Dennis Pauschinger

EU Erasmus+ Fellow in the Joint Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology

Dennis Pauschinger is currently a EU Erasmus+ research fellow in the Joint Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology(DCGC). He develops his doctoral thesis about the global security models associated with sporting mega events. More specifically he looks at the ways in which the standardised securitisation of FIFA World Cups and Olympic Games materialised during the 2014 tournament and how they affected the local security dynamics in Rio de Janeiro. He carried out his fieldwork during a period of seven months before, during, and after the World Cup and accompanied Rio de Janeiro’s security forces and interviewed many government and police officials. 

His PhD topic results from his previous working experiences in both the social and sports sector. From 2002 to 2006 he worked in the Brazilian NGO, Associação Comunitária Monte Azul, which develops social activities in three favelas in the south zone of São Paulo. Dennis worked in the institutional development and international relations department where he coordinated the international volunteer programme.

Dennis’ expertise turned to sporting mega events in 2008 when he started working as integration officer and translator for the Hamburg football club HSV. Until 2011 he was responsible for the integration of the Brazilian and Latin American players and their families. His work was an integral part of the team-management and he advised the coaches and the board on Brazilian and intercultural issues.

Dennis studied social sciences in Hamburg and São Paulo and holds a degree in sociology. The university of Hamburg provided him with a research fellowship to prepare his PhD project for the joint doctoral programme before starting the DCGC in September 2013. The university of Kent and the university of Hamburg are his supervising institutions.

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