In April 2013 Sascha Münnich took on his new position as Junior University Lecturer at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Göttingen. His research interests include the social and cultural conditions of capitalist economies and the related welfare states. Münnich came to the MPIfG as a doctoral researcher in 2005 and remained there as a research fellow until 2013.
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Pierre de Larminat was awarded his doctorate from the École normale supérieure de Paris in March 2013. In his dissertation, "Speculating for Others under Conditions of Uncertainty: How Professional Investors Evaluate Financial Asset Managers," he analyzes how symbolic instruments shape investment decisions. Pierre de Larminat was a visiting doctoral student at the MPIfG from 2011 to 2012 and is currently a research assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main.
In April 2013 Ariane Leendertz was elected to represent the MPIfG researchers in the Human Sciences Section of Max Planck Society’s (MPG) Scientific Council. She replaces Sascha Münnich and will hold the post for a three-year term. The sections of the Scientific Council prepare MPG Senate decisions regarding the appointment of new Scientific Members and the founding or closing of institutes and departments based on expert recommendations. Ariane Leendertz has been a researcher at the MPIfG since 2012.