Poul Poder

Poul Poder

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

My primary interest within research and teaching concerns sociological theory, sociology of emotions, organisational and worklife, sociology of conflict, violence and personal life (love, friendship, courage). I am a member of the research group "Culture and civil society", and for the moment I am developing a project within the new research areas called the personal life.

Research projects

  • “Violence in the street, violence of the street - street violence in a situational perspective” (5,9 million Danish kroner from Velux Foundation, 2014-2017). PI and contributing to the research which has been diseminated in for example Caring collectives and other forms of bystander helping behavior in violent situations, Current Sociology - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0011392118776365
  • Project concerning conflict, emotion and violence as part of the establishing of Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC) financed by Danish Council of Strategic Research (16 million Danish kroner, 2013-2016). Working as deputy director and research I contributed to e.g.: “Theorizing Three Basic Emotional Dynamics of Conflicts: A Situational Research Agenda”, Peace Research, 2014, 46(2), three chapters of the book Resolving International Conflict: Dynamics of Escalation, Continuation and Transformation (2019) and the chapter Systemic humiliation as daily social suffering i bogen Alleviating World Suffering: The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life (2017).


  • General sociology (Autumn and Spring).
  • Gerenal sociology - Department of Public Health.
  • The Danish Society: lecture "Denmark as the home of aesthetisation, sexualisation and gender-game"
  • Socology of love.
  • Extraordinary and generative processes in work life - What can Positive Organizational Scholarship teach organisational sociology and vice versa?
  • The sociology of Randall Collins.
  • Modern Sociological Theory (PhD course).
  • Sociology of Emotions (PhD course).


  • BA, MA and Phd. students working on a broad variety of sociological issues.
  • Supervising first year students of Public Health when they make their projects integrating sociology, prevention science and social epidemology


  • Lecturer on lecture series "Great social thinkers", "Courage in leadership" and "Greath thoughts about everydaylife"

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Caring collectives and other forms of bystander helping behavior in violent situations

    Bloch, Charlotte, Liebst, Lasse Suonperä, Poder, Poul, Maria Christiansen, J. & Heinskou, Marie Bruvik, 2018, In : Current Sociology. 66, 7, p. 1049-1069

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Når medarbejdere håndterer hinandens følelser: Om betydningen af kollegers ‘other emotion management' for deres identitetsarbejde

    Poder, Poul, 2010, In : Tidsskrift for Arbejdsliv. 12, 3, p. 72-86 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Mod til helhjertethed: Når medarbejdere rejser sig fra arbejdslivets nedture

    Poder, Poul, 2018, Den modige leder. Mellon, K. (ed.). Dafolo Forlag A/S, p. 99-114

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  4. Published

    Mod - satsninger i mange former og grader

    Poder, Poul, 2015, Hverdagslivets følelser: tilstande, relationer, kulturer. Glavind Bo, I. & Hviid Jacobsen, M. (eds.). Hans Reitzels Forlag, p. 281-302 23 p. (Sociologi; No. 7).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

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