Social Science Works gUG, a social enterprise in Potsdam, makes use of social scientific knowledge to improve civil society and democratic decision-making.


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.


Our core competencies include deliberative integration and democracy projects, democracy research, second opinions of existing research as well as scientific criticism and communication.









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.

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.

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.

A Selection of Our Current Projects

Find out more about our work on the Projects Page

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Isabel Navarro is our new Intern!

Isabel Navarro is our new Intern!

Isabel Navarro is our Spanish intern for the summer of 2019. Isabel comes from a small town in Valencia and … Continue ReadingIsabel Navarro is our new Intern! ...

Bürgerdialog Zehdenick

Bürgerdialog Zehdenick

Social Science Works was in beautiful Zehdenick, in the North of Brandenburg. We talked with 30 natives and migrants about … Continue ReadingBürgerdialog Zehdenick ...

Fachtag Haltung Bitte

Fachtag Haltung Bitte

We were at the FachTag “Haltung Bitte!” of the Landesjugendring Brandenburg discussing with 25 inspiring youth workers the need to … Continue ReadingFachtag Haltung Bitte ...