In February 2014, the social scientist Mark Lutter
took on the leadership of a new MPIfG research group on "The Transnational Sociology of Diffusion." The group's projects will look at factors that influence and shape the spread of innovations among individuals, networks, organizations, and societies. Lutter has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2005.
From April 2014, Ariane Leendertz
is to head a research group studying the political and scientific approaches taken since the 1960s on social complexity
as well as the associated processes involved in the "economization of the social." Leendertz is a historian and has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2010. The Max Planck Society's Minerva programme
aims to improve the working conditions for young female scientists. Following a rigorous selection period, the programme offers successful candidates contracts to help qualify them for leadership positions.
has been working as a researcher in the sociology faculty at the University of Basel
, Switzerland since January 2014. Mader was at the MPIfG from 2008-2013, initially as a doctoral student and then as a researcher in the "Institution Building across Borders"
group. In addition to his teaching duties at Basel, he intends to focus on financial education and the politics of financial inclusion.
, Professor of Economic History at the University of Turin and MPIfG Scholar in Residence for 2013/14
, is delivering a three-part lecture series in January and February 2014 on the complex dynamics of modern welfare states. He discusses the evolution of welfare systems as a product of cultural variables and material forces that are largely responsible for the sense of instability that dominates our societies.
was awarded her doctorate at the University of Cologne
in June 2013. Her dissertation "When the High-Income Country Context Dissolves: Social Policy Preferences in Low- and Middle-Income Democracies" examines how structural uncertainty, dysfunctional systems of law and government finance, inequality, and mass employment within the informal economy can influence social policy preferences. Sarah Berens was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
from 2010-2013. Since December 2013 she has been a researcher in the University of Cologne's Center for Comparative Politics
A project group on European economic and social integration held ist first meeting in January 2014 at the MPIfG and discussed the European Court of Justice and macroeconomic coordination within the eurozone. The group aims to enable cooperation between research projects that examine European integration from a political economy perspective and expects to run for several years. Taking part is the MPIfG research group "The Political Economy of European Integration"
, two research projects from the University of Bremen, one from the University of Tübingen, and one from the European Policies research unit of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI).
In May 2013, the University of British Columbia in Prince George
, Canada, honored Matias Margulis
with the University Achievement Award for Research. The prize acknowledges faculty members who are deemed exceptional researchers and scholars. In November 2013, Margulis and Dave Cornnell received an "Insight Grant"
to pursue the project "Agricultural Land Use Planning in Canada," which researches the changing role and value of agriculture. The Insight Grant is conferred by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
for long-term research initiatives and is worth 464,000 Canadian dollars (CAD). Matias Margulis was a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG in 2012 and 2013.
In October 2013, Josef Hien
was awarded an A.SK Fellowship by the A.SK Academic Prize Foundation
. The fellowship is worth 9,600 euros and includes an opportunity to study at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin (WZB). The WZB awards 50,000 euros annually from the A.SK foundation which was set up by the Chinese entrepreneuers Angela Chan and Shu Kai (hence A.SK). It is intended to give young scientists the opportunity to work on a year long project examining social and political reform. Hien was a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG during 2012 and is currently at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin
was awarded his doctorate at Sciences Po Paris
in December 2013. His dissertation investigated post-crisis financial reforms by studying over-the-counter derivative market regulation in the US and the EU. Guittet had been a member of the MPIfG research group on "Economic Patriotism" headed by Cornelia Woll at Sciences Po Paris.
Researchers from the international network on "Financial Market Regulation" and their guests came together at the MPIfG in December 2013 for a joint workshop on "The Multilevel Dynamic of Post-Crisis Financial Market Regulation." They discussed the interplay of local, regional, international institutions in the regulation of financial markets. Renate Mayntz
, who organized the workshop, headed the network that published the book Crisis and Control
(Campus) in 2012.
The economic sociology section of the German Sociological Association
(DGS) met in Munich in December 2013 to discuss how sociology can explain success. Researchers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland gave presentations and lectures on the dimensions, causes, and effects on the inequalities of success. The conference was sponsored by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation and organized by Marc Keuschnigg
(LMU Munich) and Mark Lutter