Social Sciences

Research in the social sciences encompasses a broad spectrum of internationally leading disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship that addresses key societal challenges at the national, European and global levels – both seminally contributing to academic debates and providing timely advice on policies and solutions.

Research in social and economic inequality is devoted to strategic topics such as income and wealth dynamics and the interplay between the two, inequalities related to education and gender and their consequences for health and ageing, the rise of a new precariat, the accumulation of social stressors for cohorts and whole societies, convergence and divergence between immigrants and locals, and the complex policy problems associated with the rising frustrations of the middle classes.

Research in the sociology of education explores the consequences of educational opportunities and (formal and non-formal) processes of education over the life course and analyzes the ways education systems affect the life chances of individuals and groups. It provides new insights on macro-, meso- and micro-levels, from global to local, and comparatively, based on quantitative, qualitative and historical data. Comparative perspectives, emphasizing historical and spatial similarities and differences, facilitate our understanding of educational achievement, attainment and inequalities, and inform policymaking.

Research on childhood and youth examines the conditions and opportunity structures of growing up against the backdrop of social change and inequalities. A range of theoretical perspectives and multi-methodological designs serve to research the links between policies, education and welfare systems, and social and personal resources for citizenship, identity, health, migration, participation, school-to-work transition, and well-being. The social scientific examination of childhood, youth, and young adulthood produces unique insights that are highly relevant to policy.

Research in political science focuses on European Union policies and decision-making, European and international political economy, electoral politics in post-conflict societies, human rights and parliamentarianism. This research critically examines contemporary processes of multi-level governance and the implications of such complex, evolving structures for both policy coherence and democratic accountability.

The Department of Social Sciences regularly engage in public outreach via events and communication with media representatives, while also maintaining strong connections with national and European-level policy communities across all four interconnected strands of research. The Department contributes to the shaping of public policy in relation to both the unique challenges and opportunities facing Luxembourgish society and to the development of wider European and international frames of reference.

 

 

Collaborators in Social Sciences

Christiane
Meyers
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Christophe
Lesschaeve
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Jason
Settels
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Jean-Marie
Weber
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Michal
Mochtak
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Ramin
Forghani
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Anita
Latz
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Andreas
Heinen
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Tamara
Gutfleisch
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Moritz
Höpner
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David
Howarth
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Helmut Erich
Willems
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Luxembourg
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Ariane
Köng
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Irina
Gewinner
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Henriette
Heimbach
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Jung Hyun
Kim
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Andreas
Heinz
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Emanuel
Schembri
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Louis
Chauvel
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Frederick
de Moll
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Claire
van Duin
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Carmen
Zurbriggen
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Elisabeth
Epping
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Ana Carolina
Teixeira Santos
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Kristina
Hondrila
Luxembourg
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Mireille
Krischler
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Eitenne
Le Bihan
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Matthias
Klee
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Jennifer
Dusdal
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Hamid
Bulut
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Nicole
Hekel
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Philippe
Van Kerm
Migration
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Robert
Harmsen
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Patrick
Sunnen
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Sandra
Biewers
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Sercan
Erer
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Juliette
Torabian
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Anna-Lena
Högenauer
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Ivana
Paccoud
Migration
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Anne
Stöcker
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Moritz
Rehm
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Kevin
Simoes Loureiro
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Mike
Zapp
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Martin
Sacher
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Katherine
Ford
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Oksana
Domina
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Zhalama
Zhalama
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Céline
Dujardin
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Lindsay
Flynn
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Robin
Samuel
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Andreas
Hadjar
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Caroline
Residori
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Justin J W
Powell
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Laura
Pierret
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Anette
Schumacher
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Daniel
Weis
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Lea
Schomaker
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Rhea Ravenna
Sohst
Migration
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Sébastien
Commain
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Alessandro
Procopio
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Christina
Haas
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Anja
Leist
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Svenja
Heuser
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Emily
Murphy
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Emilia
Toczydlowska
Luxembourg
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Josip
Glaurdić
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Béatrice
Arend
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Carolina
Catunda
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Latest projects

Social Sciences
Well-being and health of young people
The “National Report on the Situation of Youth in Luxembourg 2020,” published by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (MENJE) together with researchers from the University of Luxembourg, answers questions about well-being and health.
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COVID-19: Saving lives or saving the economy ?
A new study conducted by dr. Christophe Lesschaeve, Prof. Josip Glaurdić, and dr. Michal Mochtak from the Department of Social science and recently accepted for publication in the journal Public Opinion Quarterly (ranked globally as the best journal for public opinion research) looks into the public attitudes towards the difficult trade-off imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdowns decrease the spread of the virus, but amplify the damage to the economy. Are people willing to accept a higher death toll in an attempt to limit the damage of the economy, or is saving lives considered nonnegotiable?
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Monitoring the pulse of youth
Developed by the Centre for Childhood and Youth Research, the Youth Survey Luxembourg collects data on different aspects of the lives of young people aged 16 to 29 every 5 years .The findings help policy-makers in their decisions as well as researchers.
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Health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC) – a WHO collaborative study in 50 countries
For over 30 years, the HBSC study has been assessing the health behaviours of young people in 50 countries. With this data base it is possible to identify and respond to health risks and inequalities among young people. This is particularly relevant because health problems that arise during this critical stage of life can have an impact even in later life.
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How past becomes present
Using a multi-disciplinary methodological toolbox, the ERC-funded project ELWar – Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe – seeks to understand how (war) past becomes embedded in (political) present and why postwar societies often struggle to overcome conflict traumas.
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Challenges to Democracy and Social Life in European Small States
A research project of the University of Luxembourg funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ scheme aims to bridge the knowledge gap regarding small states and their challenges. Challenges to Democracy and Social Life in European Small States underlines the vast differences in the challenges faced by small states compared to bigger nations. By raising awareness of the situation in which small states find themselves, this project aims to facilitate the exchange of information and to promote knowledge of the approaches adopted by small states as well as their policies.
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Eurostudent VII : Students’ Study and Living Conditions in Luxembourg
In Luxembourg, education policymakers are missing key information regarding higher education students. To address this shortcoming, the University of Luxembourg is taking part in the International Eurostudent project. The goal of this European initiative is to collect information on the social dimension of European higher education to compare it across all participating countries.
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Relational quality: developing quality through collaborative networks and collaboration portfolios (Q-KNOW)
Research collaborations play a major role in the quality of science. The University of Luxembourg, together with the University of Mannheim and the University of Hannover, seeks to understand how collaborations, networks and organizational structures influence the development of science.