Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Chair of Sport Sociology

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Sebastian Braun

Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Sebastian BraunContact Details

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Sebastian Braun has been a professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Head of the Department of Sport Sociology since 2009.

He was a professor at the University of Paderborn from 2003 to 2009. Prior to this professorship, he was a research fellow in the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris as well as the University of Potsdam, where he held the position of junior team leader (2000 – 2003).

He previously worked as a Research Associate in the Commission of Inquiry on the “Future of Civic Engagement” in the German Bundestag in Berlin and at the University of Potsdam.

Sebastian Braun requiers a habilitation at the University of Potsdam in 2004. In 1999 the Free University of Berlin and the University of Nantes jointly awarded him the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Docteur en sociologie respectively under a “convention de co-tutelle de thèse”. He holds a university degree (Diplom) in Political Science and a university degree (Magister Artium) in Sports Science and Education (both Free University of Berlin), as well as a Diplôme d`Études Approfondies en Sciences Sociales (DEA, University of Nantes).

Sebastian Braun's current research priorities and publications focus on social-science analyses of sport, civic engagement and civil society, clubs and federations, integration, migration and social capital, as well as corporate citizenship and CSR. In 2001 he was presented with the “Otto Wolff von Amerongen Preis für Sportwissenschaft”, an academic award in the field of sport science.

Sebastian Braun is involved in a large number of academic research associations and centers as well as commissions, expert committees, advisory panels, boards of trustees and juries. He also serves as an expert for specialist magazines and research-funding institutions.

In his free time Sebastian Braun is a keen athlete. His sporting activities culminated in winning the U 17 German soccer championship (1988) and second place in the U 19 German soccer championship (1990) with his team Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. Today his main sporting activity is running.

HU Berlin

  • Associate Professor (secondary membership) at the Institute of Social Sciences
  • Member of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2014–present)
  • Member of the Academic Council (2012-2014, 2017–2021)
  • Chairman of the Teaching and Studies Commission at the IfS (2018-present)
  • Member of the Institute Council of the IfS (2010–present)
  • Managing Director of the IfS (2010–2012, 2013–2014)
  • Chairman of the Examination and Doctoral Student Examination Board of the IfS (2014–2016)

Research centers/institutes and scientific associations

  • Head of the Department of Integration, Sport and Football at the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at HU Berlin
  • Member of the Centre Council of the BIM at HU Berlin (2018-present)
  • Founding director of the BIM at HU Berlin (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Board of the BIM at HU Berlin (2014-2018)
  • Member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Educational Research (IZBF) at HU Berlin (2010-2015)
  • Member of the Board of the Center for Sport Science and Sport Medicine (CSSB) at HU Berlin (2010-2014)
  • Spokesman of the Sport Sociology Section at the German Society of Sport Science (dvs) (2004 – 2008)

Expert Boards / Commissions / Expert Committees

  • "Sport Development Plan" of the Federal Government - Co-Chairman of Working Group 3 "Strengthening the Social Power of Sport"
  • Sport Development Report 3.0 – Member of the Project Board
  • "Deutschland rundet auf" – Member of the expert committee
  • State Sport Federation Berlin – Member of the Scientific Committee (2013-2015, 2017-present)
  • Malteser Campus St. Maximilian Kolbe - Model project for the construction of nursing and social facilities for elderly people, especially with a migration background funded by the Federal Republic of Germany following a decision of the German Bundestag - Member of the advisory board for the project (2018-2020)
  • “Sport und Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Sportsoziologie, Sportphilosophie, Sportökonomie, Sportgeschichte” specialist magazine – member of the Scientific Board (until 2019, before Co-publisher 2009-2013)
  • Expert Group "Human Resources Development in Sport" (XG HR) – Member of the expert committee (2014-2017)
  • Federation of German Foundations – Member of the Scientific Board (2012-2019)
  • Expert commission of the German government for the development of the "First Engagement Report" – Vice Chair of the Commission (2010-2011)
  • German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, DOSB) - Member of the Sport Development Board (2010–2014)


  • "Ideen werden Wirklichkeit" by Westfalen Weser Energie
  • "Sterne des Sports" in gold (federal level) of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB)
  • German Citizen Award of the "für mich. für uns. für alle." initiative (2017)
  • Civic Trust Award of National Urban Development Policy (2013)
  • Deutscher Engagementpreis (German Engagement Award) (2010-2012)
  • EnterPREIS (an award for corporate citizenship) (2007-2009)

Further Acitivities

  • "Saarlandbotschafter" ("Saarland Ambassador")
  • Bayer Cares Foundation - Foundation Council of the Volunteer Program (2012-2017)
  • Federal Association of Living and Urban Development (Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, vhw) - Member of the Advisory Council (2010-2015)
  • National Urban Development Policy – Member of the Advisory Council (2011-2013)