Michael Baurmann studied Sociology, Philosophy and Law at the University of Frankfurt; he completed his doctorate in Sociology in 1983 and his Habilitation (post-doctoral thesis) in 1993.
From 1978 to 1997 he was a research assistant, academic assistant and academic counselor in the Law departments at the universities of Frankfurt and Mainz.
Since 1997 he has been a Professor of Sociology at the University of Düsseldorf, where he was also the Senate Chair from 2010 to 2015.
In 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at Instituto Technológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City; from 2001 to 2009 he regularly visited the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at the Australian National University in Canberra as a Fellow.
In 2006/07 he accepted a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Politics at New York University; in 2009 and 2012 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald, Germany.
In 2016 he was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm.
Since 2016 he has been the Speaker of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID).
He is a member of the advisory boards of the research network Pragmatic Solutions for the Implementation of Stress Prevention Measures in Micro and Small Enterprises (PragmatiKK), the research network NRW Digital Society, the competence network Artificial Intelligence North Rhine-Westphalia (KI.NRW) and the Media Digital State NRW.
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