Oliver Nachtwey graduated in economics at the University of Hamburg and received his doctorate in political sociology from the University of Göttingen in 2008. He worked as a researcher at the universities of Jena, Trier and Darmstadt. He was a fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Kolleg Postwachstum in Jena and the Institute for Social Research Frankfurt.
Professor Nachtwey’s research interests are processes of social modernisation and individualisation as well as the transformation of work. His research and work also explore the development of social conflicts, political representation, protests and social movements. In his more recent work, he focuses on the social effects of digitalisation, in particular.
For his book «Die Abstiegsgesellschaft. Über das Aufbegehren in der regressiven Moderne» (English: «Germany’s hidden crises. Social decline in the heart of Europe»), Professor Nachtwey received several prizes. His book «Gekränkte Freiheit. Aspects of Libertarian Authoritarianism» (together with Carolin Amlinger, English: «Offended Freedom. Aspects of Libertarian Authoritarianism») was shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in the non-fiction category. His books and essays have been translated into numerous languages.
Since 2023, Oliver Nachtwey is also the Director of the Forum Basiliense, the newly created platform for interdisciplinary dialogue at the University of Basel ( Forum Basiliense).