Science and Community: Ways of mediating science related to ‘Good Work’

This transfer project transfroms the doctoral program 'Good Work' into a communication lab. Together with the PhD students science goes public. The exchange of knowledge thereby is a strong part of the overall research process and important within the doctoral program. That's why this exchange with the public is right from the start integrated in all dissertation projects and equally important.

There will be two transfer moduls to enable this:

(1) Science in Practice. Practical experiences are directly integrated into research and will be adapted together with the corresponding actors.

(2) Transformation and Visualization. This modul will be executed together with the University of Arts Berlin (UdK). Students from the UdK work to gether in project teams with the PhD students from the doctoral program.

Currently these following projects are in operation:

Vizualising the changing working world (Lisa Basten)

Together with a team of freelance designers a variety of infographics are being developed that illustrate the change of work under different aspects such as structural change of employment, the challenges of negotiating work and the change of value added chains.

The infographics will be available either in print as posters or fully animated in web versions in social medias. A selection of infographics illustrating the "Work in the Future“ will be printed in the final publication of an expert commission of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.  

Risk assessment of psychic strain (Franziska Kößler)

Within this transfer project Franziska Kößler is going to assess psychological risks in the companies where she is going to conduct her research. She will use questionnaires to examine stressors and resources the employees face. Those factors might be part of their tasks, the organization of their work, or their social relationships at work. By interviews and observations she is adapting the questionnaires to the respective occupation.

Interdisciplinary transfer: discrimination meets digitalization (Esther Kroll & Kathleen Warnhoff)

Visual Society Program (ViSoP): Making invisible things visible - discrimination in digital HR applications  (Doreen Baldauf & Sascha (Aleksandra) Bespalova, UdK)

In this projects Esther is working in an interdisciplinary team, together with a sociologist and two designers. The common goal is to develop visual solutions that give access to the very complex topic of discrimination in digital HR applications to a broad audience, also outside of science.

In regular meetings the scientists and the designers are constantly sharing knowledge and developing creative solutions. They are using design thinking as a technique for creative teamwork.

As first result, we presented an interactive poster at the Long Night of Sciences 2018. The poster's title is "Digitalization through rose colored glasses". If people wear rose or blue colored glasses, they are able to see the hopes and concerns that employees expressed when they were asked about the digitalization in their companies.

Social Science Meets School (Friederike Molitor)

The aim of this project is to share insights from sociological research  with students from Berlin high schools. Seminars are planned on different topics to acquaint students with sociological insights that are also of particular relevance to students‘ everyday lives. The first seminar focused on persistent gender inequalities on the labour market, while the second seminar will discuss the use of statistical and graphical representations in media outlets.

Job-sharing from the perspective of scientists and practitioners - A radio report (Nicolas Morgenroth)

The concept of job-sharing is gaining increasing attention again. Is it a possibility to combine part-time work with career and enhance the work-life-balance? In a short radio report voices from scientists, practitioners and human relation professionals give their answers to this question.

Participation within digital offices - Discussion on new srategies and Concepts (Setareh Radmanesch)

The work within digital offices has cleary led to a higher working speed. Almost daily the layout of work is negotiated again. What does this mean for workers' participation? How can participation accompany these changes and become an active part of it? These question will be looked into together with practicioners.

Welfare of Resistance: A Photographic Project on Daily Practices of Resistance to Social and Employment Precarity (Giulia Tattarini)

By using pictures, videos and texts, 'Welfare of Resistance' aims to inform a non-academic public about the nature of precariousness in Germany. In particular, the pictures transport the social and economic consequences of the Hartz IV reform for its recipients. Moreover, they tell about ways of coping with precariousness—ways and practices to resist. The written boards (English and German) show the broad context, describing what precariousness is and who the Hartz IV recipients are; the visual part focuses on the ‘Sozialberatung’ in Berlin, their activities, and the people who participate in it. Photos and videos tell stories about individual and collective agency; stories in which solidarity and mutualism become powerful tools to fight insecurity, precarity, and stigma.


Transfer project 'Visualisierung der Arbeitswelt' by Lisa Basten.

Welfare of Resistance

by Giulia Tattarini

Giulia Tattarini produced a video within her work for the transfer project called "Welfare of Resistance" that portraits people in an initiative supporting persons that our out-of-work.

Hear a radio podcast of Nicolas Morgenroth (in German) that deals with "Die letzten Fossilien - Gewerkschaften in Zeiten des Klimawandels", featured on 01.10.2018 in Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

Another radio podcast (in German) of Nicolas Morgenroth, featured on 19.12.2017 in Deutschlandfunk Kultur, dealt with "Jobsharing - Wenn sich zwei Menschen eine Arbeitsstelle teilen" .