Starting in April 2017, Mark Lutter
will become Full Professor of Sociology at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
. Since 2014, Lutter has been the head of the Research Group on Transnational Diffusion of Innovation
at the MPIfG and a member of the faculty of the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE). In his current research projects at the MPIfG, which he will continue as an Associated Researcher, he examines the emergence and spread of innovations in modern societies.
The MPIfG and the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences
have founded a joint international research group in Warsaw. Marcin Serafin will be the new group’s head. Serafin was a doctoral researcher at the IMPRS-SPCE
from 2011 to 2015, and until 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the MPIfG in Cologne. The partner group will do research on the social and institutional embedding of economic action, with a focus on the further development of the concept of "fictional expectations." Partner groups are a way to support young researchers from Max Planck Institutes who are returning to their countries of origin. The Max Planck Society
cooperates with countries interested in strengthening their research through international cooperation.
For his "Critique of the economic concept of resilience," the Austrian Geographical Society
has awarded Andreas Eisl the Leopold Scheidl Prize for economic geography 2015. In his MA thesis, Eisl analyzes explanatory factors for the resilience of economies in times of crisis. The 1,000 euro prize is awarded for excellent achievement in the area of economic geography. The awards ceremony took place in December 2016 in Vienna. Andreas Eisl is a doctoral researcher in the cotutelle program of the École doctorale de Sciences Po
, both in Paris, and the IMPRS-SPCE
in Cologne. He is currently spending the academic year at the MPIfG in Cologne.