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In July 2023 the IMISCOE Annual Conference with the theme "MIGRATION AND INEQUALITIES. In search of answers and solutions" takes place in in Warsaw. Eva Günzel, Lisa Bonfert (TU Dortmund) and Thorsten Schlee (University of Duisburg-Essen) will present results of the project "Migrant Organisations and the Co-Production of Social Security".
In the journal Social Science Information, the paper "All power to the reviewers: British sociology under two-level supervision of the Research Excellence Framework" by Oliver Wieczorek (INCHER), Richard Münch (Zeppelin University) and Daniel Schubert. It is already available as Ahead of Print.
In the journal Comparative Population Studies, the paper "Who supports refugees? Diversity assent and pro-refugee engagement in Germany" by Lucas Drouhot (Utrecht University), Karen Schönwälder and Steven Vertovec (MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) and Sören Petermann. It is already available as Ahead of Print.
The anglophone workshop will take place from 30 to 31 March 2023 on the premises of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg. It is organized by the IAB and the Spatial Mobility Working Group of the Urban and Regional Sociology Section of the German Sociological Association (DGS). Sören Petermann will give a lecture regarding neighbourhood preferences in a disadvantaged residential area.
The European Survey Research Association (ESRA) hosts this year's conference with the theme "Survey research in times of crisis: Challenges, opportunities, and new directions" from 17 to 21 July 2023 at the University of Milan-Bicocca. The staff of the Chair of Sociology / Urban and Regional Sociology will participate with a total of six lectures by Daniel Schubert, Till Stefes and Sören Petermann.
Günzel, Eva, Ariana Kellmer, Ute Klammer, Thorsten Schlee, 2023: Contested Welfare: Migrant Organizations in Search of Their Role in the German Welfare State. Social Sciences 12 (2): 90.
Bonfert, Lisa, Eva Günzel and Ariana Kellmer, 2022: Migrant Organizations and Social Protection in Germany: The Functions of MOs for Their Target Groups’ Social Protection Practices. Social Sciences 11 (12): 576.
Günzel, Eva, Matthias Benz and Sören Petermann, 2022: Migrant Organizations and Their Networks in the Co-Production of Social Protection. Social Sciences 11 (12): 585.
Beckmann, Mats, Katharina Knüttel, Sören Petermann and Till Stefes, 2022: The Role of Spatial Context in Shaping Adolescents’ Peer Relationships. Social Inclusion 10 (3): 262-272.
Schubert, Daniel and Alexander Brand, 2022. “Whom Should I Talk To?”: Role Prescription and Hierarchy Building in Supervised Living Groups. Social Inclusion 10 (3): 295–306.
Drouhot, Lucas G., Sören Petermann, Karen Schönwälder and Steven Vertovec, 2021: Has the Covid-19 pandemic undermined public support for a diverse society? Evidence from a natural experiment in Germany. Ethnic and Racial Studies 44 (5): 877-892.
Petermann, Sören, 2020: Personal and Social Resources as Incentives for Local Political Protest. The Sociological Quarterly 61 (4): 611-630.
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.
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)
Faculty of Social Science
Chair of Sociology / Urban and Regional Sociology
GD E1/347 Postfach 73
Ursula Hermanns (office)
building GD, floor E1, room 347
phone: +49 234 32-28706
Ursula Hermanns (office)
Tuesdays 10 am to 12 pm, contact via e-mail: email@example.com
Prof. Dr. Sören Petermann
by appointment, only via e-mail
Consulation hours of the staff can be found here.
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.