Catedrático de Sociología en la Ludwig-Maximilian Universität de Munich desde 1992
He also lectures at the London School of Economics.
He was a former member of the Future Commission in the German governments of Bavaria and Saxony. Some of his most important works translated into English are Risk Society (1992), What Is Globalization? (1999), Democracy Without Enemies (1998) and The cosmopolitan Vision (2006).