Working Groups

Migration and Urban Studies

Head of working group: Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio

In "Migration and Urban Studies" the influence of ethnic, cultural and religious diversity on life courses in particular and on embeddings in social networks are investigated. A further focus is placed on migrational interlacings between countries observed from a global perspective.
The empirical work is based on theories of migration, of individual and collective decision-making processes, and of integration and assimilation. Methodologically, quantitative methods such as panel and event data analysis and network analysis are primarily applied.


Qualitative Methods and Microsociology

Head of working group: Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein

The field of activity "Qualitative Methods and Microsociology" is concerned with the interrelations between networks, the life course and social inequality. We are especially interested in how the capacity of relationships and networks changes after certain status passages. Are specific situations particularly risky? Who is particularly well or badly integrated? We are interested in the causes and effects of social inequality with respect to both life courses and networks. How do interaction and practice on the micro-level contribute to producing and reproducing social inequality?


Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Social Structure

Head of working group: Prof. Dr. Johannes Huinink

In "Social Structure: Theory and Empirical Research" an initial focus lies on theoretical and empirical life course research. As one of the centres for the German Family Panel (pairfam) the field of activity is dedicated to researching various aspects of family development in the life course. Furthermore, the interrelations between spatial mobility and dynamics in other areas of life are also studied. A second focus is dedicated to the analysis of social change and its consequences.