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"

Ivan Bakalov
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66411

Research Interests

Theoretical interests:

  • Theories of international relations
  • Theories of power

Empirical focus:

  • Foreign policy in Eastern Europe
  • Russian foreign policy

Research methods:

  • Case study research, process tracing

Fabian Besche
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

  • Multistakeholderism
  • Network Governance
  • Transnational Relations
  • Depoliticization & Anti-politics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Post-structuralism
  • Constructivism
  • Critical Realism
  • Social Psychology
  • Political Sociology
  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Quantum Decision Theory
  • Discourse Network Analysis

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

Research Interests

Thematic Interests: Peace and Conflict Studies: Political Violence, Political Religion, Security Studies/Critical Security Studies, Gender Politics.

Geographical Interests: East and the Horn of 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

Anna Wolkenhauer
Thematic Field A
Tel.: +49 421 218 66413

Research Interests

Political Sociology
Qualitative Methods; esp. GTM
Development Studies
Social Policy in the Global South
Southern Africa; Zambia
Ethnography
Practice Theory and symbolic interactionism
Global social policy
States in post-colonial Africa

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

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

Research Interests

Political Strategies and Actors of the Economic Transformation in Poland

Promotion of Science in the Innovation Policy of Poland

Polish Party System

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

Regina Becker
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 58514

Research Interests

  • intra-EU migration
  • migration and career mobility
  • occupational experiences of high-skilled migrants
  • European sociology
  • political participation and protest

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

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

 

Timm Fulge
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 67470

Jean-Yves Gerlitz
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 57088

Research Interests

Inequality
Social Stratification
Sociology of Work

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 

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

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)

Diletta Luminari
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66393

Research Interests

- Reproductive Regimes, Rights and Citizenship
- Gender Relations
- Migration Studies

Ante Malinar
Thematic Field B

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

  • Long-Term Care Policy
  • Gender and Social Policy
  • Labour Market and Training 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
Thematic Field B
Tel.: +49 421 218 66425

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 

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

Florian Buchmayr
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.

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

Malgorzata Jakubowska
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3966

Research Interests

Psychology of emotions
Psychology of religion
Anti-atheism
Gamification in education & daily life tasks
Philosophy of science

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

Alexandra Mittelstaedt
Thematic Field C
Tel.: +49 421 200 3072

Research Interests
social media, integration, ethnic groups, interpersonal communication, digital society

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

Educational attainment

Poverty and inequality

Self-efficacy

Social cognition

Emotion

Research designs for psychology and social science

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

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