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.

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.

 

Collaborators in Social Sciences

Christian
Wille
Geography & Spatial Planning
Humanities
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Frederick
de Moll
Social Sciences
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Gabriel
Rivera Cosme
Humanities
Luxembourg
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Mike
Zapp
Social Sciences
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Josip
Glaurdić
Social Sciences
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Kristina
Hondrila
Luxembourg
Social Sciences
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Sébastien
Commain
Social Sciences
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Geoffrey
Caruso
Geography & Spatial Planning
Social Sciences
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Patrick
Sunnen
Social Sciences
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Michal
Mochtak
Social Sciences
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Igor
Tkalec
Social Sciences
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Anja
Leist
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Social Sciences
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André
Melzer
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Humanities
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Caroline
Residori
Social Sciences
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Volha
Vysotskaya
Social Sciences
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Martha
Fernandez de Henestrosa
Humanities
Social Sciences
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Helmut Erich
Willems
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Luxembourg
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Oksana
Domina
Social Sciences
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Georges
Steffgen
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Social Sciences
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Svenja
Heuser
Social Sciences
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Verena
Distler
Social Sciences
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Céline
Dujardin
Social Sciences
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Anna-Lena
Högenauer
Social Sciences
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Conchita
d'Ambrosio
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Social Sciences
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Alessandro
Procopio
Social Sciences
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Emanuel
Schembri
Social Sciences
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Jennifer
Dusdal
Social Sciences
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Ramin
Forghani
Social Sciences
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Moritz
Höpner
Social Sciences
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Lea
Schomaker
Social Sciences
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Philippe
Van Kerm
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Migration
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Christina
Haas
Social Sciences
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Elisabeth
Epping
Social Sciences
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Estelle
Evrard
Geography & Spatial Planning
Social Sciences
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Sophie
Martini
Education & Social Work
Humanities
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Thomas
Lenz
Education & Social Work
Luxembourg
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Salvador
Rivas
Education & Social Work
Social Sciences
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Justin J W
Powell
Social Sciences
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Sandra
Biewers
Social Sciences
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Robin
Samuel
Social Sciences
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Ruta
Müller
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Social Sciences
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Julia
Wack
Humanities
Luxembourg
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Alyssa Laureen
Grecu
Social Sciences
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Léa
Lemaire
Geography & Spatial Planning
Luxembourg
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Rhea Ravenna
Sohst
Migration
Social Sciences
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Claire
van Duin
Social Sciences
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Miriam-Linnea
Hale
Social Sciences
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Irina
Gewinner
Social Sciences
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Maria
Stogianni
Luxembourg
Migration
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Matthias
Kern
Social Sciences
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Emilia
Toczydlowska
Luxembourg
Migration
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Elisabeth
Boesen
Humanities
Migration
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Andreas
Hadjar
Social Sciences
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Susanne
Backes
Education & Social Work
Social Sciences
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Andreas
Heinz
Social Sciences
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Giorgia
Menta
Social Sciences
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Béatrice
Arend
Social Sciences
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Ulla
Connor
Social Sciences
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Isabelle
Albert
Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Luxembourg
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Tamara
Gutfleisch
Social Sciences
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Robert
Harmsen
Social Sciences
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Jutta
Bissinger
Geography & Spatial Planning
Luxembourg
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Carmen
Zurbriggen
Social Sciences
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Harlan
Koff
Geography & Spatial Planning
Social Sciences
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Michel
Margue
Humanities
Luxembourg
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Marielle
Ferreira Silva
Geography & Spatial Planning
Social Sciences
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Layla
Battistutta
Social Sciences
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Helena
Korjonen
Social Sciences
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Latest projects

Social Sciences
Using satellites images to unravel the impact of Syrian conflict on urban areas
Middle East Sky, a research project from the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Luxembourg uses satellite images to uncover the impact of armed conflict on urban areas in Syria.
Social Sciences
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.
Social Sciences
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.
Social Sciences
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.
Social Sciences
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.
Social Sciences
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.
Social Sciences
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.