The MPIfG considers international cooperation to be the most promising organizational form of comparative research. Many visiting researchers make valuable contributions to its research program.
MPIfG is part of a worldwide network of research
institutions and researchers working in the social
sciences. It cooperates closely with several research
IMPRS-SPCE – International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) offers qualified graduate students an attractive research environment at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE), a PhD program offered jointly with the Department of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne, with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen as an associated partner.
Germany’s first graduate program in economic sociology and political economy, the IMPRS-SPCE welcomes outstanding doctoral students of political science, sociology, and organization studies from Germany and abroad. Its research explores the social and political foundations of modern economies and it examines the interrelation between economic and social action. The School combines approaches from economic sociology, comparative political economy, and organizational sociology and has an international impact on the development of these fields of study.
The IMPRS-SPCE features international cooperation in its day-to-day work. The students, many international, benefit from stays at IMPRS-SPCE partner institutions abroad, where they meet leading scholars in their fields. Thanks to the School’s unique curriculum of seminars, colloquia, and summer schools and the opportunity to contribute actively to the intellectual life of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the University of Cologne through their research projects, students acquire essential professional skills guaranteeing them the best possible start in a research career.
Information for applicants
Students at the IMPRS-SPCE in Cologne and the graduate program at the École doctorale de Sciences Po in Paris can pursue a double doctorate (cotutelle de thèse). Cotutelle students have research stays in Cologne and Paris and enjoy a challenging curriculum of joint seminars and colloquia.
The faculty is made up of professors and affiliated faculty members from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and the Department of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Two further members are affiliates from Sciences Po in Paris.