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Christopher Young
Organisationseinheit Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaft
Sozialwiss. Landschaftsforschung
Adresse Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Raum Bi HV E 06
Kontakt Tel: +41 44 739 2545
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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Current position

Postdoc at WSL in the group Social Sciences in Landscape Research. Within the interdisciplinary project BetterGardens I am currently examining the effects of gardening and gardens on individuals and urban neighbourhoods in regard to well-being, social identity, social capital and the aesthetic perception of urban spaces.

Research interests

· Gardening as identity practice

· Immigration, social closure and social networks

· Crime and security production in urban spaces

· Right-wing politics and identities

· Subjectification, narrative identities

· Contemporary penality, prisons, prison staff

· Community-supported agriculture

Completed research projects

Agricultural history research on regimes of plant breeding and property rights on seeds 1950 – 2000, at the Archives of Rural History, Bern (2012-2013)

Nationwide survey of prison staff in Switzerland, at Fribourg University (2010-2014)

Evaluation of BiST, an educational pilot programme introduced in 8 Swiss prisons, at Fribourg University (2010-2011)

Online survey of intermediate academic staff in all Swiss universities (2007-2008)

Academic education

PhD thesis in sociology, University of Fribourg Switzerland, with the title „Between punitivity, precarious normality and therapeutic optimism: narrative identities of prison staff “. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. M. Budowski. (2007-2015)

M.A. in sociology, economics and art history, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Master thesis on communes in the canton of Zurich and their use of private security services (1997-2006)

Licence in sociology, University René Descartes, Paris V, France (2001-2002)