Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of the Social Structure

From left to right: Petra Buhr, Christian Koop, Anne Schröter, Katharina Timmermann, Roxana Leu, Nicole Henze, Johannes Huinink.From left to right: Petra Buhr, Christian Koop, Anne Schröter, Katharina Timmermann, Roxana Leu, Nicole Henze, 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. The following topics are the current focus of our research:

  • Life course theory

  • Intergenerational transmission of life courses

  • Social inequality and early family development

  • The desire to have children and family development in Germany and Europe

  • Spatial mobility and family development

  • Spatial mobility, the labour market and gender inequality

  • Social change and anthropological limits of cultural evolution