OUR MISSION

Social Science Works is a social enterprise driven by pregnant societal problems. To alleviate these problems, we try to develop and to apply usable knowledge. Our foci are democracy, participation, integration, populism and radicalization. We aim to further integration and civic participation, and to counter populism and radicalization. We try to develop new ways of meaningful citizen participation and to advance new strategies to strengthen civic and political competences.

WHO WE ARE

We are a heterogeneous, international group of social scientists, most of whom were educated in Germany and live in Berlin and Brandenburg. Our disciplinary backgrounds include sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy and communication science. More about our team here. And on our fellows here.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Distinctive is our combination of theory and practice, developing, implementing and researching in particular deliberation at the same time, and our connection between social and political science on the one hand and social and political philosophy on the other. We seek to develop, what Charles Lindblom calls, Usable Knowledge, and in doing so we are not shying away from normative issues and policy recommendations.

COMPETENCIES

Our core competencies include citizen dialogues, political education, deliberative integration and democracy projects, as well as multiplier workshops and trainings on various topics such as discrimination, democracy and (gender) equality. In addition, we conduct research on democracy, deliberation, migration and integration, we provide second opinions on existing research, as well as science criticism and communication. We publish regularly in English and German about our ideas, approaches, experiences and research results. A complete list of our English publications can be found here and the German publications here.

DELIBERATION

The theories and practices of deliberation play a pivotal role in our work. We see deliberation as an open and courteous exchange of ideas and values, which furthers the discovery, understanding, contextualization and development of preferences. Deliberation is not about transferring the undisputed, fixed preferences of individuals into collective decisions and policies; it is foremost about the joint development of substantiated preferences regarding the public cause. Concomitantly, deliberation strengthens the notions and emotions of political community, civility and citizenship that democracies need to thrive.

PROJECTS AND EDUCATION

Every year we implement a growing number of deliberative projects for citizens, refugees, social workers, civil volunteers, civil servants, adolescents and schoolchildren. Our work is supported by organizations like the European Union, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, various district administrations, the German Children's Fund, and the Federal Foreign Office. For an overview of our current and previous projects, visit the project page. An overview of our workshop and educational courses can be found here. The projects we exclusively offer for refugee children are here. For our further education on democracy, deliberation, discrimination and racism, and (gender) equality, visit the German part of the website.

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Latest News

Talking to each other: Social Science Works again organizes citizens’ dialogues

In order to strengthen democracy, we need a new discussion culture. To this end, we are creating public spaces where … Continue ReadingTalking to each ...

Partnership for Democracy Westhavelland & Nauen supports project “Dialogue on values with new arrivals”,

With the support of the Partnership for Democracy Westhavelland & Nauen, we are implementing a series of workshops with refugees … Continue ReadingPartnership for Democracy ...

Social Science Works released a new book: Migration Politics on the Run

Migration Policy on the Run: New arrivals’ experiences of idleness, inertia and indifference In recent years, Social Science Works has … Continue ReadingSocial Science Works ...

Arjun Joshi new German Chancellor Fellow (Humboldt Foundation) at SSW

Arjun Joshi holds a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and … Continue ReadingArjun Joshi new ...

Dr. Nargiza Nizamedinkhodjayeva new fellow at SSW

Dr. Nargiza Nizamedinkhodjayeva is a seasoned researcher with over a decade of experience in international development projects and programs. Her … Continue ReadingDr. Nargiza Nizamedinkhodjayeva ...

Yasmine Benyoussef new intern

Yasmine is a Gender and Diversity student from Tunisia, currently studying at the University of Applied Sciences Rhine-Waal in Kleve. … Continue ReadingYasmine Benyoussef new ...

Recent interviews with refugees and migrants

Indifference to refugees in Germany: observations and explanations

Since 2022, Social Science Works has published a large number of interviews with refugees in Germany. There were several motives … Continue ...

Saleh, Syria

My name is Saleh, and I am from Syria. I have been in Berlin for two years now and am … Continue ...

Ahmad: Syria

My name is Ahmad and I’m 31 years old, from Damascus, Syria. After leaving Syria, I was in Malaysia, then … Continue ...

Nduka, Biafra

I was born in a family with seven children, three girls and four boys. One of my sisters is now … Continue ...

Hamdiya, Afghanistan and Iran

I am 21 years old, married and I have one child. She was born in Turkey one year ago. My … Continue ...

Ahmed, Afghanistan

My name is Ahmed, I am originally from Afghanistan and currently, I am living in the city of Potsdam. I … Continue ...

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