WZB - Berlin Social Science Center

Portrait Foto Dr. Jan Paul Heisig (Foto: David Ausserhofer)
Foto: David Ausserhofer
New research group

A new research group led by Jan Paul Heisig is investigating the relationship between health, social background, family biography, and educational and professional attainment.


Portrait Werner Krause
David Ausserhofer

Werner Krause is the recipient of this year’s Friends of the WZB Award for his investigation into how centrist political parties react to the electoral successes of radical-right and populist parties.

Call for applications

The WZB invites applications for the A.SK Post-doctoral Fellowships 2019. The fellowships support research on public policy with a focus on economic and governmental reforms. Three fellowships will be awarded for the duration of up to 12 months and can be taken up in 2019 or 2020.

Datenreport 2018 - Titel

The Datenreport 2018 paints a detailed picture of what life is like for the next generation growing up in Germany today. It presents the latest data on how children’s lives and perspectives are affected by economic, domestic, and educational factors.

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What are the international consequences of authoritarian rule? How do developments abroad affect dictatorships domestically? APIR, a new workshop series organized by WZB researchers, gets to grips with these questions.

What citizens think about Muslim immigrants has important implications for some of the most pressing challenges facing Western democracies. A new study by Marc Helbling and Richard Traunmüller dismantles the simplistic dichotomy between liberal supporters and conservative critics of immigration and reveals that the friction between political liberalism and religious fundamentalism also plays an important role.

New study

The WZB discussion paper shows the relationship between lean production and Industrie 4.0, focusing on the question of autonomy in the work process. In contrast to the claim made by official Industrie 4.0 concepts that the autonomy of the employees would increase, the authors see in the current implementation projects a tendency towards greater standardization and control of work. 

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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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Der Tagesspiegel online, 15 January
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