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Sebastian Koos

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Sebastian Koos

Koos is the 2015 recipient of the CES John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship. He is Assistant Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz, Germany, and serves as an external fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, University of Mannheim, Germany. His research focuses on sustainable and political consumerism, CSR, employment relations, the moral economy of capitalism, and pro-social behavior.

At CES, he will be working on a project studying the varieties of gift economies across Europe. The project analyzes the institutional and organizational structures of giving money, time, human blood and organs in a comparative perspective.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Mannheim studying consumer and corporate responsibility across Europe. Koos serves as Chair of the Economic Sociology Research Network of the European Sociological Association based in Paris.

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Assistant Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar 2015-2016, CES, Harvard University


  • Sociology
  • Organization Studies

​Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Sociology
  • Employment Relations
  • Philanthropy
  • Political Economy

Research Topic

Varieties of Gift Economies across Europe: Institutions, Organizations and the Explanations of Philanthropic Giving