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.

COMPETENCIES

Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication. On all these activities we publish blog-articles for the wider audience. On top of that we organize and implement deliberative projects and further education in our fields of expertise.

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 FURTHER EDUCATION

Every year we implement a growing number of deliberative projects for citizens, refugees, social workers, civil volunteers, civil servants, adolescents and schoolchildren. For an overview of our current and previous projects, visit the project page. For our further education on democracy, deliberation, discrimination and racism, and gender equality, visit the German part of this website here.

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Distinctive is our combination of theory and practice, developing, implementing and researching 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.

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Giving a face to refugees: A story from Thessaloniki

Giving a face to refugees: A story from Thessaloniki

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Vaccination Tourism – The Dangers of A New Niche

Vaccination Tourism – The Dangers of A New Niche

By Asaf Leshem and Matt Robinson After more than a year of almost complete worldwide shutdown, the tourism sector is … Continue ReadingVaccination Tourism – The Dangers of A New Niche ...
Does the support of democratic values lead to higher degrees of individual social tolerance? A case study from Germany

Does the support of democratic values lead to higher degrees of individual social tolerance? A case study from Germany

In an increasingly interconnected world in which national borders are losing significance, promoting social tolerance is critical. Unfortunately, maintaining harmony … Continue ReadingDoes the support of democratic values lead to higher degrees of individual social tolerance? A case study from Germany ...
Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

Towards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective

The year 2007 marked the global demographic transition to the urban age. Although still vastly disparate between regions, levels of … Continue ReadingTowards inclusive urban policy-making: a cultural rights perspective ...
Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Muslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration

Gender equality has become a touchstone to determine the extent of Islam’s acceptance in Western societies, where many are already … Continue ReadingMuslim women in Germany: A look at gender inequality and integration ...

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