Working Groups

The department consists of four working groups and one junior research group with differing core areas in teaching and research.

Working group "Work, Welfare State, and Gender"

Over the past decades, the content, structure, and the role of paid work have undergone substantial changes, marked not only by tertiarisation, rising educational levels, increasing employment of mothers with young children,and more flexible forms of living, but also by globalization, free movement of workers and services, flexibilization of labour markets, and growing migration. While standard work arrangements and the male breadwinner household  model are on the decline, non-standard work and the pluralization of family forms  are on the rise. Read more ...
Head: Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall

Working group "Social Policy and the Life Course"

The working group investigates social policy regulations with regard to changing employment careers and life courses in Germany and in international comparison. Our research focuses on how social policies regulate atypical employment and discontinuous employment careers, on how individuals, on the level of their daily lifestyle, deal with uncertainties in their social protection, and on normative concepts of the life course inherent in social policies. Read more ...
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger

Working group "Social, Cultural and Economic Inequalities"

Our research group investigates social inequalities from a multidimensional and longitudinal perspective. In particular, we focus on distinct dimensions and processes of social inequality as well as class and milieu-specific dynamics of inequality on the societal level. Read more ...
Head: Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg

Working group "Quality of Life, Family, and Work"

Fundamental changes in both work and family domains have occurred in past decades. Family forms have become more diverse and complex. In the work domain, changes include declining employment security, uncertain social mobility, increasing flexibility in terms of how, when and where work is done, as well as blurring boundaries between work and private life. There is a widespread perception of an increased workload, intensification of work, and concern about balancing work and family life. Read more ...
Head: Prof. Dr. Sonja Drobnic