Christian Greiffenhagen is a sociologist with a background in computer science concerned with developing new methodological and theoretical tools for understanding the impact of new technologies on social life, in particular, how these transform existing work and learning practices. Christian received an MSc in Mathematics and the Foundations of Computer Science and a DPhil in Social Science from the University of Oxford. Before joining CUHK he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Simon Research Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, a Research Fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham, and a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.
- Digital Sociology
- Science and Technology Studies (STS)
- Online Research Methods
- Video Analysis
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Ethnomethodology (EM)
- Conversation Analysis (CA)
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.
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 ; https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18104 *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 6004 Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Sociology
- Admissions Committee, Department of Sociology
Member of Steering Committee