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

Consultation hours: Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm and by appointment
(Currently only online, please always make an appointment by email)

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 (venia legendi & venia docendi); Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. (Crisis of Measure? A Sociology of Affective Labour and Social Reproduction for the Critique of Political Economy)
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.

Recent Talks & Interviews

'The Future of Care: Helen Hester in Conversation with Emma Dowling', Feminist Futures Programme, Autonomy, UK, May 8th 2021: https://autonomy.work/portfolio/ffp-hester-dowlingconvo/.
'The Care Crisis and Inequality', 7th Barbara Prammer Symposium, Karl Renner Institute, Vienna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR_aOE8d5J4 [in German], February 8th 2021.
'The Care Crisis in Britain', departmental seminar series, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna. March 2021.
'The Care Crisis', Inequality Culture and Difference Seminar Series, Nottingham Trent University. March 2021.
'Care Inequalities and the Politics of Interdependence', webinar and panel discussion, Equality Studies Public Seminar, University College Dublin. March 2021.
'Platform Care as Care Fix', keynote, symposium on Platform Urbanism, University of Graz. March 2021.
'The Care Crisis and Social Inequality', Keynote, 7th Barbara Prammer Symposium, Karl Renner Institute, Vienna. January 2021.
''Why Care?' Talk given at the online research festival organised by the Studio for Experimental Design at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg in collaboration with the Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin. July 2020.
‘Taxonomies of Affect’, German Research Foundation Network for Feminist Geographies of New Materialism, Göttingen. June 2018.
‘Between Austerity and Marketisation: Volunteering and the Structural Transformation of the Welfare State', Sociology Seminar, Faculty of Socio-Economics, University of Hamburg. June 2018.
'Volunteering, Civic Participation and the Common Good', workshop series 'Communal Governance and the Future of Public Services', Ver.di (services union), Berlin, Germany. May 2018.
‘Who Cares Who Cares? Care, Crisis and Change from a Social Justice Perspective’, Austrian Anti-Poverty Network, St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria. March 2018.
‘Brexistential Crisis: Britain and the EU-Referendeum,’ Institute for Sociology, Johannes Keppler University Linz. June 2017.
'Radical Digital Citizenship’, Panel Discussion, University of Edinburgh, with Prof. Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Dr Callum McGregor (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Huw Davies (University of Oxford). May 2017.
‘Women’s Rights and Gender Equality – Trends and Changes’, International Conference ‘Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe’, organised by WIDE+ (Women in Development Europe) and the European Women’s Lobby, Brussels, Belgium, October 2016.
'In the Wake of Austerity: Social Impact Bonds and the Financialisation of the Welfare State’, Research Seminar PAIS, University of Warwick. May 2017.
‘Affective Labour in the City’, ‘Spaces in Common’ seminar series, Istanbul University Department of Anthropology in collaboration with the University of Munich and the Ariel Arts Centre Istanbul, Turkey. March 2016.
'The Financialisation of the Welfare State?’ Global Political Economy Research Seminar, Political Economy Institute, University of Manchester. February 2016.
‘What’s Love Got to Do With It? Feminist Political Economy & Crisis Capitalism’, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths University, London. January 2016.
'The Sociology of Financialisation – A Critical Approach’, Stiftung Deutsche Wirtschaft, hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE) January 2016.
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Dowling, E., Feigenbaum, A., Pell, S., & Stanley, K. (2012). Occupy London. South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(3), 608-615. https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-1596326









Hudig, K., & Dowling, E. (2010). Whatever Happened to the Counterglobalization Movement? Some Reflections on Antagonism, Vanguardism and Professionalization. In Learning From the Ground Up: Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230112650

Dowling, E. (2009). G8 Protests, Gleneagles, 2005. In The International Encylocpedia of Revolution and Protest https://doi.org/10.1002/9781405198073.wbierp0601




Dowling, E. (2006). Quality of Life: A Definition. In Encyclopedia of the Developing World Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

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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