Alex Fenton

Alex Fenton

Research area Research System and Science Dynamics
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Alex Fenton studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and later took a Masters in Social Research Methods at the University of Surrey. After completing his Masters, he worked as a social researcher in several UK universities, conducting projects in the field of poverty, housing and spatial analysis. From 2006 to 2011 he was Research Associate at the Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge, and from 2011 to 2012 Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. In 2013 he moved to Berlin to undertake doctoral studies. In 2018 he completed his doctorate in Sociology on "Official Statistics and the Welfare State: The Production of Poverty Statistics in Britain and Germany since 1970" at Leibniz University Hannover. He has been at DZHW in Berlin since 2017 where his research concentrates on the uses of science in regulation, policy and standardisation. He is also a post-doc in the research group "Reflexive Metrics" at the Humboldt University, Berlin.

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Indicators, Measurement and the Perfomance of Quality Assurance: “Third-Mission” Activities in the Social Sciences and Humanities (IMPaQT)
Publista: Standardisation in general, and in the context of publishing and patenting
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Umkämpfte Zahlen: Armutsstatistik und Armutsberichterstattung in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1979-1988.

Fenton, A., & Haßdenteufel, S. (2018).
Umkämpfte Zahlen: Armutsstatistik und Armutsberichterstattung in Großbritannien und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1979-1988. In K. Fertikh, H. Wieters & B. Zimmermann (Hrsg.), Ein soziales Europa als Herausforderung: Von der Harmonisierung zur Koordination sozialpolitischer Kategorien / L’Europe sociale en question: De l’harmonisation à la coordination des catégories d’action publique. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag.

The use of scientific literature in ISO standards.

Fenton, A., Blind. K., & Gauch, S. (2018).
The use of scientific literature in ISO standards. In Standards for a smarter future (EURAS Proceedings) (45-58). Dublin: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz.
Curriculum Vitae
Since 2018

Post-doc in research group "Reflexive Metrics" at the Humboldt University Berlin

Since 2017

Researcher at DZHW

2013-2018

DPhil Sociology Leibniz University Hannover. Scholarship from the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung

2011-2012

Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics.

2006-2011

Research Associate at the Centre for Housing and Planning Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

2005-2006

Independent Social Researcher, London.

2004-2005

Research Officer, Institute of Education, London.

2002-2004

MSc Social Research Methods at the University of Surrey.

1999-2002

Web and Software Developer, London.

1998-1999

Information Officer, Coin Street Community Builders, London.

1994-1998

MA(Hons) Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh.

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