• 14.08.2015 The module "MApping REfugees´arrivals at Mediterranean borders - MAREM" takes place in winter term 2015/2016 and summer term 2016. Students who are interested in the research of the situation of refugees in Mediterranean countries of the European Union are requested to apply for participation. The seminar will take place on Tuesdays from 10:15h to 11:45h, the room will be announced soon. In addition to the seminar during the semester, participating students have the possibility to go on a field trip to Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy or Spain. Travelling costs will be financed by the University. Students in the optional area (Optionalbereich) can receive 20 credit points, students of social science can attend the module as the obligatory "Empiriemodul" and receive 14 credit points. The seminar is completely taught in English. Further information can be found on the VVZ homepage or in the university calendar . If you would like to participate, please send your english letter of motivation to Anna Gansbergen by E-Mail at: The administration in VSPL will be processed by the lecturer.
  • 01.12.2014 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a talk on "Gender and migration in the European labor market" at International Experts' Conference on Building a gender just society at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Brussels.
  • 06.11.2014 We welcomed a group of students and lecturers from the Benemerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) led by Prof. Oscar Calderon from Mexico. The visit aimed to foster and intensify the academic cooperation between the BUAP and the RUB, especially with respect to the planned double master degree in the Master-Program "Management und Regulierung von Arbeit, Wirtschaft und Organisation" (MaRAWO; coordinator Prof. Ludger Pries) at the Faculty of Social Science. During their stay in Bochum, our guests visited seminars and had an opportunity to gain impressions about courses offered by the Faculty as well as had gone on cultural excursions in the Ruhr region.
  • 27.05.2014 ISA XVIII World Congress in Yokohama: Kyoko Shinozaki and Martina Maletzky will convene a joint session on "Social Inequalities in International Skilled Labour Migration and Mobility in a Globalized World" (RC 31 Sociology of Migration and RC 30 Sociology of Work) on July 14. --> Program
  • 08.07.2013 We cordially invite you to a guest lecture on "Migrant workers' organizing in German trade unions" by Mr. Szabolcs Sepsi from the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) on July 11, 2013. He is a counselor of the DGB's project "Faire Mobilität" in Dortmund that supports mobile workers from Central and Eastern Europe. read more...
  • 05.04.2013 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a talk, entitled "Invisibility contested: religious practices as 'migrant citizenship from below'" at the conference on Transnational Spaces and Gender in Paderborn. read more
  • 13.03.2013 Kyoko Shinozaki gave a paper on "Religious practices as 'migrant citizenship from below'" at the Southeast Asian Studies Symposium 2013 in Oxford. Read more...
  • 08.10.2012 Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D.'s new article appeared: Kyoko's most work entitled "Transnational dynamics in researching migrants: self-reflexivity and boundarydrawing in fieldwork" is now being published in <Ethnic and Racial Studies>, 35(10): 1810-1827 (Special Issue on Methodologies on the Move: The Transnational Turn in Empirical Migration Research). This article was nominated for the shortlist of the Goethe-Institut's Interculture Award 2012: Sociology.
  • 26.06.2012 Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D., will convene a hands-on methodology workshop on "Doing qualitative research on transnational care work/ers"
    at Utrecht Summer School, Global Migration and Development (July 2-13) For further inforamtion click here.
  • 18.06.2012 European Works Councils as Actors in the Process of Structural Transformation of the Automotive Supply Industry The findings of the on-going research project "European Works Councils as Actors in the Process of Structural Transformation of the Automotive Supply Industry", financed by the German Hans Böckler Foundation, were presented during "GERPISA - The International Network of the Automobile" on 29.05.-01.06.2012 in Cracow, Poland. Following the theme of the 20th International Colloquium "Structuring new automotive industries, restructuring old automotive industries and the new geopolitics of the global automotive sector", the research team, represented by Ludger Pries and Valentina Mählmeyer, presented a paper on "Managing Complexity: European Works Councils of Diversified 1st Tier-Suppliers". In comparison to the findings of the preliminary research project "The European Works Council: A Transnational Organization? Typology, Negotiation Results and Context Conditions of European Works Councils in Selected Companies in the European Automotive Industry" (2007-2010), financed by the German Research Foundation, the European Works Councils (EWC) in the automotive supply industry have a lower degree of communication, authority and expertise. Furthermore, they also achieve a lower output that is not only reflected by the activities of the EWCs as well as by the number and quality of the concluded agreements to such "hard" topics as company restructurings, but also by the quality of information and consultation. In the first step, by verifying the 'organisational (mis)fit' between the structures of the company and its EWC, the connection between the structural premises and the low output of the EWCs could be proven. In the second step, this output was explained by a number of further case-related independent variables. The presentation of the project team found a very interested auditorium and was discussed extensively. The research project will be finished at the end of summer 2012.
  • 21.05.2012 A research project proposal of Kyoko Shinozaki, Ph.D. "Gender and migration- related diversity statistics" is being approved. It envisages generating much-needed cross data analysis on gender and international spatial mobility among young, junior and senior scientists in the context that German higher education institutions are undergoing rapid internationalization. The project, funded by the Ruth Moufang Fonds, is carried out at the Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. and Dr. Shinozaki will act as a coordinator of the project.
  • 05.05.2010 International Summer School/ M.A.- & Ph.D.-Forum "Religious Pluralization and Migration"
    From July 26th to July 29th, 2010, advanced M.A.- and PhD-students will gain insights into the state of the art of theoretical and empirical research on religious pluralization and migration. They are also be offered the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects in a professional environment. The ISS is chaired by Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Interested applicants are kindly asked to submit an abstract of 300 words and a short letter of motivation by May 30th, 2010 via the application form on our website: .
  • 17.04.2009 Dr. Barbara Laubenthal has been appointed to the research network "Global Young Faculty"
    Dr. Barbara Laubenthal has been appointed to the Global Young Faculty, an initiative of the Mercator foundation, which is coordinated by the Institute for Advances Studies in the Humanties (KWI), Essen. The Global Young Faculty is a contribution of these two institutions to the European Capital of Culture 'Ruhr 20.10'. Within this framework, the Global Young Faculty members will cooperate with international outstanding researchers and with research fellows of the Volkswagen foundation. The cooperation will end with the international congress of science "Our Common Future", which will take place from 2. to 6. November 2010. More information on the Global Young Faculty:
  • 17.04.2009 "International Migrants’ Ethnicity and Its Impact on Labour Markets of the Receiving Countries"
    The project "International Migrants’ Ethnicity and Its Impact on Labour Markets of the Receiving Countries: A Comparative Study among China, Netherland, Germany, France and UK" was selected for funding out of 87 proposals submitted to the CO-REACH fund. Prof Pries (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) had submitted the application jointly with Prof. Hao (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). CO-REACH is a European initiative for strengthening the 'Co-ordination of research between Europe and China' including 16 European funding institutions (for Germany DFG and DLR). The now accepted project includes renamed scholars working in China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Hungary. Four scientific workshops will be organised in Kunming, Bochum and Paris in order to interchange research results and prepare innovative further joint research. Details of the project could be found here.
  • 31.03.2009 International Summer School 2009: Migrants Networking
    The International Summer School will take place for the second time in Bochum. It is organized jointly between the Departments of Social Science of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the university of Duisburg-Essen and the Research School of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The ISS 2009 will focus on network approaches to migration studies and to migrants’ social capital and self organization. From october 5th to october 8th 2009, advanced M.A.- and PhD-students will gain insights into the state of the art of theoretical and empirical migration research and be offered the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects in a professional environment. The ISS is chaired by Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Interested applicants are kindly asked to submit a short letter of motivation and an abstract of their PhD/MA-thesis (300 words) until May 31st 2009 to Ms Kirsten Masanneck ( More information will be available shortly on
  • 19.03.2009 Structural changes in Metropolis? Organisation - Culture - Production. First regional conference of the DGS in the metropolitan Ruhr area, 09.28 – 09.30.2009
    Coordinated by Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Chair of Sociology / Organisation, Migration , Participation the regional conference of the German Sociological Association (GSA) will for the first time take place mainly at the Ruhr-University Bochum but also at the DASA (Exhibition on industrial safety). The idea was born by lecturers of the four Ruhr Area universities Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg/ Essen and the Open University of Hagen. On the eve of the European Capital of Culture 2010, the chosen topic “Structural changes in Metropolis” will highlight the changes of culture, economy and society under a distinguished sociological perspective. The event addresses lecturers, researchers, students and the interested public. Call for Papers, details and further information can be found on the homepage of the conference. 26.02.2009 Project "Migration - Europe's challenge"
    Since February 2009, Barbara Laubenthal is a member of the European project "Migration - Europe's challenge", based at the British policy think tank CentreForum.
  • 26.02.2009 Prof. Dr. Pries on Lecture Tour in Australia
    In line with a lecture tour in Australia, Prof. Dr. Pries will give two lectures about Transnationalism and transnational Identities. The lectures will take place at the University of Queensland and the University of Technology in Sydney. Further announcements and information are available here and here. 25.02.2009 Paper Published
    Published. Issue paper by Barbara Laubenthal on the role of economic non-state actors in shaping German labour migration policies. The paper is published in the context of the European research project "Politiche migratorie e modelli die societ?" based at the Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI) in Rome. You will find the paper here. Further recently published issue papers of the project can be found at
  • 28.08.2008 Published: Rethinking Transnationalism - The Meso-link of organisations
    During the last two decades transnationalism has become an important conceptual approach and research programme. However, the term has steadily become vague and indistinct underlining the need for conceptual précising as well as more defined empirical research. Rethinking Transnationalism does this in two ways. On one hand it presents theoretical contributions to the transnationalism approach and, on the other hand, it offers empirical studies in the field of the transnationalization of organizations. The book integrates outstanding international scholars of transnationalism and migration studies with specialists from a broad variety of disciplines that apply the transnationalism approach to different organizations such as NGOs, feminist networks, educational spaces and European Works Councils. Edited by Ludger Pries. More information available from Routledge.
  • 28.08.2008 Published: Globalisation and Industrial Relations
    Luitpold Rampeltshammer published his book "Globalisation and Industrial Relations". This book fills a desideratum of social science research: Based on a thorough theoretical reflection and a broad empirical analysis the differing impacts of globalization processes on the industrial relations in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK and Germany are presented and evaluated. Different dimensions of economic globalization processes are elaborated, their respective influences on industrial relations are discussed. In conclusion, different developmental paths are presented and their validity evaluated. In contrast to the dominating hypotheses of convergence and divergence of industrial relations a differentiated prognosis is proposed. More Information available from Campus.
  • 05.06.2008 Contribution to the 16th Gerpisa Conference in Turin
    Markus Hertwig, Ludger Pries and Luitpold Rampeltshammer submitted a presentation to the 16th Gerpisa Conference in Turin. The paper "European Works Councils in an Organisational Research Perspective. Case Studies from the Automobile Industry" is a result from the DFG-funded project "The EWC: a Transnational Organization?" and can be downloaded here.
  • 13.03.2008 International Summer School
    From September 29th to October 3rd this year the Faculty of Social Science (Prof. L. Pries) of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Department of Social Sciences (Prof. A. Weiß) of the Universität Duisburg-Essen in cooperation with the Research School of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum are organising an International Summer School (in English) "Selected Concepts of Comparison and Methods of Empirical Migration Research". The program and details for submitting proposals and applications could be found here.
  • 05.03.2008 EDMIDI
    Since February 2008, Dr. Barbara Laubenthal represents the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the European Doctorate in Migration, Diversity and Identities (EDMIDI), a network of eleven European universities and research institutes. EDMIDI is the organisation responsible for the design, monitoring and accreditation of The European Doctorate in Migration. It offers doctoral training and mobility for PhD candidates in the field of migration.From June 20 -- July 1st 2008, the EDMIDI network holds an Intensive Summer Programme for doctoral students at the University College Dublin. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2008. Please contact Barbara Laubenthal if you are interested in applying for the Summer School. Call for applications
  • 21.11.2007 Workshop TRAMO
    As part of the research project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)", the first workshop will be held between 22.11.07 and 24.11.07 at the Ruhr-University Bochum, "Internationale Begegnungszentrum (IBZ)". We are happy to welcome our international and interdisciplinary research partners from Centre of Migration Research, Oxford University; Laboratorio de Estudios Interculturales, Universidad de Granada; Stiftung Zentrum für Türkeistudien, Universität Duisburg-Essen; Centre of Migration Research, Warsaw University.
  • 16.11.2007 Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)
    The new research project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" which is funded by Volkswagen Foundation started in October 2007 under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries and Dr. Barbara Laubenthal; Zeynep Sezgin coordinates the project, Tülay Zenginguel works as researcher, and Hülya Kaya and Christina Gögelein as research assistants in the project. The research project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" developed an analytical framework addressing both, transnational organizations and their corresponding national and boarder spanning contexts. In particular, it seeks to identify the characteristics of border crossing migrant organisations, analyse the diffusion of transnational migrant organizations, study the context factors, which influence in the emergence of transnational migrant organizations in four selected European countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Poland and Spain), and address the consequences of transnationalization of migrants' organizations (if that is the case) on the participation and incorporation of migrants in European societies. The Study Group consists of an international and interdisciplinary team, consisting - besides the before mentioned Bochum team - Prof. Dr. Stephen Castles, Prof. Dr. Gunther Dietz, Prof. Dr. Marek Okólski und Dr. Dirk Halm, and a board of international researchers and European policy experts.