IMPRS-SPCE Doctorates in 2014

In July, the MPIfG held a graduation ceremony for the doctoral students who successfully completed the IMPRS-SPCE program in 2014. The International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy is a joint international PhD program of the MPIfG and the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne. Seven IMPRS-SPCE students completed their doctoral dissertations in 2014: Sarah Berens, "When the High-Income Country Context Dissolves: Social Policy Preferences in Low- and Middle-Income Democracies"; Timur Ergen on the political economy of the solar energy sector; Barbara Fulda on fertility behavior in regional social contexts; Lukas Haffert on the political economy of budget surpluses; Sebastian Kohl,"Homeowner Nations or Nations of Tenants: How Historical Institutions in Urban Politics, Housing Finance and Construction Set Germany, France and the US on Different Housing Paths"; Daniel Mertens on household debt in the age of permanent austerity; Sara Weckemann on the lives of large families on welfare.


2014-07-26Wolfgang Streeck, Daniel Neumair

Daniel Neumair Completes Traineeship and Receives Award from Max Planck Society

Daniel Neumair, who has trained as an IT specialist in systems integration at the MPIfG since August 2011, passed his final examination at the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce with the overall grade of "good" in June 2014. He also received an award from the Max Planck Society for his outstanding performance as a trainee. Frederik Fuchs, an intern in the Computing Services group since May, will be a new systems integration trainee at the institute from August 2014 on. For over ten years, the MPIfG has offered traineeships for IT specialists in systems integration and software applications and for office communication specialists. more (in German)




Ariane Leendertz Elected to MPG Senate

Ariane Leendertz, head of theresearch group on "The History of Complexity" at the MPIfG, has been elected to represent the research fellows in the Max Planck Society’s (MPG) Human Science Section in the MPG Senate. The central decision-making body of the MPG, the Senate elects the president of the MPG as well as its executive committee and decides who will be appointed as secretary general. more




"Sociology in Cologne": Joint Workshop of the MPIfG and the University of Cologne

The MPIfG and the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne, hosted a "Sociology in Cologne" workshop in June 2014. Project presentations were the basis of discussions on increasing wealth inequality, the relationship between the state and markets, and the public image of and public opinion about markets. The MPIfG and the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences plan to continue organizing similar events in order to strengthen ties between the two institutions. mehr




AvH Grant Recognizes MPIfG’s Alumni Strategies

The MPIfG was among sixteen universities and three research institutions to receive a competitive grant from the  
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for its "Research Alumni Strategies 2014." The institute will devote the 30,000-euro grant, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to more firmly establishing the Fördergelder in Höhe von rund 30.000 Euro wird das Institut einsetzen, um seinen Society of Friends and Former Associates of the MPIfG as a platform for interaction with its alumni, enhancing communication among the alumni, and expanding contact between the alumni and the researchers currently at the MPIfG. more




ASA Section Award for Amy A. Quark

In June 2014, Amy A. Quark received the Best Scholarly Book Award of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Global and Transnational Sociology for "Global Rivalries: Standards Wars and the Transnational Cotton Trade" (University of Chicago Press, 2013). In her book, Quark examines how rule-making processes influence the governance of the international cotton trade. Quark was a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG from January to July 2011. more




Societal Impact of the Financial Crisis: An International Workshop

In June 2014, international guests joined MPIfG researchers to discuss how private debt, fertility, and pension systems are related. Made possible by support from the Foundation for German-American Academic Relations, the workshop "Babies, Bonds, and Buildings: The Societal Impact of the Financial Crisis in a Transatlantic Perspective" was organized by Ismail Emre Bayram, who has been a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG since 2013.


2014-07-23Scientific Advisory Board of the MPIfG

Evaluation of MPIfG’s Research in 2012 and 2013

The MPIfG Advisory Board met from May 26-28, 2014, to evaluate the MPIfG’s research in 2012 and 2013. The Board’s chair, Prof. Frank Dobbin of Harvard University, presided over the meeting. The MPIfG’s managing director, Jens Beckert, outlined the institute’s research, and the group leaders and the directors of MaxPo in Paris presented their results and plans for future research. Breakout sessions and poster sessions enabled MPIfG researchers and doctoral students from the IMPRS-SPCE to answer the Board’s questions about their current projects. The MPIfG Advisory Board, which meets to evaluate the institute every two years, reports to the president of the Max Planck Society (MPG). This year’s meeting was also an extended medium-term evaluation in accordance with the statutes of the MPG. For the extended evaluation, additional external rapporteurs are appointed by the MPG to compare the evaluation with others at Max Planck institutes working in related fields.



Mark Lutter Receives MPIfG Advisory Board Award 2014

Mark Lutter received the MPIfG Advisory Board Award 2014 for his paper "Is There a Closure Penalty? Cohesive Network Structures, Diversity, and Gender Inequalities in Career Advancement" (MPIfG Discussion Paper 13/9). Frank Dobbin, Chair of the MPIfG Advisory Board, cited the paper’s outstanding contribution to network analysis. Leonhard Dobusch and Sigrid Quack received an honorable mention for their article in the Review of International Political Economy (2013), "Framing Standards, Mobilizing Users: Copyright versus Fair Use in Transnational Regulation," as did Thomas Paster for his article in World Politics (2013), "Business and Welfare State Development: Why Did Employers Accept Social Reforms?" The Advisory Board recognizes the best journal article, paper, or book chapter published by an MPIfG researcher in the previous two years by conferring the award when it meets to evaluate the institute.



New Works Council Elected at the MPIfG

In April 2014, the staff of the MPIfG elected their new works council. Markus Burtscheidt, Petra Küchenmeister, Philip Korom, Silvia Oster, and Manuel Schüren were elected to four-year terms.



Markus Burtscheidt Elected to General Works Committee of Max Planck Society

In June 2014, Markus Burtscheidt was elected to the General Works Committee of the Max Planck Society (MPG). Burtscheidt chairs the MPIfG Works Council, which he in turn represents at the national level as one of the 64 member of the General Works Council of the MPG of the MPG (GBR). The General Works Committee, which governs the GBR, is made up of the council chair, the deputy chair, and nine other GBR members. Its duties include holding meetings with the employer’s representatives and developing new concepts for representing the interests of MPG employees.



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