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Benjamin Hennchen


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Former PhD student and researcher in the project KERNiG (2016-2020)








Research Interests    |    Professional Experience    |     Education      |     Publications


Research Interests   


Environmental sociology with the focus on theories of social practices

Transdisciplinary research with the focus on knowledge integration and social learning

Qualitative social research

Food Waste in the Food Service Sector


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Professional Experience   




2016 - 2012

  • Doctoral researcher at the chair of Sustainability Governance
  • PhD project: „Kommunale Ernährungssysteme als Schlüssel zu einer umfassend-integrativen Nachhaltigkeits-Governance (KERNiG)“ im Teilprojekt „Ernährungssysteme als Wissens-und Praxisfelder“


10/2015 - 12/2015

  • Research assistant at the Institute for Age, Society, Participation (AGP) Freiburg


06/2014 - 02/2015

  • Student assistant at the Institute for Ethnology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Research Project: „socialSIM14“


04/2014 - 09/2014

  • Student assistant at the department for Teaching Development, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


04/2013 - 09/2013

  • Student teaching assistant (Prof. Dr. Nina Degele) at the Institute of Sociology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


09/2008 - 02/2009

  • Intern and project assistant at the Market Research Institute Marplan Field Facilities Offenbach


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08/2012 - 09/2015

M.A. Sociology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Uniwersytet Warszawski Warschau

04/2009 - 06/2012

B.A. Sociology and Political Sciences, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


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  • Hennchen, Benjamin (2021): What is enough on a plate? Professionals’ practices of providing an 'adequate portion' in the food service sector. Food and Foodways, online first. DOI: 10.1080/07409710.2021.1984610
  • Hennchen, Benjamin & Pregernig, Michael (2020): Organizing Joint Practices in Urban Food Initiatives: A Comparative Analysis of Gardening, Cooking and Eating Together. Sustainability, 12, 4457. DOI: 10.3390/su12114457
  • Hennchen, B. (2019): Knowing the kitchen: Applying practice theory to issues of food waste in the food service sector. In: Journal of Cleaner Production 225 (10), 675-683.



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