WZB - Berlin Social Science Center


The WZB Berlin Social Science Center investigates fundamental societal issues. Our focus is on education and work, markets and choice, migration, democracy and autocracy, international politics and law. At the WZB researchers from various disciplines work together – mainly from sociology, political science, economics, law and psychology.

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The WZB offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued. Find out more about it here.



At the end of the year, we have collected the good news in the December issue of WZB-Mitteilungen, research findings that are encouraging and help to spread confidence even in difficult times.


Growing together

Der syrische Flüchtling Rateb übt Deutsch mit seinem Lehrer.
Heinrich Völkel/Ostkreuz

Much has been said about deepening social divisions in the face of current economic and political conflicts. Immigration seems to pose a particular threat to social cohesion. But the outcomes are not always negative, as Clara van den Berg can show.

Digital hope

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Thumpnail Lena Ulbricht
Lena Ulbricht
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20 Dec 2023, 14:31

In this video, Lena Ulbricht talks about the aspects of digitalisation that give her hope. She talks about regulatory endeavors, a feminist AI project, and the guests on her podcast "Purple Code", whose diverse perspectives on the digital world are encouraging.

Towards more transparency

Portrait Philipp Amthor, CDU Politiker, in seinem Wahlkreis in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ueckermünde, 03.04.2019
Anja Lehmann/OSTKREUZ

In 2021, the German federal governing coalition, passed a bill to introduce a German transparency register. In the United States and the European Union, such lobby registers were established much earlier. Dieter Plehwe describes the eventful history of the German transparency register.

How to “democratize democracy”

Daniel Ziblatt by Annette Hornischer
Annette Hornischer

John Torpey, director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, interviewed WZB director Daniel Ziblatt about his book "How Democracies Die" (2019) and the recently published "The Tyranny of the Minority". Daniel Ziblatt discusses the need for profound changes in American institutions to "democratize democracy" and make it more resilient.