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Julius Kob

Julius Kob
Name
Julius Kob
Title
Organisation
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Address
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
+49 (0) 172 96 33433
E-Mail
Research Interests
Social Studies of Finance, Science and technology studies, Historical sociology, Economic Sociology, ethnography, Reinsurance markets, Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) markets, Catastrophe Modelling, Risk Studies, Financial Markets, Sociology of Knowledge, infrastructure, epistemologies, Uncertainty, Climate change, Experimentation, Non-knowledge, Simulations
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/gradschool/community_and_representation/research_student_profiles/sociology/julius_kob

PhD Title

„Model-made Markets“: Reinsurance, Financial Markets and the Sociology of Catastrophe Modelling

PhD Project and Research

„Model-made Markets“: Reinsurance, Financial Markets and the Sociology of Catastrophe Modelling

My research focuses on the social and technological aspects of reinsurance and financial markets for natural catastrophe risks. The project is concerned with ethnographic and document-based research on the history of, and current developments in, commercial ‘catastrophe modelling’ and ‘Insurance Linked Securities’ (ILSs).

Supervision

Prof Donald MacKenzie

Dr Iain Hardie

Qualifications

PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh,  UK (ongoing since 2016)

MSc Economy, Risk and Society (Economic Sociology), London School of Economics and Political Science,  UK (2014)

BA Sociology (minor Psychology), Universität Hamburg, Germany (2012)

Publications & Conferences

"Catastrophe Modelling in Reinsurance and its Future in the Capital Markets". Julius Kob. April 2017. "New Directions Conference" at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.

“Chains of Value: How Intermediaries Evaluate Financial Instruments” Conference at SSPS, University of Edinburgh. Co-organiser. May 2017.

“Making a Market for Acts of God: The Practice of Risk Trading in the Global Reinsurance Industry (Book Review)”. Julius Kob. In Organization, (in print) 2017.

“Getting the Trembling Mountain to the Market: A History of Catastrophe Modelling and the Emergence of a New Disaster Risk Market”. Julius Kob. March 2015. “Financialisation of Nature” Conference at STEPS Centre & CGPE, University of Sussex, UK.

Teaching Experience

Organisational and Personnel Psychology, co-lecturing and coursework assessments; 3rd year UG seminar; summer semester 2013; University of Applied Administrative Science Hannover

Research Methods, co-lecturing and coursework assessments; 3rd year UG seminar; summer semester 2013; University of Applied Administrative Science Hannover

Statistics, co-lecturing and coursework assessments; 3rd year UG seminar; summer semester 2013; University of Applied Administrative Science Hannover

Social Theory II, tutorial, essays assessment, and marking written examinations; 2nd year UG main lecture; winter semester 2010; University of Hamburg

Social Theory I, tutorial, essays assessment, and marking written examinations; 1st year UG main lecture; winter semester 2009; University of Hamburg

Awards

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Studentship Award from the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) (2017-2019)

The University of Edinburgh Graduate School of Social and Political Science Special Award 2017 (2017-2019)

Professional Involvement

Head of Product Development (qualitative methods tools for recruiting and performance management); Referenzcheck GmbH, Hamburg (ongoing since 2016)

Management Consultant (corporate ethnographies; developing IT-based performance management systems; executive HR and organisational strategy projects); Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg (2014 – 2016)

HR and Management Consulting; Kienbaum GmbH, Hamburg (2010 – 2012)