Institute of Sociology

Research projects by topic areas

Migration, Education and Life Course

Threat and diversity in the urban context

Threat and diversity in the urban context.
A transnational comparison of ethnically heterogeneous and unequal urban districts (SFB 923)

Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Boris Nieswand                                                                      

Project collaborators:

Dr. Damian Martinez

Moritz Fischer, M. A.

Voluntary work in refugee aid

Voluntary work in refugee aid. Quantitative survey in the district of Tübingen

Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Martin Groß                                                                

Project collaborator:

Benjamin Steuer

Gender - Bodies - Knowledge

"Making up people" globally

"Making up people" globally: analyzing the institutionalization of global social categories

Project leaders

Prof. Dr. Marion Müller and Dr. Hannah Bennani                                                                                      


Annelen Fritz M.A., Leandro Raszkewicz M.A., Sophia Cramer M.A.
Funding German Research Foundation (DFG)
Duration 1.5.2020 - 30.04.2023

Parental gender socialization across diverse families: Interdependencies with sex hormones, family processes and socio-political context

Parental gender socialization across diverse families

Principal investigator:

Prof. Dr. Pia Schober                                                                                           


Birgit Derntl, University of Tübingen; Claudia Diehl, University of Konstanz; Lucinda Platt, LSE; Maaike van der Vleuten, Stockholm University

Funding German Research Foundation (DFG)
Duration 1st October 2019 - 30th September 2022

Retraditionalization prenatally?

Retraditionalization prenatally?
An empirical analysis of birth preparation courses and pregnancy forums.

Project team:

Prof. Dr. Marion Müller (in cooperation with Dr. Nicole Zillien and
Julia Gerstewitz, M.A., University Trier)





The focus is on the hitherto largely unexplored institution of birth preparation courses in Germany and their significance for the potential re-traditionalisation of the division of labour within the family in the transition to parenthood. The project investigates whether and to what extent the "traditionalisation effect" of the gender-specific division of labour, which is proven with the birth of the first child, is already set in motion during pregnancy, e.g. by developing and testing the expectancy structures relevant for the mother role in the birth preparation courses conducted by midwives.

The Persistence of a Two-Gender Culture

Doctoral Network “The Persistence of a Two-Gender Culture‘ “
(Centre for Gender and Diversity Research, ZGD)


Prof. Dr. Marion Müller, Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hotz-Davis, Dr. Gero Bauer, Dipl.-Soz. Patrick Bresemann, Hanna Roth, M.A., Laura Völkle, M.A., Ferestheh Yousefi, M.A.


State Graduate Funding Baden-Württemberg (Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg)



The doctoral network is to explore the overarching question of how and why the idea of a purely binary gender is so stable - contrary to the simultaneousness of manifold evidence of non-binary models of gender, sexuality and partnership. By bringing together ethical-theological, literary/cultural-scientific and sociological perspectives, the individual projects will use their respective case studies and methods to fathom which discourses and practices contribute to the stabilization of bisexuality and under which conditions and in which contexts a particular abolition of the assumption of a clear two-gender system becomes possible.

Social Inequality and Institutions

Family policy information, gender ideologies and normative judgements of the gender division of labour

Family policy information, gender ideologies and normative judgements of the gender division of labour

Main researcher Prof. Dr. Pia Schober and German Institute for Economic Research

Collaborators C. Katharina Spieß, (DIW Berlin) and FU Berlin

Funding DFG (German Research Foundation

Duration 1.April 2020 - 31.March 2023

Who profits from occupational closure?

Who profits from occupational closure? How different closure practices favour different worker profiles?

Project team:

Prof. Dr. Martin Groß (University Tübingen)

Prof. Dr. Johannes Giesecke (Humboldt-University Berlin)

Dr. Stefan Stuth (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)

Social cohesion, diversity and inequality

Social cohesion, diversity and inequality

Project leader: Scott Milligan, PhD

Social inequality and educational success

Social inequality and educational success: The influence of regional socio-economic environments (SPP 1646) 

Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Steffen Hillmert                                                 

Project collaborator:

Katarina Weßling, M.A.

Cross-thematic projects

State and company-level work-family reconciliation policies

State and company-level work-family reconciliation policies and maternal empayment.
An analysis from a capability approach perspective

Project team:

Dr. Anna Kurowska, Institute of Social Policy, University of Warsaw;
Prof. Dr. Kerstin Pull;
Dr. Jasmin Joeksch;
Prof. Dr. Pia Schober, University of Tübingen