlesex University London.
2009 - 2012Lecturer (Organisational Change); Queen Mary, University of London.
2009Certified Translator for English and German in the Social Sciences; Berlin Senate for Education, Youth and Science.
2010Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Politics; Birkbeck, University of London (Affecting Legitimation: The Productivity of Resistance in Global Neoliberal Governance)
2006Master of Research (MRes) in Social and Political Theory; Birkbeck, University of London.
2003Master of Science (MSc) in Global Ethics; University of Birmingham.
2002Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Politics with International Studies; University of Birmingham.
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Fritz, J. (Ed.), Tomaschek, N. (Ed.), Gingrich, S., Schaffartzik, A., Wukovitsch, F., Biach, A., Sailer, D., Fastenrath, S., Gogola, M., Perner, R., Dowling, E., Färber, A., Kroismayr, S., Baumfeld, L., Heintel, M., Heissl, H., Daxner, M., Schneider, U., Schmehl, S., ... Gaspar, Y. (2022). Transformationsgesellschaft: Visionen und Strategien für den sozialökologischen Wandel. (1 ed.). University - Society - Industry: Beiträge zum lebensbegleitenden Lernen und Wissenstransfer Vol. 11

Dowling, E. (2022). Platform care as care fix. In A. Strüver, & S. Bauriedl (Eds.), Platformization of Urban Life: Towards a Technocapitalist Transformation of European Cities (pp. 103-118). Transcript Verlag. https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839459645


Dowling, E. (2022). Daseinsvorsorge und Zukunftssicherung: Visionen für einen Wohlfahrtsstaat der Zukunft. In J. Fritz, & N. T. (Eds.), Transformationsgesellschaft. Strategien und Visionen für den sozialökologischen Wandel (Vol. 11, pp. 91-102). Waxmann Verlag. University - Society - Industry: Beiträge zum lebensbegleitenden Lernen und Wissenstransfer Vol. 11 https://www.waxmann.com/waxmann-buecher/?tx_p2waxmann_pi2%5Bbuchnr%5D=4401&tx_p2waxmann_pi2%5Baction%5D=show



Dowling, E., & Federici, S. (2022). Refracting the Household - For a Feminist Social Housing: Silvia Federici in Conversation with Emma Dowling. In S. Güntner, J. Hauser, J. Lehner, & C. Reinprecht (Eds.), The Social Dimension of Housing (Vol. Leipzig). Spector Books.

Dowling, E. (2022). Ways Out of the Care Crisis. In E. Degot, & D. Riff (Eds.), The Way Out Of…: The Way Out Reader (Steirischer Herbst 2021) (pp. 33-52). Hantje Cantz Verlag.


Dowling, E. (2021). Affect. In B. Skeggs, S. Farris, S. Bromberg, & A. Toscano (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Marxism Sage Publications Ltd..










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Global Housing Crisis - Local Responses? (Launch of the Research Center New Social Housing) - Respondent to keynotes

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

13 Oct 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Die Bedeutung des Care-Sektors in der Volkswirtschaft und der Alltagsökonomie

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

21 Sep 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Sorge(n)volle Zukunft? Überlegungen zur materiellen und ideellen Einbettung von Care im Zuge der Pandemie (Keynote)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

25 Jun 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Gender/Space

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

24 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Sustainable Careers as Solution to the Care Crisis?

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

11 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Care Beyond Crisis (IPW Lecture)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

3 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Considering Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

2 May 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Herzensangelegenheiten: Freiwilliges Engagement und der ambivalente Wert nicht-entfremdeter Arbeit

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

26 Apr 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Care Crisis and the Financialisation of Social Care in the UK (Webinar "Social Care in South Korea and the UK" ESRC Research Network)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

21 Apr 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Visionen für einen Wohlfahrtsstaat der Zukunft (uniMind - University Meets Industry - Lecture)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

7 Apr 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Intersections Conference 2022 "Care and Crisis: Spaces of Performances" (Keynote)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

31 Mar 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Antinomies of Care and Control (Seminar 'Who Cares?' In Contemporary Women's Writing and Film)

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

28 Mar 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Krisen und Grenzen des Kapitalismus (Tagung "Rechtsstaat unter Druck - Perspektiven in der sozialen und ökologischen Krise")

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

24 Mar 202226 Mar 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Tackling the Staffing Crisis in Health and Social Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

22 Feb 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


COVID-19 and the Financialisation of Social Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

8 Feb 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Geschlechterspezifische Aspekte der Daseinsvorsorge

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

2 Feb 2022

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


The Future of Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

3 Dec 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


The Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

11 Nov 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


The Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

31 Oct 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Fixing the Crisis? Care in the Wake of the Pandemic

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

20 Oct 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Ways Out of the Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

10 Oct 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Gemeinsam auf Distanz? Teilhabe, Care & Digitalisierung

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

30 Sep 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Refracting the Household

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

14 Sep 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Feminist Political Economy Beyond Productivism

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

1 Sep 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Aufgekündigt? Der Reproduktionsdeal und die Krise der Globalisierung

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

24 Aug 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Author Meets Critics: The Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

23 Aug 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Wie die Dynamiken der Care-Krise erklären?

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

23 Aug 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Tackling Growth Dependency in the Welfare System

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

13 Jul 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Investing in Care? Private Finance and Social Infrastructures

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

7 Jul 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Erlesenes Erforschen - Care Krise: Ursachen und Lösungen

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

30 Jun 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Covid Re-figuring Daily Life and Social Economies: A Pandemic Observatory.

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

24 Jun 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

23 Jun 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Care Municipalism: Exploring the Potentials for Addressing the Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

15 May 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


From Crisis to a New Politics of Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

13 Apr 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


The Care Crisis

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

24 Mar 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Die Care-Krise in Großbritannien

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

23 Mar 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


Couldn't Care Less - The Permanent Crisis of Care

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

11 Mar 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Care Inequalities and the Politics of Interdependence

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

10 Mar 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Science


The Care Crisis - Emma Dowling in Conversation with Helen Hester

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

9 Mar 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


7. Barbara Prammer Symposium, Wien

Emma Dowling (Speaker)

Jan 2021

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalk or oral contributionScience to Public


Department of Sociology

Rooseveltplatz 2
1090 Wien
Room: R.206

T: +43-1-4277-49203

emma.dowling@univie.ac.at