Daniel Nehring’s research looks at the personal consequences of (de-)globalisation and the ever more rapid and unpredictable remaking of the social world. In this context, he currently pursues two lines of research. The first is concerned with the transnational diffusion of knowledge and, in particular, the cross-border production, circulation, and consumption of psychotherapeutic discourse. The second considers institutionally situated experiences and practices of self, belonging, and interpersonal relationships in transnational social space, with a particular interest the lives of highly-skilled migrants. Through both lines of research, Daniel hopes to contribute to sociology’s incipient ‘global turn’, while at the same time adding to sociological understandings of the changing patterns and possibilities of transnational social life.
Daniel’s scholarships is broadly international in its orientation. He has lived and worked in ten countries in Europe, the Americas, and East Asia, having most recently been Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. He has extensive research experience in East Asia (China, South Korea), Latin America (Mexico, Argentina), and the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago). For this research, Daniel has won funding from a diverse range of academic and non-academic organisations, such as the British Academy, UN Women, or the United Nations Population Fund.Daniel’s work has been widely published in journals such as the British Journal of Sociology, Sociology, International Sociology, Consumption Markets & Culture or Sociology of Health & Illness. He is also an author or editor of seven books, including his recent Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures (Routledge, 2020) and Therapeutic Worlds (Routledge, 2019; nominated for the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize (UK) 2020. He is an editor of the Routledge book series Therapeutic Cultures (click here for further information) and a founder and convenor of the international academic network Popular Psychology, Self-Help Culture and the Happiness Industry (see here). Currently, he is also an editorial board member of the journals Sociology and Sociological Research Online.