Associate Professor
Current Research & Teaching Interests
  • Digital Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Online Research Methods
  • Video Analysis
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Ethnomethodology (EM)
  • Conversation Analysis (CA)
Selected Research Grants

Principal Investigator, “Caring about Customers’ Experience: Analysis of the Communication between Customers and Employees”, Research sponsored by CareCapital Advisors Limited, 03/2021-12/2021.

Principal Investigator, “Financial Interactions and The Future of Money: A Video-Based Study of Mobile Payments in China”, Direct Grant for Research, CUHK, 06/2020-01/2021.

Principal Investigator, “Intimacy at a Distance: A Video-based Study of Video Calls between Migrant Workers and their Left-behind Children in China”, General Research Fund (GRF14600219), University Grants Council Hong Kong, 04/2020-03/2022.

Co-Investigator (Co-I), “Image-guided Automatic Robotic Surgery”, Theme-based Research Scheme (T42-409/18-R), University Grants Council Hong Kong, 01/2019-12/2021.

Principal Investigator, “The Practice of Peer Review in Mathematics”, General Research Fund (GRF 14600218), University Grants Council Hong Kong, 12/2018-11/2020.

Selected Publications

Gan, Y., Greiffenhagen, C., & Licoppe, C. (2020). Orchestrated openings in video calls: Getting young left-behind children to greet their migrant parents. Journal of Pragmatics, 170, 364-380.  DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2020.09.022

Edmonds, D., & Greiffenhagen, C. (2020). Configuring prospective sensations: Experimenters preparing participants for what they will feel. Symbolic Interaction, 44(1), 183-210. DOI: 10.1002/symb.485.

Gan, Y., Greiffenhagen, C., Reeves, C. (2020). Connecting distributed families: Camera work for three-party mobile video calls. In Proceedings of CHI2020. New York: ACM. DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376704 *Winner of a CHI2020 Best Paper Award.

Greiffenhagen, C., & Sharrock, W. (2019). Tensions in Garfinkel’s ethnomethodological studies of work programme discussed through Livingston’s studies of mathematics. Human Studies, 42(2), 253-279. DOI: 10.1007/s10746-019-09509-3

Didžiokaitė, G., Saukko, P., & Greiffenhagen, C. (2018). The mundane experience of everyday calorie trackers: Beyond the metaphor of Quantified Self. New Media & Society, 20(4), 1470-1487. DOI: 10.1177/1461444817698478

Brooker, P., Dutton, W., & Greiffenhagen, C. (2017). What would Wittgenstein say about social media? Qualitative Research, 17(6), 610-626. DOI: 10.1177/1468794117713058

Tyagunova, T., & Greiffenhagen, C. (2017). Closing seminars and lectures: The collaborative accomplishment of classroom management. Discourse Studies, 19(3), 314-340. DOI: 10.1177/1461445617701992

Mair, M., C. Greiffenhagen, and W. Sharrock (2016). Statistical practice: Putting society on display. Theory, Culture & Society, 33(3), 51-77. DOI: 10.1177/0263276414559058

Ivarsson, J. and C. Greiffenhagen (2015). The organization of turn-taking in poolskate sessions. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 48 (4),406-429. DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2015.1090114

Greiffenhagen, C., M. Mair, and W. Sharrock. Methodological troubles as problems and phenomena. British Journal of Sociology, 66 (3), 460-485. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12136

Reeves, S., C. Greiffenhagen, M. Flintham, S. Benford, M. Adams, J. R. Farr, and N. Tandavantij (2015). I‘d Hide You: Performing live broadcasting in public. In Proceedings of CHI2015 (pp. 2573-2582). New York: ACM. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702257 ; *Winner of a CHI2015 Honorable Mention Award.

Greiffenhagen, C. (2014). The materiality of mathematics: Presenting mathematics at the blackboard. British Journal of Sociology, 65 (3), 502-528. DOI: 10.1111/1468-4446.12037

Greiffenhagen, C. (2013). Visual grammar in practice: negotiating the arrangement of speech bubbles in storyboards. Semiotica, 195(1), 127-167. DOI:     10.1515/sem-2013-0008

Greiffenhagen, C. (2012). Making rounds: The routine work of the teacher during collaborative learning with computers. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 7(1), 11-42. DOI: 10.1007/s11412-011-9134-8

Greiffenhagen, C., Mair, M., & Sharrock, W. (2011). From methodology to methodography: A study of qualitative and quantitative reasoning in practice. Methodological Innovations, 6(3), 93-107. DOI: 10.4256/mio.2011.009

Greiffenhagen, C., & Sharrock, W. (2011). Does mathematics look certain in the front, but fallible in the back? Social Studies of Science, 41(6), 839-866.  DOI: 10.1177/0306312711424789 *Winner of 2014 Best Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis Section

Greiffenhagen, C., & Sharrock, W. (2009). Two concepts of attachment to rules. Journal of Classical Sociology, 9(4), 405-427. DOI: 10.1177/1468795X09344450


  • SOCI 2003 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 3003 Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 3235 Social Interaction and Video Analysis
  • SOCI 6004 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • SOCI 6010 Guided Studies I
  • SOCI 6020 Guided Studies II
Administrative Duties


  • Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Sociology


  • Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology


Community and Professional Service