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Changing Societies - New Frameworks for Societal Policies and Decision Making

Bild: Martina Sander-Blank
Research Fields
Labor and Labor Market
01.02.2016 - 31.07.2018
Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH)

All important information as well as interesting impressions of our work can be found in our new blog:


The Franco-German Research Program of the Humanities and Social Sciences aims at fostering the interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration between French and German researchers.

The main focus of the collaboration lies on the joint, interdisciplinary and critical assessment of key social changes. Various aspects of these transformation processes will be investigated and new criteria for their evaluation developed. The guiding research questions are:

1. What are central ecological, economic, and societal changes of our times?

2. How can we adequately describe, measure, and compare these changes between countries and over time?

"Changing Societies" takes into account both qualitative and quantitative research methods in a wide range of areas such as business, (work) life and migration. Researchers from various academic fields such as history, sociology, economics, political science, law, philosophy, mathematics, statistics, anthropology, literature etc. will work within the seven areas of interest:

1. The Changing World of Work, Care and Family Life

2. Transformation of Economic Elites and Discourses

3. New Evaluative Frameworks in Politics, Health and Education

4. The Challenge of Migration and Integration

5. New Perspectives on the Social-Ecological Crisis

6. Evaluating Crises and Conflicts in Modern Democracy

7. Diagnoses of Contemporary Societies and Social Change


"Changing Societies" regularly organizes conferences and workshops on various social challenges. An overview of previous events and the respective conference reports can be found on our blog.

The report on our latest workshop "Changing Societies: Migration, Integration, Participation", which took place in November 2017 in Paris, can be found here.

For researchers who are interested in our final conference "Changing Societies - New Frameworks for Modern Societies" we provide the program here.

Furthermore, the program promotes visiting research fellowships in France and Germany for researchers from both countries for a period from one to six months.