Research Focus Areas

This page provides an overview of the institute's main focus areas. In order to learn more about the research activities of our other SUZ-members, please refer to section Faculty Mid-Level and PD.

Collective research focus areas

  • sociological theory and history of sociological theory
  • methods of empirical social research
  • labor, education and profession
  • generations and family
  • youth, seniority, curriculum
  • culture and values
  • migration and transnationalism
  • sociology of justice
  • social structure and change
  • sociology of economics and organisation
  • social policy and welfare

Specific Focus Areas

  • Marlis Buchmann: Life course, social stratification and mobility, sociology of education, occupation and labour markets, social and cultural change
  • Eldad Davidov: Methods and empirical social research, international comparisons, structural equation models, panel data, attitudes and values, decision theories
  • Heiko Rauhut: social norms and cooperation, analytical sociology, experimental game theory, sociology of science and quantitative science studies, social networks, quantitative sociology
  • Katja Rost: Economic and organizational sociology, digital sociology, social networks, diversity
  • Jörg Rössel: Sociological theory, empirical cultural sociology, social stratification, political sociology, comparative historical sociology
  • Michael J. Shanahan: Life course sociology (theory and methods), integration of life course and molecular genetics, life course models of health
  • Marc Szydlik: Social stratification, life course, labour market, generations, empirical research
  • Peter-Ulrich Merz-Benz: Sociological theory and its history, history of ideas, fundamental theory of social sciences, cultural sociology