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Poul Poder

Poul Poder

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Sociological Theory, Sociology of emotions, Conflict and Violence, Organizational Sociology, social suffering and care, empowerment, organizational change, assessment culture, Positive Organizational Scholarship, Courage, Zygmunt Bauman and Randall Collins.

Fields of interest

Co-ordinator for the research group Knowledge, Uncertainty and Trust





General Sociology (Autunm and Spring) at department of sociology.

Teaching General Sociology at the department of Public Health.



"Extradordinary and generative processes in worklife - What can Positive Organizational Scholarship learn from worklife and organizational sociology and vice versa? (10 ECTS) (Liniefag: Organisation, Ledelse, Arbejdsmarked)



BA and master students working on a broad variety of sociological issues.

Supervising first year students of Public Health when they make their projects integrating sociology, prevention science and social epidemology

Current research

Conflict Sociology meets Sociology of Conflict" (Ole Wæver & Poul Poder) and "Developing social theory of international conflicts focusing emotional dynamics" as part of the Center for Resolution of International Conflicts.


Research project "The fight for 'Quality' in daycare institutions" together with resarcher from DPU and CASA (2008-2010.)

Developing the theory of power by reconceptualizing the category of agency through sociology of emotion theory. See for example: Ingen frihed uden magt, ingen magt uden emotionel energi. / Poder, Poul. I: Om Bauman : kritiske essays. Kbh. : Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2006. s. 177-208

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Empowerment as Interactions that Generate Self-Confidence: An Emotion-Sociological Analysis of Organizational Empowerment

    Poder, P. 2010 Emotionalizing Organizations and Organizing Emotions. Sieben, B. & Wettergren, Å. (eds.). Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 106-125 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  2. Published

    Når medarbejdere håndterer hinandens følelser: Om betydningen af kollegers ‘other emotion management' for deres identitetsarbejde

    Poder, P. 2010 In : Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv. 12, 3, p. 72-86 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Lidelse og omsorg i organisationens skygge

    Poder, P. 2013 Arbejdslivets skyggesider. Nickelsen, N. C. M. (ed.). 1. udgave ed. Århus: Klim, p. 177-196 20 p. (Moderne arbejdsliv).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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