Welcome to the Chair of Sociology / Urban and Regional Sociology


This website contains current news, the research and teaching profile, current research projects, adress and contact options, consultation hours as well as travel recommendations.

Research and teaching profile

The chair's research focuses on forms, developments, conditions, consequences, and processes of socio-spatial inequality in different social groups and populations. Some of the topics covered are socio-spatial context and developmental opportunities in the housing, working and living conditions, social integration in an immigration based society as well as opportunities for social contacts, personal networks and mobility behaviour. The projects follow a theory-based empirical research. Empirical analysis is used for comparison between different neighbourhoods, towns or regions. The structural social and demographic change in the Ruhr Area is a topic of special focus.

The teaching programme is predominantly composed of classes in urban and regional sociology. An introductory lecture conveys the fundamental knowledge of this research area. Other courses give special thematic emphasis on topics such as the development of housing and living conditions, residential mobility or the socio-spatial conditions of social life, well-being and social networks. Most of these courses have a strict empirical orientation or are designed as research based learning. The chair is strongly involved in the Master’s study programme “Urban and Regional Development”. In addition, a lecture teaches the fundamentals, namely, the most important terms of classic and modern theory of sociology.

Current research projects

  • NRWege ins Studium - Support for students with refugee experience at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRWege)

  • New forms of engagement of young people in urban areas: Bochum and Leipzig in comparison (NEOBE II)

  • New engagement: forms of organisation, social and spatial conditions (NEOBE)

  • Diversity Assent in Urban Germany (DivA)

Adress and contact

Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of Social Science
Chair of Sociology / Urban and Regional Sociology
GD E1/347 Postfach 73
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum


Ursula Hermanns (office)
building GD, floor E1, room 347
phone: +49 234 32-28706

Consultation hours

Ursula Hermanns (office)
Tuesdays 10 am to 12 pm, contact via e-mail:


Prof. Dr. Sören Petermann
by appointment, only via e-mail


Consulation hours of the staff can be found here.

Travel recommendations

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The Faculty of Social Science is located in the GD building at the western end of the G row (Humanities) of the campus.

Room plans of the GD building can be found on the website of the Faculty of Social Science (in German).

General travel recommendations can be found on the mobility website of the Ruhr University Bochum.