Regular & Affiliated Fellows

BIGSSS hosts more than 90 international fellows in its PhD Programs. Please find below their research profiles, publications and contact information.

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field A

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field B

BIGSSS PhD fellows of Thematic Field C

Visiting PhD fellows

Thematic Field A "Global Governance and Regional Integration"

Fabian Besche-Truthe
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218-57066

Research Interests

Education Policy, Social Network Analysis, Finance

Adrien Donneaud
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66405

Research Interests

Political Sociology

Sociocultural Anthropology

Existential Philosophy

Humanistic Psychology

International Political Economy

Netnography and multi-sited ethnography

Thematic and qualitative content analysis

European Studies

Cultural Studies

Global Studies

Neo-Nomadism, Existential and Lifestyle Migration, Post-Identitarian Mobility

Transnational Populism, Neo-Nationalism, Cosmopolitism, Contemporary Tribalism

Global Governance, Macro-Regionalism, Anti-Politics

Yulia Khalikova
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66377

Research Interests

judicial politics, empirical legal studies, constitutional courts, (international) human rights law, post-Soviet states, authoritarian regimes

Janosch Neil Kullenberg
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66387

Research Interests

Global governance and international organisations
Political Sociology
Armed conflict & Forced migration
Peacekeeping, humanitarianism, development aid, particulary in regards to the 'Protection of Civilians'
Qualitative methods/ Ethnography
Geographic focus: Central and East Africa

Dung Le Thuy
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66403

Research Interests

I conduct research on Global Regulatory Governance, focusing on the intermediary actors operating in transnational and state regulation process of labor standards. I am particularly interested in studying the strategic behaviours employed by the stake-holding actors, including work on governance tactics, legislative instruments, and the role that constitutional characteristics and contemporary industrial relations play in shaping these strategies.

My ongoing project looks at relations among key actors (e.g. Ministry of Labor, the tripartite representatives and International Labor Organisation (ILO), international organisations (IOs), ad-hoc initiatives, international and national non-governmental organisations (INGOs & NGOs), and contemporary social movements…). I further investigate how the network of these actors shapes their strategic intervention towards the promotion of labor standards in specific institutional settings.

Tom Lindemann
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66407

Research Interests

  • Theories of international relations
  • International organizations and institutions
  • International Political Economy

Alexander Jacob Meland
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66404

Research Interests

  • Water Security
  • Multi-stakeholderism
  • Global Political Economy
  • Proto-quantum social science approaches

Hawa Noor Mohammed
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Research Interests

Thematic Interests: International Politics/Peace and Conflict Studies: Political Violence, Gender Politics.

Geographical Interests: Global with special interest in East Africa.

Approach: Qualitative Methods/Ethnography/GT.

Dennis Redeker
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66454

Research Interests

  • Internet Governance
  • Transnational Relations
  • Digital Constitutionalism
  • Multistakeholderism
  • Social Media Platforms
  • Social Media Data Use
  • Digital Culture Safeguarding

Jonathan Rosa
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66441

Research Interests

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Global Governance
  • Emerging Powers
  • Environmental Politics
  • Climate Change Regime
  • Role theory

Helen Arlen Seitzer
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218-57065 

Larissa Weimer Swader
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66438

Research Interests

  • Emerging powers
  • Chinese entrepreneur networks
  • New Silk Road
  • Social network analysis; qualitative interviews

Hudu Banikoi
Thematic Field A
Charlotta Cordes
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66646

Research Interests

Strategies and Actors of Economic Transformation

(Historical) Regionbuilding

Structural Policies in Socialism and Capitalism

Michael Richter
Thematic Field A
Ekaterina Vorobeva
Thematic Field A

Mareike zum Felde
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66645

Research Interests

Political Strategies and Actors of the Economic Transformation in Poland

Internationalization of Higher Education

Partisan Positions on Higher Education

Polish Party System

Thematic Field B "Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life"

Dafna Burema
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66398

Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Robots
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Martin Cortina Escudero
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57086

Research Interests

Comparative Welfare Studies

Social Policy in Latin America

Gabriela de Carvalho
Thematic Field B
Tel.:  +49 421 218-57078 

Ertila Druga
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57083

Research Interests
Healthcare Systems in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs)
The Welfare State in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs)
International Organizations especially the World Bank and IMF
Health Financing Policies and Politics

Anna Fejös
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66395

Research Interests


Johanna Fischer
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57074

Research Interests

Social Policy and Politics

Comparative Welfare Research

Care

Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care Systems

Typologies

Public Policy

Population Aging

 

Björn Gernig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66383

Jenny Hahs
Thematic Field B
Tel.:  +49 421 218 57069

Research Interests

  • Distribution and diffusion of national and global patterns of labour law
  • (International) Organisations, their actors and power
  • mixed-methods research
  • workers representation, especially works councils

Eloisa Harris
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66386

Research Interests

Comparative Welfare State Research 
Party Competition
The Political Economy of Immigration
Mixed Methods

Maximillian Held
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66406

Research Interests

Political Sociology
Deliberative Democracy
Q Methodology
Taxation
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Jakob Henninger
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57077 

Research Interests


Anders Martin Paul Hentschel
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66444

Research Interests

 

Gulnaz Isabekova
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 69587

Andreas Katsikidis
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66445

Research Interests

  • Institutional Economics
  • Economic Sociology
  • Income Inequality
  • Relative Deprivation
  • Trust

Laura Kollmann
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66458

Research Interests

Organizational Sociology

Social Theory

Welfare State and Labour Market

Qualitative Methods

Maike Marleen Koschorreck
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66460

Research Interests

  • Migration Studies
  • Education
  • Social Inequality
  • Institutional Discrimination
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Discourse Analysis)

Franziska Matthes
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66396

Research Interests

Education
Inequality

Dragan Mihajlovic
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66384

Research Interests
Political Sociology
Education

Kristin Noack
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58604

Research Interests

  • Migration studies and Transnationalism
  • Long-Term Care Policy
  • Gender, Labour Market and Social Policy
  • Qualitative Research

Matthias Pohlig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66388

Research Interests

Welfare State Research
Sociology of Life Course
Social Stratification
Individual Actors and 'Agency'
Labour Markets, Unemployment and Mobility
Sequence analysis
Research Ethics

Alexander Polte
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57063

Priyadarshani Premarathne
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66397

Research Interests

Gender and Social Inequaltiy 
Sociology of work and employment
Work life balance and quality of life

Arline Rave
Tel.: +49 421 218 66460

Research Interests

Social health inequality, Mechanisms and Determinants of Social Health Inequalities, Health Inequality Measurement, Health Care Systems and Politics, systematic review and meta-analysis

Marlene Seiffarth
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58600 

Gizem Irmak Sel
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66384

Research Interests

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Intersectionality
  • Elderly-Care Arrangements
  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Feminist Methodology
  • Life Course Research

Priya Singh
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66433

Research Interests

  • Informal sector labour
  • Welfare State, Social Protection
  • Gender and the informal employment
  • Welfare State for the informal sector labour

Keonhi Son
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58541 

Research Interests

 

Greta-Marleen Storath
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57068

Liva Stupele
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-57082

Research Interests

  •          Healthcare Systems in East-central Europe
  •          Quality of health care
  •          Patient safety
  •          Patient rights

Rena Tecklenburg
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66462

Research Interests

Sociology of the Family
Intergenerational Value Transmission
Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods

Simone Tonelli
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58540 

Research Interests

Comparative Political Economy
Comparative Welfare Sate Research
Comparative Politics
Quantitative Methods for the Social Science

Daria Ukhova
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66399

Research Interests

Gender division of labour
Social class
Family Sociology
Income inequality
Post-socialism


Patricia Zauchner
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58578

Research Interests

Collective Decision Making
Deliberation
Distributive Justice

Henriette Bering
Thematic Field B

Lisa Heukamp
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57054

Research Interests

Comparative Political Economy

Social Policy Analysis

Public Opinion

Jarina Kühn
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66637

Research Interests

  • Transition
  • East Germany
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Vocational Training
  • Life-long Learning

Hung Nguyen
Thematic Field B
Tel.: 0421-218-58513

Research Interests

Comparative Political Economy, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Quantitative Research Methods.

Jessica Nuske
Thematic Field B

Wanda Schwarze-Wippern
Thematic Field B

Meika Sternkopf
Thematic Field B

Lisa Marie Wittig
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218-58587

Research Interests

 

Theoretical interests:

  • Sociology of the Life Course
  • Family Sociology
  • Gender Studies

Research methods:

  • Methods of Causal Inference in the Social Sciences
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis

 

Thematic Field C "Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"

Zaklina Aguilar
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests

- Work and Retiremeent
- Immigration Studies

 

Supervisors:

Dr. Jakob Fruchtmann

Prof. Dr. Sven Voelpel

Prof. Dr. Jan Pletzer (Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

 

Jelisaveta Belić
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3962

Research Interests

Coming from Serbia, my interests focus mainly around societal outliers—Roma children and families, LGBTIQ adolescents, and gifted underachieving pupils. I am currently working on a project investigating the interplay of individuals' personal values and values they are exposed to while interacting with their immediate social groups, and its effects on subjective well-being.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Values
  • Personal Construct Psychotherapy
  • Mixed Methods

Mark Burdick
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests

Digital Social Science, Internet Research, Study of Worldviews, Social Network Analysis, Semantic Analysis, Sentiment Analysis, Media Studies, Narrative Analysis, Experimental Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Ethics

Leslie Gauditz
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 218 58577

Research Interests

Political Sociology
Social Networks
Refugees
Social movements

Cristina Greculescu
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Research Interests

Noncognitive skills (particularly grit and self-control)
Positive psychological approach to personality
Educational inequalities

Alyona Khaptsova
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests

 

Markus Klingel
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests

Couple and Family Research
Life Course and Life Span Research
Social Change: Family Change, Individualization & Late/Postmodernity

Ekaterina Lytkina
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests

Methods of Social Research
Sociological Theory
Questionnaire Design
Cognitive Interviews
Comparative Social Research
Social Norms
Anomie

Rocco Paolillo
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Research Interests

  • Social Complexity
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Immigrant Integration

Olga Poluektova
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3953

Research Interests

Social psychology 

Social class and social status

Socioeconomic gap in attainment

Self-efficacy and coping potential

Emotion

Appraisal theory

Individual differences as sources of bias in judgement and decision-making

 

Vladimir Ponizovskiy
Thematic Field C
Fellow Representative
Tel.: +49 421 200 3959

Research Interests

 

Ajita Srivastava
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3961

Research Interests

 

Audris Umel
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests

Topics:
Social issues (e.g. migration, minorities and marginalization, peace and conflict)
Political and media discourse
Internet and new media 


Approaches:
Theories of social representations, positioning, and discourse
Mixed methods
Qualitative methodology
Digital ethnography and other internet research methods

Nils Tobias Henschel
Thematic Field C

Juma Kalyegira
Thematic Field C

Anne Speer
Thematic Field C

Visiting PhD Fellows

Prof. Sarah Alves
Thematic Field C

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Managerial Values, Basic values, and Cultural values
  • Organizational studies
  • Organizational behavior
  • Facet theory

 

 

Ph.D. project Summary:

The influence of basic values and managerial values in sources of guidance in a Brazilian organizational context

 

People develop social functions, play roles, and need to meet the expectations that exist around the role played, socially shaped over time (Schwartz, 2005). One of the predecessors of behavior is social values. Social values are values that we believe guide other people's behavior, generating behavior expectations about us (Rohan, 2000). For Parsons et al. (1968), role expectations are part of a system of incorporating patterns that the individual learns and teaches, in a process of socialization, about the privations and gratifications around a certain function within a group. The standards of selection are incorporated from childhood by transmitting the directions that adults consider appropriate and continue to be taught to the individual, throughout his/her life, according to the roles he/she assumes. The general aim is to identify the influence of managerial values as a mediator variable in the relation between basic values and sources of guidance of managers of private companies operating in Brazilian territory. The definition of managers for this work is limited to those employees in private companies who hold managerial positions of supervision or higher.