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.
Research in social and economic inequality is devoted to strategic topics such as income and wealth dynamics and the interplay between the two, the rise of a new precariat, the accumulation of social stressors for cohorts and whole societies and the effect of these on health and ageing, convergence and divergence between immigrants and locals, and the complex policy problems associated with the rising frustrations of the middle classes. We are currently pursuing two main innovative projects, the first to advance longitudinal and large-scale projections of inequality dynamics using methods drawn from computational social sciences, and the second to assess the impact of life course inequalities on population health.
Research in the sociology of education explores the consequences of educational opportunities and processes and describes the way education systems affect the life chances of individuals and groups in their social, political and economic contexts. 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, emphasising historical and spatial similarities and differences, facilitate our understanding of educational achievement, attainment and inequalities and inform policymaking in Luxembourg, Europe and beyond.
Research in political science focuses on European Union policies and decision-making, the European and international political economy, electoral politics in post-conflict societies, human rights and parliamentarianism. It critically examines contemporary processes of multi-level governance and the implications of such complex, evolving structures for both policy coherence and democratic accountability.
Strong connections are maintained with national and European-level policy communities across all three interconnected strands of research, contributing to the shaping of public policy in relation to both the unique challenges and opportunities facing Luxembourg society and the development of wider European and international frames of reference.