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Overview of Topics of Doctoral Research for Applicants


Candidates wishing to apply for a BAGSS/DAAD scholarship need to do so a short research proposal of maximum five pages.

To increase your chances of a successful application, this research proposal should be aligned closely with the academic profile of our Graduate Schoool. The Graduate School will only accept topics for which there are suitable supervisors at the School. On the following pages, you will find a summary of the research and supervisory expertise at the Graduate School broken down by thematic area ('pillar') and professor.

Some young scholars may not have a fully developed proposal yet, but are interested in taking up doctoral studies in the areas of educational attainment, educational choices, the psychological dimension of education or economic returns on education in the labour market. Although we do supervise work in areas other than education, you may want to consider the exciting opportunities arising from our close cooperation with a number of major research institutions in the region, especially the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). This Institute is located in Bamberg and has a very close cooperation with the University of Bamberg and us in the Graduate School.  Many senior researchers at LIfBi are professors at the Graduate School. We also maintain a close relationship with the Institute of Employment Research in Nuremberg (IAB), a leading research institute in the area of labour-market research, which is also located in the region and offers access to important and innovative datasets. More information about the IAB data is available here: fdz.iab.de/en/FDZ_Scope_of_Services.aspx

LIfBi is one of our main external partners. Most importantly for some applicants, it hosts the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), one of the most ambitious social-science projects for the longitudinal analysis of educational trajectories in Germany and internationally.  The data produced by NEPS offer extraordinary opportunities for path-breaking doctoral work on educational trajectories and competence development across the entire life span, supervised by some of the leading principal investigators of the study. If you are interested in a PhD in the sociology of education, psychology with an emphasis on cognition and learning, demography or the economics of education, you may want to consider writing a research proposal based on NEPS data. Research proposals relating to NEPS data are particularly welcome. More information about these data and the design of the study is available here: www.neps-data.de/en-us/home.aspx


//PILLAR 1

Education, Personal Development and Learning from Early Childhood to Adulthood


❱ Professor Cordula Artelt
Large-scale assessments
Reading and reading development
Metacognition and self-regulated learning
Competence assessment
Teacher professionalism and knowledge

❱ Professor Claus H. Carstensen
Competence assessments
Longitudinal data analyses
Latent variable modelling


❱ PD Dr. Maximilian Pfost
Reading and reading development
Attitudes towards reading and reading behaviour
Emergent literacy skills
Joint book reading and electronic storybooks

❱ Professor Hans-Günther Roßbach
Childhood education
Learning environment
Effects of childhood education and learning environment on child development as well as longitudinal studies

❱ Professor Annette Scheunpflug
Educational quality
Citizenship education
Educational anthropology
Religion and education

❱ Professor Marianne Schüpbach
Extended education (all-day schools, after school programs, extracurricular activities)
(Primary) school-age student´s development in extended education (achievement, socio-emotional development)
Quality of extended education
(Multi-professional) collaboration in school and classroom
Collaboration school and family
School career transition: grade retention, school entry
Educational quality
Inclusion

❱ Professor Sabine Weinert
Language development
Cognitive and metacognitive development
Late talkers or specific language impairment
The development of implicit or explicit learning
Relations between language and cognition in infancy and childhood
Verbal self-regulation
Cognitive and language assessment and promotion
(Academic) language and social background or migration status etc.
(PhD-projects may use data from other projects like BiKS or NEPS.)

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//Pillar 2

Educational and Social Inequality Across the Entire Life Course

 

❱ Professor Sandra Buchholz
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Analysing social inequalities in various life spheres (such as in education, employment and family)
Analysing underlying mechanisms for the (re-) production of social inequalities (from an international comparative perspective)

❱ Professor Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social demography
Family demography
Epidemiological demography
Population aging
Causal analysis

❱ Professor Michael Gebel
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Empirical studies on social inequality from a life course perspective
Empirical studies on social inequality in international comparative perspective based on micro data
Analysis of micro data from non-European countries in international comparative perspective
Application of techniques of longitudinal data analyses
Application of modern methods of causal analysis

❱ Professor Guido Heineck
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
(Monetary and non-monetary) returns to education
Causal effects of educational or labour market reforms
The integration of personality psychology in economics, educational and income mobility, and well-being

❱ Professor Corinna Kleinert
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social inequalities in education and the labor market
Gender inequalities in education and the labor market
Transitions from school to work
Career mobility over the life course

❱ Professor Bernadette Kneidinger-Müller
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Usage and significance of Internet in different spheres of social life

❱ Professor Cornelia Kristen
Migration and integration
Social inequality
Sociology of education
Other areas related to her research interests

❱ Professor Susanne Rässler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Multiple imputation
Correction methods of item- and unit-nonresponse in surveys
Missing data
Statistical matching
Data anonymisation for disclosure control
Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
Bayesian statistics

❱ Professor Ilona Relikowski
Quantitative research on educational inequalities
Longitudinal studies on cumulative effects of social and ethnic origin
Horizontal and vertical gender disparities

❱ Professor Steffen Schindler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social inequalities in education and their social mechanisms
Labour market returns to education
The impact of education on social mobility

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//Pillar 3

Changes in Human Capital, Labour Markets and Demographic Structures and Their Impact on Social Structures in Modern Societies

 

❱ Professor Uwe Blien
Empirical research of labour markets, especially with interdisciplinary approaches

❱ Professor Herbert Brücker
International migration, European integration and labour economics

❱ Professor Sandra Buchholz
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Analysing social inequalities in various life spheres (such as in education, employment and family)
Analysing underlying mechanisms for the (re-) production of social inequalities (from an international comparative perspective)

❱ Professor Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social demography
Family demography
Epidemiological demography
Population aging
Causal analysis

❱ Professor Michael Gebel
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Empirical studies on social inequality from a life course perspective
Empirical studies on social inequality in international comparative perspective based on micro data
Analysis of micro data from non-European countries in international comparative perspective
Application of techniques of longitudinal data analyses
Application of modern methods of causal analysis

❱ Professor Guido Heineck
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
(Monetary and non-monetary) returns to education
Causal effects of educational or labour market reforms
The integration of personality psychology in economics, educational and income mobility, and well-being

❱ Professor Corinna Kleinert
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social inequalities in education and the labor market
Gender inequalities in education and the labor market
Transitions from school to work
Career mobility over the life course

❱ Professor Bernadette Kneidinger-Müller
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Usage and significance of Internet in different spheres of social life

❱ Professor Richard Münch
(both Pillar 3 and 4)
Globalization
European integration
Change of the welfare state
Global competition
Stratification in the academic field and the field of education

❱ Professor Susanne Rässler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Multiple imputation
Correction methods of item- and unit-nonresponse in surveys
Missing data
Statistical matching
Data anonymisation for disclosure control
Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
Bayesian statistics

❱ Professor Steffen Schindler
(both Pillar 2 and 3)
Social inequalities in education and their social mechanisms
Labour market returns to education
The impact of education on social mobility

❱ Professor Olaf Struck
Labour market research, labour and justice
Labour market flexibility, labour market policy
Human resource management
Further education, lifelong learning demography, life course and biography
Social structure and social change, social policy

❱ Professor Mark Trappmann
Methodological issues
Use longitudinal data to examine social inequality in a dynamic perspective

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//Pillar 4

Governance, Institutional Change and Political Behavior

 

❱ Professor Thomas Gehring
Institutional complexes and institutional interaction
The European Union as an actor in international relations
Autonomy of, and decision-making within, international organisations and regimes
Delegated decision-making and agencies in the European Union and international institutions

❱ Professor Lasse Gerrits
Governance of complex and innovative technological systems (ranging e.g. from internet services to energy networks to transportation infrastructures)
Use and application of the complexity sciences
Development and use of computational models in public decision making

❱ Professor Marc Helbling
Immigration and citizenship policies
Migrant integration
Right-wing populism
Xenophobia/islamophobia

❱ Professor Florian Herold
Game theory
Evolution in relation to behavioural economics
Models of limited attention
Political economics

❱ Professor Monika Heupel
Legitimacy of international organizations
Institutional change in global governance
International security governance
Human rights governance
Legalization of world politics

❱ Professor Thomas Kern
Civil society and democratization
Religious change
Protest movements
Sociology of organization and markets
Social network analysis

❱ Professor Johannes Marx
Transnationalism and its effects on international institutions
The role of mechanisms in the development of international institutions
The explanation of change and stability within international institutions
Enquiries into the accountability and legitimacy of international institutions

❱ Professor Richard Münch
(both Pillar 3 and 4)
Globalization
European integration
Change of the welfare state
Global competition
Stratification in the academic field and the field of education

❱ Professor Elmar Rieger
Comparative macro sociology
The evolution of welfare states
Sociology of international law and international relations

❱ Professor Ariadna Ripoll Servent
European integration, in particular:
Institutions
Decision-making
EU policy process
Constructivist models with regard to institutional and policy change

❱ Professor Thomas Rixen
International and comparative political economy
Governance and globalisation
Institutions and institutional change
The financial crisis and financial regulation
Taxation and fiscal policy
Welfare states and social policy
Political determinants of rising inequality in western democracies

❱ Professor Thomas Saalfeld
Parliamentary accountability in multi-level settings
Parliamentary voting behaviour
The political representation of immigrants and ethnic minorities
The political economy of cabinet durability in European democracies
Decision-making within political parties
The use of principal-agent models in the study of political institutions

❱ Professor Ulrich Sieberer
Institutional design and institutional change
Legislative organization and legislative behaviour
Intra-party politics
Political competition in democracies
Judicial politics

 

 

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