Professor of Sociology and University President emeritus, University of Oldenburg, Senior Research Fellow, SFB 700, Free University Berlin, Germany
Born in 1947, Michael Daxner studied in Vienna, Austria, and Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He completed his dissertation on German philosopher Ernst Bloch in Vienna in 1972. In 1974 Daxner was given a professorship in university didactics at the University of Osnabrück. He served as president of the University of Oldenburg from 1986 to 1998. Since then he has been a professor of sociology.
Alongside his academic duties, Daxner has been active politically and as an advisor. For example he was responsible for education and institutions for higher learning in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from 2000 to 2002 and has been a government advisor for the Western Balkans and Afghanistan since 2003. Since 2010 he has been a project director for security and development in Afghanistan within the Freie Universität Berlin's SFB 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood interdisciplinary research program. Daxner is also involved in other research projects that focus on the Caucasus and Central Asia.