Research Associate, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Jim Morrow is an ethnographer and environmental sociologist. He has a Doktor der Philosophie in Soziologie from Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Bavaria. His other degrees include an MA in politics from the University of Victoria and a BA from Western Colorado University. And he received additional formation at Nottingham Trent University in England and Linnéuniversitetet in Sweden.
At the Wirth Institute, Jim is leading the Gemütlichkeit Projekt, which is an ethnographic study of the sense of togetherness in Austrian culture. The Projekt will examine the cultural meanings and practises of Gemütlichkeit, and their role in the construction of the Austrian social imaginary.
Prior to his work at the Wirth Institute, Jim was a Research Fellow at the University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre, where he directed the SSHRC-funded activating_space project.
Jim’s most recent book, Where the Everyday Begins, is a study of environment’s role in everyday life. He has published articles on Zeitdiagnose, urban planning, and cultural studies. And he has worked as a copywriter and editor.
Away from the University, Jim is an avid cross-country skier and enjoys hiking throughout Alberta.