Tjorven Harmsen
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Since December 2017 Tjorven Harmsen has been employed as a research associate in the IRS department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces”. She works as a doctoral student in the BMBF funded project on crisis, resilience and consultancy (‘RESKIU’).

Harmsen has studied sociology at the universities of Bremen and Jena. She is an affiliated member of the interdisciplinary “Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO)” group at the VUB in Brussels, where she focused her research on the co-production and co-construction of psychological and societal systems and, in collaboration, on possibilities of integral transcendence. Her interest for the IRS and its conceptualizations of space-time emanated from there as well as – in the context of “RESKIU” – from her recent employment as a refugee counselor with the German Red Cross. 


Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

The research project “Coping With Crises in a Resilient Manner” (RESKIU) deals with the potential for crises to provide solutions, and seeks to explore what can be done by the involved actors not only to mitigate the symptoms of crises, but also to create and use “opportunities” for structural change. The project has a duration of four years and brings together basic and applied research on crises. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Climate impacts, terror attacks, major technical accidents: Keywords like these indicate situations of fundamental threat, urgency and uncertainty with which social systems of various scales are confronted today. This is on particular display during the Covid-19 pandemic. Has the “world risk society” (Beck 2007) possibly transformed into a “world crisis society” already? more info

Selected Publications by Year

Lenartowicz, M., Weinbaum, D. R., Heylighen, F., Kingsbury, K., & Harmsen, T. (2018). The Human Takeover: A Call for a Venture Into an Existential Opportunity. Information, 9(5), [113]. DOI: 10.3390/info9050113

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Lenartowicz, M., Weinbaum, D. R., Heylighen, F., Kingsbury, K., & Harmsen, T. (2018). The Human Takeover: A Call for a Venture Into an Existential Opportunity. Information, 9(5), [113]. DOI: 10.3390/info9050113


Die Weltkrisengesellschaft

Plenum "Die Post-Corona-Gesellschaft: Begriffsproblematik und Krisensemantik" (Martina Löw & Uwe Schimank) / gemeinsamer Soziologiekongress der DGS und ÖGS

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, virtuell

Zur Eigendynamik akuter Krisen: Begriffsschärfung und Krisenanalyse

AdHoc-Gruppe "Soziologie und Krise" (Johannes Kiess, Jenny Preunkert, Martin Seeliger, Joris Steg) / gemeinsamer Soziologiekongress der DGS und ÖGS

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, virtuell

Demand for expertise in crisis: Giving advice under extra-ordinary circumstances

Emerging from Emergencies

Virtuell, Erkner, Germany

Emerging from Emergencies - Neues aus der Krise

Krisenumwelten (im Rahmen des Leibniz-Forschungsverbundes "Krisen einer globalisierten Welt")


Die unerträgliche Leere der Selbstreferenz: Verlaufsdynamiken sozialer Krisen

Soziologisches Forschungsseminar (Prof. Dr. Anna Henkel & Dr. Thorsten Benkel)

Universität Passau, digital

Soziale Kosmologien und das Veränderungspotential akuter Umweltkrisen

40. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2020


Krisen als Chance für (wissenschaftliche) Beratung?

Workshop der AG Krisenkonzepte und der Projektgruppe "Experten in Krisen" im Rahmen des Leibniz-Forschungsverbundes "Krisen einer globalisierten Welt"

Geschäftsstelle der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Berlin, Germany

Schiffsunfälle: Zwischen Operation und Konstruktion

Tagung Soziale Resilienz

Stadtbibliothek Weberbach, Trier, Germany

Kosmologische Episoden: Resilienz als Prozess der Wiedereinführung sozialer Weltkonstruktion

Forschungskolloquium Soziologische Theorie

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany

Resilient Ways of Dealing with Crises: Conceptual Thoughts and First Empirical Illustrations

Social Constructions of Resiliencies. Theoretical Reflections and Empirical Analyses.

Leibniz Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

Cosmology Episodes: Social System Dynamics Between Crisis and Resilience

Evolution, Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) Seminar Series

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brüssel, Belgium

Crisis as Social Autocatalysis: A Time-Spatial Perspective on the Emergence and Utilization of Opportunities

10th International Congress of the European Union for Systemics

Université catholique de Louvain, Brüssel, Belgium

Die Umwelt der Gesellschaft: (Resiliente) Wiedereinführungen im Krisenkontext

Soziale Resilienz

Universität Trier, Trier, Germany

Resilienter Krisenumgang: Die Rolle von Beratung bei der Schaffung und Nutzung von "Gelegenheiten" in Krisenverläufen

Workshop Experten in Krisen

Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

Reflections on the International and Transdisciplinary Conference “Emerging from Emergencies. Exploring CRISIS as a Dynamic Opportunity Structure“

Brexit, climate change, armed conflicts - are we really living in times of permanent crisis? And what does this imply for the way society should deal with crises? How can crises be used productively to learn in the long term? These questions and others were addressed at the online conference "Emerging from Emergencies". The conference opened up a perspective on a more proactive, more reflective and more open approach to crises. more info