Personal profile


Dr Frens Kroeger is a Research Fellow (permanent; ≈ U.S. Associate Research Professor) at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. Before joining the Centre, he held tenured lectureships in Surrey and Leicester. Frens holds two undergraduate and two Master's-level degrees, and a PhD from Cambridge University. He is an alumnus of Corpus Christi College Cambridge. Frens has taught at sociology departments and business schools in the UK, Germany and Switzerland, and will spend part of 2017 as a visiting professor at the University of Hiroshima, Japan. He has presented extensively at peer-reviewed international conferences, and his work has been published in some of the leading journals and handbooks in his field. As part of his new research programme, Frens has also become actively involved in business and policy consulting on issues of trust and distrust.

Vision Statement

Trust underlies absolutely everything we do. Without trust, conducting business would become cumbersome; friendships and family relations would break down; we would be unable to give ourselves into the hands of hospitals, or of the engineers who construct our cars and service the planes we fly in, and we would be suspicious of the water flowing from our taps. In short, societies fundamentally rely on trust.

Having researched trust for over a decade, my fascination with it is still growing. Lately, my work has increasingly taken an international focus, with projects in Eastern Europe, Cuba and Mongolia, among others. Informing this is an interest particularly in how people build – and lose – trust in others, and in important institutions, during significant social and economic transitions. The more unsettled we are, the more we need to rely on trust in order to organise our lives, but the more precarious and fragile it is likely to become.

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money Social Sciences
power Social Sciences
theory Social Sciences
Giddens Business & Economics
Expert system Business & Economics
business relationship Social Sciences
media Social Sciences
Economics Business & Economics

Research Output 2015 2017

FACEWORK: creating trust in systems, institutions, and organisations

Kroeger, F. 1 Mar 2017 In : Cambridge Journal of Economics. 41, 2, p. 487-514 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Expert system
Peer review

Trust, power or money: What governs business relationships?

Bachmann, R. & Kroeger, F. 11 Nov 2016 In : International Sociology. 32, 1, p. 3-20

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
business relationship
3 Citations
Open Access
Financial crisis
Peer review
Expert system
Quality control

Activities 2004 2014

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium

Kroeger, F. (Speaker)
3 Jul 20145 Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Conference

Kroeger, F. (Speaker)
4 Jul 20136 Jul 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

28th Colloquium of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)

Kroeger, F. (Speaker)
5 Jul 20127 Jul 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

The 6th EIASM Workshop on Trust within and between Organizations

Kroeger, F. (Participant)
18 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course