Martin Müller
Associate professor

University of Lausanne
Institute of geography and sustainability
Mouline - Géopolis 3514
CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone +41 21 692 3058

Research fields

What I am interested in...

The world we live in is made up of the entanglement of social and material stuff. Separate one from the other and much of what our daily life is made up of comes apart at the seams.

I pursue my interest in the social and the material through an engagement with actor-network theory (ANT) and assemblage thinking. Noting a lack of dialogue between the two approaches, I have explored the overlaps and silences.

Most of my empirical work centres on two domains:

  • planning, or rather improvising, mega-events (such as the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup), where I have coined the notion of mega-event syndrome
  • flagship cultural developments, such as large museums or concert halls

I am an omnivore in terms of methods, using both multivariate statistics and qualitative methods. That said, I have developed a particular taste for the varied flavours of ethnography.