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DFG Research-Group on Post-Growth Societies


Applicants: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre, Prof. Dr. Stephan Lessenich, Prof. Dr. Hartmut
Management: Prof. Dr. Michael Hofmann (Geschäftsführer), Ilka Scheibe (Sekretariat), Christine Schickert (Öffentlichkeitsarbeit)
Researchers: Dr. Barbara Muraca; Dr. Dennis Eversberg, Dipl. Soz. Jan Sparsam; Tine Haubner M.A., Dimitri Mader M.A.; Steffen Liebig M.A., Johanna Sittel M.A.

Funded by: DFG
Duration: October 2011 - September 2015


TUCRIP Trade Unions Facing Precariousness and Crisis in the EU

Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre, Dr. Stefan Schmalz

Förderung: DAAD
Laufzeit: Januar 2016 - Dezember 2017



Rückenwind für die Gewerkschaften? Betriebliche Mitbestimmung und Organisationsmacht in Ostdeutschland

Project manger: Prof. Klaus Dörre, Dr. Stefan Schmalz
Researchers: Thomas Goes, Marcel Thiel
Student assistants: Yvonne Möller, Daniel Menning

Funded by: Otto Brenner Stiftung
Duration: 01.06.2014  - 29.02.2016


BUT: "Evaluation der bundesweiten Inanspruchnahme und Umsetzung der Leistungen für Bildung und Teilhabe"

Project manager: Prof. Klaus Dörre
Researchers: Marleen Thürling, graduate assistant: Jana Steckbauer

Funded by: BMAS/SOFI
Duration: November 2013 - August 2015


SYSLAP: "Systematisierte Situations- und Ressourcenanalysen für Lokale Aktionspläne" im Rahmen des Landesprogramms für Demokratie, Toleranz und Weltoffenheit

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre
Researcher: Matthias Quent

Funded by: Thüringer Ministerium für Soziales, Familie und Gesundheit im Rahmen des "Thüringer Landesprogramm für Demokratie, Toleranz und Weltoffenheit"
Duration: February 2014 - December 2014


Project team Sciene - Politics - World of Employment (PROWA)

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre
Researcher: Martin Ehrlich, M.A.; Madeleine Holzschuh, M.A.; Dr. Ingo Matuschek; Johanna Sittel, M.A.
Former researcher: Anja Hänel, M.A.

Funded by: TMWAT (Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Technologie)
Duration: June 2012 - September 2014


Right-wing extremism (potential) in local and rural contexts (REX)

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre
Researcher: Peter Schulz, M.A.; Matthias Quent, M.A.

Funded by: TMBKW (Förderkennzeichen B514-11053)
Duration: January 2012 - March 2014

Memory, Youth, Political Legacy And Civic Engagement (MYPLACE)

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre
Researcher: Dr. Peter Bescherer

Funded by: EU (7. Rahmenprogramm)
Duration: June 2011 - May 2015
Cooperation partners: 16 universities and institutions; coordination:University of Warwick (GB)
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MYPLACE explores how young people's social participation is shaped by the shadows (past, present and future) of totalitarianism and populism in Europe.

Conceptually, it goes beyond the comparison of discrete national 'political cultures' or reified classifications of political heritage ('postcommunist'/'liberal democratic'); it is premised rather on the pan-European nature of a range of radical and populist political and philosophical traditions and the cyclical rather than novel nature of the popularity they currently enjoy.

Empirically, MYPLACE employs a combination of survey, interview and ethnographic research instruments to provide new, pan-European data that not only measure levels of participation but capture the meanings young people attach to it.

Analytically, through its specific focus on 'youth' and the historical and cultural contextualization of young people's social participation, MYPLACE replaces the routine, and often abstract, iteration of the reasons for young people's 'disengagement' from politics with an empirically rich mapping of young people's understandings of the civic and political space that they inhabit.

In policy terms, MYPLACE identifies the obstacles to, and facilitators of, young people'sreclamation of the European political arena as 'my place'.

MYPLACE is a collaboration of sixteen partners across Europe from the western and northern part - like GB, Finland, Denmark, Baltic states - over central Europe (Germany, Hungaria) up the eastern and southern edge - like Russia, Greek, Georgia.

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Continual Observation of the Industry Branch in Thuringia and Germany, evaluation of competence centres (Optik Thuringia)

Project manager: Prof. Dr. Klaus Dörre
Researcher: Christoph Thieme

Funded by: OptoNet, BMBF, VDI
Duration: since 2001

next survey scheduled for 2014/15

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Cooperation partners in Germany:

Abbe School of Photonics

FBU Forschung - Beratung - Umsetzung Rolf Satzer, Collogne

Forschungsteam Internationaler Arbeitsmarkt (FIA), Berlin

Fraunhofer IOF

inifes gGmbh, Internationales Institut für Empirische Sozialökonomie, Stadtbergen

ISF, Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung e.V., Munich

Lutz Wende OrganisationsBeratung, Alfter-Witterschlick


Petra Kaps, Berlin

Prospektiv Gesellschaft für betriebliche Zukunftsgestaltungen mbH, Dortmund


Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Technologie

University of Bremen, Germany

WSI, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Düsseldorf

Zoom - Gesellschaft für prospektive Entwicklungen e.V., Göttingen


Cooperation partners abroad:

Caucasus Research Resource Centers Program, Georgia

Centre d'étude des mouvements sociaux/EHESS - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France

Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology(CIES), ISCTE, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal

CEUR Conicet, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina (contact person: Dra. Elsa Laurelli)

Daugavpils University, Latvia

Departamento de Geografía, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz, Austria

John Hopkins University Balitmore, USA

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Panteion University of Athens, Greece

Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Research Centre 'Region', Ul'ianovsk State University, Russia

Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China

The Institute for International and Social Studies in Tallinn University

The New School For Social Research New York, USA

Trinity College/The University of Dublin, Irland

University of Cambridge, UK

University of Debrecen, Hungary

University of Eastern Finland

University of Southern Denmark

University of SS Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia

University of Warwick, UK


Topic: Marxist Theory and critical Sociology/Socioeconomics

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updated June 22nd 2017