Daniela Russ - Doctoral Researcher

Daniela Ruß

Doctoral project:
Energy as a Mode of Observation in World Politics


since 10/2017 Doctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
02/2014 - 09/2017 Research Associate at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Bonn and member of the junior research group "Discovering, Exploring, and Addressing Grand Societal Challenges" funded by the Mercator foundation. Research stays at the German Historical Institute in Moscow (2016) and at Columbia University, New York City (2016-2017)
09/2011 - 01/2014 Student Assistant, Comparative Manifesto Project (CMP), Department of Democracy and Democratization, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
02/2011 - 09/2011 Semester abroad at the University of Belgrade and internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
10/2010 - 12/2013 M.A. Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin
10/2007 - 09/2010 B.A. Social Sciences and Slavic Languages, Humboldt University Berlin

In my PhD I seek to provide a historically grounded analysis of the emergence of a global semantics of energy over the twentieth century. The focus of my research lies on the changing economic, technological and mathematical practices that allow for the experience of 'energy' in historically specific ways. More concretely, I trace the development of three measures and models of energy - the calorific value, energy balances, and energy demand forecasts.

Although my dissertation focuses on the case of energy, it reflects my broader research interest in a media-historical approach to global studies that is both grounded in theories on media and formalization, and informed by more recent developments in Science and Technology Studies and Economic Sociology.

My research is primarily based on an analysis of the reports, minutes and statistics published by the World Energy Council (WEC) since its foundation in 1923. The WEC's archive provides a unique and rarely studied source of documents, covering both evolving statistics and the discourse on energy for a period of almost one hundred years.

  • Russ, D. (2017) Making Sources of Energy: The Case of Coal (1900-1936). Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30(3), pp. 1-15.
  • Russ, D. and Schubert, J. (2015) Verwissenschaftlichung der Politik? Eine Analyse massenmedialer Darstellungskontexte politischen Entscheidens (1946 -2011). In: Lemke, M. & Wiedemann, G., eds. Text Mining in den Sozialwissenschaften. Grundlagen und Anwendungen zwischen quantitativer und qualitativer Diskursanalyse, 1st ed. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
  • Kaldewey, D., Russ, D. & Schubert, J. (2015) Following the Problems. Das Programm der Nachwuchsforschergruppe "Entdeckung, Erforschung und Bearbeitung gesellschaftlicher Großprobleme", FIW Working Paper, No. 2, Bonn: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität.
  • Russ, D. (2014) Die Entwicklung des Klimawandels als politisches Problem. Parteipositionen zum Klimawandel in den Wahlprogrammen deutscher, österreichischer und schweizerischer Parteien (1980-2013). der moderne staat, 7(2), pp. 353-373.
  • Russ, D. (2018) "The Political Institutionalization of Resource-Comparing Practices and the Emergence of a Politics of Energy Development".
    Paper presented at the "XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology." 15-12 July, Toronto.
  • Russ, D. (2018) "Electricity, the Load Factor, and the Emergence of Developable Power Systems".
    Paper presented at the "Money, Markets and Governance Workshop", 3 April, University of Chicago.
  • Russ, D. (2018) "Arming Labor with Energy: Energy Balancing and Economic Planning in the Early Soviet Union (1922-1928)".
    Paper presented at the workshop "Energy and the Left", 30-31 March, New York University.
  • Russ, D. (2018) "The Emergence of Energy as a Global Challenge: From World Power Conference to World Energy Council (1923-2014)".
    Paper presented at the workshop "The Politics of Grand Challenges", Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, 24-25 January, University of Bonn.
  • Russ, D. (2017) "Making Sources of Energy: Global Energy Balances and the Politics of Oil Substitution (1960-1970)".
    Paper presented at the international symposium "Sovereignty, Economy and the Global Histories of Natural Resources", 18-19 December University of Cambridge.



Guest lecture by Theresa Koloma Beck (Munich): "Globalisation an the Everyday. How sociologies of everyday life can contribute to globalisation research"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

Guest lecture by Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen): "Sociology of Global Inequalities"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)



09 and 10/2018:
Second workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Balance and Competition in World Politics'

Guest lecture by Dr. Benjamin Tallis (Institute of International Relations, Prague): "Identities, Borderscapes, (dis)orders: Understanding the EU's Migration and Neighbourhood Crisis"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

01 and 02/10/2018:
First workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles'

Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri "Attention please & the power of persuasion". A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equal opportunity fund.

Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)
"Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.


Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

RTG newsletter was launched
The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

New doctoral researcher joined the RTG
On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen
The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November
>We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

RTG "World Politics" officially launched
Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October
We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October
On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

The RTG is approved
We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.