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Social Cohesion and Civil Society. Interaction Dynamics in Times of Disruption

Oct 15, 2020 — Oct 14, 2023


Social Cohesion and Civil Society. Interaction Dynamics in Times of Disruption

How, and under what conditions, do civil society actors engage in interactions that foster or break cohesion? The initiative’s aim is to investigate cohesion as driven by, and constantly negotiated in social interaction. It considers cohesion not just as a normative ideal, but as a property of social relations and interactions across multiple scales and modalities, unfolding in face-to-face encounters, groups, and society at large. Our team will develop a new conflict and interaction-based theory of cohesion in contemporary society, integrating perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and computer science, as well as from partners in civil society and politics.

The joint project of researchers from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin is funded by the Berlin University Alliance Grand Challenges: Exploration Projects Social Cohesion initiative.

Our project website will soon go online. For an overview of project cooridinators, principal investigators and staff see below. 


Prof. Dr. Swen Hutter (FU)

Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve (FU)

Prof. Dr. Jule Specht (HU)

Principal Investigators Freie Universität

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas

Prof. Dr. Swen Hutter

PD Dr. Simon Koschut

Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch

Prof. Dr. Christian von Scheve

Prof. Dr. Jan Slaby

Principal Investigators Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Denis Gerstorf

Prof. Dr. Verena Hafner

Prof. Dr. Ursula Hess

Prof. Dr. Hanna Schwander

Prof. Dr. Jule Specht

Principal Investigators Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Monika Schwarz-Friesel


Prof. Dr. Edgar Grande (WZB)

Prof. Dr. Anne Nassauer (FU)

Prof. Brian Parkinson, PhD (Oxford)

Dr. David Schieferdecker (FU)

Dr. Simon Teune (TU)

Research Associates

Dr. Jannes Jacobsen (FU)

Dr. Lena Masch (HU)

Dr. Rico Neumann (TU)

Student Assistants

Kilian Deyerl (FU)

Manuel Dierse (FU)

Hannah Helal (FU)

Sophie Dune Korth (FU)

Charlotte Rößler-Prokhorenko (FU)

Current Job Opportunities

Currently no job openings, sorry. 

Past Job Opportunities

Researcher (Postdoc) | application deadline 4 Feb. 2021 | link to job posting [EN] | link to job posting [DE]

Researcher (Postdoc) | application deadline 5 Feb. 2021 | link to job posting

Researcher (Postdoc) | application deadline 21 Dec. 2020 | link to job posting

Student Assistants (40 monthly hours, 4 positions) | application deadline 4 Jan. 2021 | link to job posting