Sebastian Braun is Professor of Sport Sociology at the Humboldt University of Berlin an the Head of the Department of “Integration, Sport and Football” at the BIM. He has been a Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2009. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a Professor at the University of Paderborn. Prior to this position he worked as a research fellow in the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation [Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG] at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) and at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris as well as at the University of Potsdam, where he held the position of junior team leader (2000-2003). Before that, he worked as a Research Associate in the Commission of Inquiry on the “Future of Civic Engagement” in the German Bundestag in Berlin as well as at the University of Potsdam.
Sebastian Braun qualified as a university lecturer at the University of Potsdam in 2004. Within the framework of a “Convention de co-tutelle de thèse”, in 1999 the Free University of Berlin and the University of Nantes jointly awarded him the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), resp. the degree of Docteur en sociologie. He has a Diploma in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Sports Science and Education (both Free University of Berlin), as well as a Diplôme d`Études Approfondies en Sciences Sociales (DEA, University of Nantes). In 2001 he was awarded the “Otto Wolff von Amerongen Preis für Sportwissenschaft”, an academic award for sports science.
Sebastian Braun's current research priorities and publications focus on civic engagement, civil society and non-profit organizations, integration, migration and social capital as well as the social commitment of companies (corporate citizenship resp. CSR). He is involved in a large number of scientific research associations and centers as well as advisory panels for policy-making, expert committees, advisory boards and boards of trustees.
In his free time, Sebastian Braun is a very active sportsman. His sporting activities culminated in the B-youth team’s victory during the German Football Championship (1988) and the German Vice-Championship of the A-youth team of Hertha 03 Berlin-Zehlendorf (1990).