Social Science Works gUG aims to strengthen civil society and democratic decision-making by developing relevant social research and implementing projects informed by academic insights. It develops deliberative projects to strengthen democratic competences. It helps stakeholders that are affected by research to assess the quality and reliability of this research. It helps people to understand and evaluate research and policy making. And it critically follows academic research and practices.
Social Science Works gUG was founded in 2014 by us, a group of social scientists from the Humboldt University Berlin. Like many other social and political scientists, we have been increasingly dissatisfied with the development of our disciplines within the last decades. While social research outside the universities has become instrumentalized and exploited, academics within universities too often do not research on essential social problems.
That's why we decided to not only complain to each other in academic circles, but to act on words and to do something ourselves against the neglect of our subjects - we founded Social Science Works gUG. Since then we have been growing and are increasingly successful. In recent years, following the most pressing issues in our society, we have concentrated on deliberative projects aiming at promoting integration and civic participation and counteracting populism and radicalization. We are developing new ways of meaningful citizen participation and new strategies to strengthen civil society and political competences.[/su_service]