The chair of general, labour and economic sociology particularly deals with the change of labour and welfare societies. Accordingly the profile of research and teaching implies a close combination of theory and practical experience. In addition an interdisciplinary connection to other fileds of social sciences is a main focus. The following list provides an overview of the chair's topic spectrum:    

  • An important focal point is the topic of Labour Market and Employment. The analysis of the German employment development, the international comparison of labour market policies and the analysis of employment policies like the German Alliance for Jobs are all part of the discussion, as well as the development of "new" forms of employment. Two examples of recent topics that the chair is working on are business start-ups and low wage employment combined with the question about the political policies in these fields.     
  • The chair also deals with the change on the way to a Service Society. This change includes a shift of consumer preferences, markets and policy fields. Besides company related services, growth in social and freedom related topics is in the main focus. The future development perspectives of companies, associations and public institutions are just as interesting as the analysis of technically organized innovations (Media, advanced training) and policy shaping.  Health Economy and the  Silver Economy have come up as a special point of interest in the course of the last years. Right now a couple of research projects are dealing with these topics (among others about  the economic consequences of demographic change on local levels).
  • In the discussion about social changes the keywords Globalization and Regionalization play an important role. On the global level the main focus is rather on the analysis of economic, social and political consequences, whereas on the regional level structural policies and their governance potential are in the centre of attention. That includes the sponsorship of innovative environments and networks, the importance of soft location factors and the cooperation between political and social actors.  
  • An additional point of interest aims at the development perspective of modern Welfare States and Civil Societies. This includes the constitution of social security systems, the change of corporate citizenship and the question of ratio between state and society. Important instruments are the analysis of demographic and and social development processes as well as the international comparison of the reform capability of modern societies and their welfare institutions.