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 Researchers at the MPI for the Study of Societies

Dr. Arjen van der Heide

Dr. Arjen van der Heide
Postdoctoral Researcher
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Paulstr. 3 | 50676 Cologne | Germany
Phone: +49 221 2767-230
Fax: +49 221 2767-555


Research Interests

Sociology of finance; public debt; sovereign bond trading; social studies of finance; insurance; knowledge practices; financial regulation; science and technology studies

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Van der Heide, Arjen, and Dominik Zelinsky. 2021. “‘Level Up Your Money Game’: An Analysis of Gamification Discourse in Financial Services.” Journal of Cultural Economy, published online February 23, 2021.  
Van der Heide, Arjen W. 2020. “Making Financial Uncertainty Count: Unit-Linked Insurance, Investment and the Individualisation of Financial Risk in British Life Insurance.” British Journal of Sociology 74 (5): 958-999.  
MacKenzie, Donald, Iain Hardie, Charlotte Rommerskirchen, and Arjen van der Heide. 2020. "Why Hasn’t High-Frequency Trading Swept the Board? Shares, Sovereign Bonds and the Politics of Market Structure." Review of International Political Economy, published online March 30, 2020.  
Van der Heide, Arjen. 2020. "Model Migration and Rough Edges: British Actuaries and the Ontologies of Modelling." Social Studies of Science 50 (1): 121-144.  
Coombs, Nathan, and Arjen van der Heide. 2020. "Financialization as Mathematization: The Calculative and Regulatory Consequences of Risk Management." In Routledge International Handbook of Financialization, edited by Philip Mader, Daniel Mertens, and Natascha van der Zwan. Abingdon: Routledge, 358-368.



2016-2019 PhD, Sociology, University of Edinburgh
2014-2016 MSc, Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Research), Maastricht University
2010-2014 BSc, Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam
2009-2014 BSc, Political Science, University of Amsterdam


Awards and Honors (Selected)

2019: Early Career Scholars Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)  
2017: Honorable Mention, Internet Thesis Prize (for master thesis, "Money Matters: Disentangling Materiality in the Social and Political Life of Bitcoin"), The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities  
2016: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Award, University of Edinburgh  
2016: Graduate School of Social and Political Science PhD Award, University of Edinburgh

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