Dr. Sebastian Starystach

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00 49 6221 54 2991
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Working and Research Focuses


Current Projects

"Security Radar", FES ROCPE Office, Vienna (since 2017)

"The Fight against Manipulation and Corruption", Volkswagen Foundation (since 2017)

"Assessment of Parental Needs for Counselling after Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease" in cooperation with Dr. Alexander Kovacevic (Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology) (since 2016)

"Risk assessment of psychosocial stress for nursing staff according to the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act" in cooperation with the Heidelberg University Hospital (since 2015)


Selected Publications (*=double-blind peer review)

2020* - mit Alexander Kovacevic, Andreas Simmelbauer, Michael Elsässer, Andreas Müller, Stefan Bär, Matthias Gorenflo: Counselling for prenatal congenital heart disease – Recommendations based on empirical assessment of counselling success. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 26 February 2020, https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2020.00026 (open access)

2020* - with Alexander Kovacevic, Stefan Bär,  Andreas Simmelbauer, Michael Elsässer, Andreas Müller, Aida Mohammadi Motlagh, Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, Eva Ostermayer, Peter Ewert, Matthias Gorenflo, Annette Wacker-Gußmann: Objective assessment of counselling for fetal heart defects: an interdisciplinary multicenter study. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9 (2), 467. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9020467 (open access)

2019* - with Stefan Baer: Hostile Takeover? Hostile Takeover? Hospital Care in Times of Commodification. In: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 71 (2), 211-235. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11577-019-00622-w

2019 - with Reinhard Krumm, Alexandra Dienes, Simon Weiß, Hans-Henning Schröder, Stefan Bär: 2019 Security Radar. Wake-up call for Europe. FES ROCPE Office, Vienna (report, open access)

2018* - with Alexander Kovacevic, Andreas Simmelbauer, Stefan Bär, Michael Elsässer, Christoph Sohn, Andreas Müller, Matthias Gorenflo: Assessment of needs for counseling after prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. A multidisciplinary approach. In: Klinische Pädiatrie, eFirst: 17. July 2018. DOI: 10.1055/a-0633-3331

2018 - with Stefan Bär: A participatory approach to prevent hospital nurses' psycho-social stress. In: Social Publishers Foundation: Practitioner Research (open access)

2018 - with Markus Pohlmann: The (Bad) Dream of Integrity and Morality – And Its Role in Companies. In: Corporate Crime Stories. HeiGOS (blog article, open acces)

2018* - with Stefan Bär, Carolin Ernst, Christina Streib: Organizational Obstructions for an Emerging Profession. An Investigation on the Occupational Self Concept of Hospital Nurses. ARBEIT 27 (3/2018), 191-212. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arbeit-2018-0017 (German, open access)

2018* - with Stefan Bär: Nursing Staffs Mental Stress in the Hospital: Effects of Status and Organizational Structures. In: Das Gesundheitswesen 80 (08-09/2018), 693-699, e-first: 15. May 2017. DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-123850 (German)

2018 - The Social Practice of Court Procedure. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-22818-7 (German, PhD Thesis)

2017* - with Stefan Bär: An Institutional Analysis Approach to Working Conditions in Hospital Nursing. Soziale Welt 68 (4), 385-403. DOI: 10.5771/0038-6073-2017-4-385 (German)


Selected Presentations

"Organizational Silence and Organizational Self-Regulation." Academy Conference: The Silence of Organizations. How Organizations cover up Wrongdoings, Acedemy of Science Heidelberg, with Kristina Höly, 09.-10. October 2019

"Framing Deviance from Rules as Individual Wrongdoing – A Collective Mindset Analysis of Compliance Officers." Corporate Crime and Illegal Party Financing in a Comparative Perspective: The Role of Regulation and Self-Regulation, Max-Weber-Institute for Sociology and Institute for Political Science Heidelberg, 19.-21. September 2019

"Organizational Deviance and Compliance", Compliance Workshop 2018, E.ON SE, Essen 28 November 2018, with Markus Pohlmann.

"Risk assessment of psychosocial stress for nursing staff according to the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act – an example of a comprehensive and participative approach in the University Clinic Heidelberg", The European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association (HOSPEEM) & European Public Service Union (EPSU); Social Partners' Conference on Occupational Safety and Health: "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body. Taking care of those who take care of us", Vilnius, with Christina Streib, 23-24 May 2018

"How to counsel parents after prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease? A multidisciplinary approach to develop a questionnaire," Annual Meeting of the Associaion for European Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology. Athens 9-12 May 2018, with Alexander Kovacevic, Alexander Simmelbauer, Stefan Bär, Michael Elsässer, Christoph Sohn, Andreas Müller, Matthias Gorenflo.

"Assessment of needs for counselling after prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease: development and evaluation of a questionnaire" E-Poster at the 50th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Paediatric Cardiology (DGPK), Leipzig, 17- 20 February 2018, with Alexander Kovacevic, Alexander Simmelbauer, Stefan Bär, Michael Elsässer, Christoph Sohn, Andreas Müller, Matthias Gorenflo.

"Professional self-concepts among German hospital nurses", Workshop: "Styles of Practice: New Perspectives on the Division of Labour in Society", Congress of the Swiss Society of Sociology (SGS) 2017, Public Good and Self Interest, University of Zurich, 21-23 June 2017.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2012
Research assistant at the Max Weber Institute of Sociology

2013 to 2017
PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Heidelberg University. "The Social Practice of Court Proceedings. A Comparative Sociological Study Using the Example of German Criminal and Civil Proceedings in Local and Regional Courts" (qualitative research design; submitted in December 2016; disputation on 16 June 2017; summa cum laude)

2014 to 2016
Guest lecturer at the Collège universitaire de Sciences Po. Nancy

2006 to 2012
Magister in Sociology, Political Science and Philosophy at the Heidelberg University and Uniwersytet Wrocławski (Master equivalent)