Scientific Advisory Council

soeb 3 is accompanied by an international scientific advisory council.


Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf (Spokesman of the advisory council)

Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf is the vice president of the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne and head of its division “Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft” (Continuous Observation of Society) .  Since 2009 he has been teaching and doing research at the chair for Social Structure Analysis at the University of Mannheim.

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Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude

Within the School of Social Science at Kassel University Prof. Dr. Heinz Bude holds the chair for macro-sociology. Furthermore Prof. Dr. Bude has been a research associate at the Institute for Social Research in Hamburg until 2015. His key research areas are generations,  social exclusion and of company research. Prof. Dr. Bude published numerous books in those fields, the latest book “Das Gefühl der Welt” appeared in March 2016.

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Prof. Lothar Eichhorn

Prof. Lothar Eichhorn is head of the department of the State Office for Statistics in Lower Saxony and among other things responsible for the research-data-center and social reporting.  Furthermore he is in charge of the Regional Statistics Committee of the German Statistical Society and teaches Regional Research at the Political Science Department at Leibniz-University of Hannover. 


Dr. Roland Habich (†)

Dr. Roland Habich was head of of the data management at the Berlin Social Science Center. His main research topics were social accounting, social structure, the welfare state and social inequality.

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Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans

Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans was appointed Scientific Director of the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) in September 2015. Before that, Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-gans was the professor for empirical economic sociology at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Her research interests include the theory of science, university research, the  sociology of education, organizational sociology, labor market research, start-up research, quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social science, medical and health sociology and the sociology of social inequality.


Prof. em. Dr. Ruth Kaufmann-Hayoz

Prof. em. Dr. Ruth Kaufmann-Hayoz, psychologist, is a retired professor for general ecology at the University of Bern and was the head of the Interfaculty Coordination Office for General Ecology (IKAÖ) until 2011. Kaufmann-Hayoz was a member of the strategy advisory council of the BMBF-funding focus on socio-ecological research (SÖF) from 2000 untill 2008 and she was co-leader of the concomitant research regarding the SÖF-key subject “Vom Wissen zum Handeln – Neue Wege zum nachhaltigen Konsum” (From knowledge to action - New ways of sustainable consumption) from 2008 till 2013. Her research priorities are the conditions of individual and social change and learning processes concerning sustainable development as well as transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity.

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Prof. Dr. Notburga Ott

Prof. Dr. Notburga Ott holds the chair of Social Policy and Institutional Economics at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, where her current research and work focus is on social policy, especially the economics of households, family policy together with health economics and public health.

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Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer

Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer became the head of the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ) at the University Duisburg-Essen in April 2016. Before, she held the chair for Politics, in particular Social Policy at the Faculty for Educational Science at the University Duisburg-Essen. In addition, she was the prorector of said University from 2008 to 2015 and was mainly devoted to Diversity Management and International Affairs. Her key research activities concern social security, old-age provision, family policy, the comparative research on European and international welfare states, poverty and the distribution of income, as well as social security of women, flexibility and social security in general (flexicurity).