Research

At the Department of Sociology at the University of Mannheim, research is focused on broad social phenomena, predominantly within the areas of family, education, Economic Sociology, and Migration Studies. Furthermore, the chairs of Social Psychology focus on micro-sociological processes. You will find details on specific ongoing research projects on the websites of the individual chairs and at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).

Micro- and Macrosociology have a long tradition at the School of Social Sciences. The faculty in the School of Social Sciences have made significant contributions to macro sociology, e.g. in the comparison of welfare states, health (insurance) systems, and economic regimes. Our distinguished faculty examine timely micro sociological issues, such as educational decisions, mechanisms of social stratification and mobility, family arrangements, and the integration of migrants within European societies, making us one of the most productive and respected departments in Europe. Our publications engage a wide range of social theories. Most notably, our faculty have contributed to Rational Choice Theory.

Our partnership with the MZES and the use of cutting-edge research designs is characteristic for sociological research in Mannheim. We have played a prominent role in furthering research on European integration, employing innovative research designs. The chairs dealing with statistics and social research methodology promote research on data collection methods as well as on new data analysis techniques.