At a ceremony on July 14, the MPIfG congratulated eight doctoral students from the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
who had completed and successfully defended their dissertations in the academic year 2014/2015: Nina Engwicht
on the illegal market for diamonds in in Sierra-Leone; Felipe González
on the micro foundations of financialization in the Chilean credit market; Till Martin Kaesbach
on European financial market regulation in times of crisis; Aldo Madariaga
on continuity and change in neoliberal developing countries; Isabella Reichert
on status and exploration within the literature market; Marcin Serafin
with a sociological examination of the working practices of taxi drivers in Warsaw; Christian Tribowski
on the political economy of German and US adoption practices of children from abroad; and Solomon George Zori
on the adoption of international accounting standards in Africa. The IMPRS-SPCE
is a joint international PhD Program offered by the MPIfG and the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne
In July 2015, Sebastian Kohl
received the European Network of Housing Research
's Bengt Turner Award
as first runner up. His paper "Urban History Matters: Explaining the German-American Homeownership Gap" examines why the differences in homeownership rates between the USA and Germany have remained constant since the nineteenth century. Sebastian Kohl was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
up until 2014 and is currently a research fellow at the MPIfG.
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. His dissertation on the political economy of international adoption in Germany and the United States analyzes how prospective adoptive parents reconcile the value spheres of the family and of money, what coping strategies they use, and which social structures they can turn to for support. Christian Tribowski was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
until April 2015 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG.
, Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, will be the MPIfG Scholar in Residence
as of October 2015. He will give a series of lectures on "The Growth Model Perspective on Comparative Capitalism
" during his stay. In the lectures on October 7, 14 and 21, 2015, he will explore various European growth models and how they are affected by increasing liberalization. Each year the MPIfG invites a leading scholar from the political, economic, or social sciences to spend six months at the Institute. Scholars in Residence pursue a particular research project that relates to research conducted at the MPIfG.
The New School for Social Research
in New York was the site of a conference on "The Economization of the Social since the 1970s" in June 2015. The interdisciplinary meeting of sociologists, political scientists and historians from Europe and the United States explored how "the social" was newly defined historically from the 1970s on in light of changing economic and social conditions. Discussions addressed various aspects of economization, with several participants observing that the "economization of the social" went hand in hand with a "socialization of the economy." Ariane Leendertz
, who heads the Research Group on the Economization of the Social and the History of Complexity
at the MPIfG, organized the conference jointly with MPIfG director emeritus Wolfgang Streeck
and Julia Ott
of the New School for Social Research
was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. Her dissertation investigates the illegal diamond market in present-day Sierra Leone and explores the social structures and working mechanisms of illegal markets in post-conflict societies. A doctoral researcher at theIMPRS-SPCE
in Cologne until May 2015, Nina Engwicht took a position as a research fellow at the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate
, an academy for crisis prevention and civil conflict management, in June 2015.
, a doctoral researcher at LMU Munich, will be a visiting doctoral student at the MPIfG in June and July. Her dissertation project examines corporatist aspects of funding for research and technology.
, a doctoral researcher at Sciences Po, Paris, is a visiting doctoral student at the MPIfG in May and June. Her work explores the policymaking of local public finance in France since the 1970s.
, lecturer at the University of California, Irvine
, returns to the MPIfG in June of 2014. Her current research focus is on "Market dynamics, technological innovation, and the evolution of popular American music."
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in June 2015. In his dissertation, "The Temporal Structures of the Economy: The Working Day of Taxi Drivers in Warsaw," Serafin explores how Warsaw’s taxi drivers choose their working hours and what factors influence this decision-making process. Marcin Serafin was a doctoral researcher at the IMPRS-SPCE
until March 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the institute.