Senior Research Assistant

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Martin Bühler is interested in a sociological perspective on the historical emergence and transformation of markets. 2017 he defended his Dissertation on the Emergence of global grain markets: “From Networks to Markets. The Emergence of a Global Grain Market, ca. 1800 – 1900” (supervised by Prof. Dr. Bettina Heintz and Prof. Boris Holzer, Ph.D.). Currently, he works on the historical emergence and convertibility of different standards.


Martin Bühler is working on a historical-sociological Ph.D.-project regarding the emergence of global markets during the 19th century. The goal is to analyze the historical prerequisites of global markets and thus contribute to a sociological reconceptualization of global markets. At the moment Martin focuses on a case study on the transformation of global wheat and cotton markets in the late 19th century. The thesis-advisors are Prof. Dr. Bettina Heintz and Prof. Boris Holzer, Ph.D. (University of Konstanz).

Research Interests

  • Historical sociology of markets
  • economic sociology
  • economic history
  • world-society research and sociological theory



Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation