University of Siegen

USIEGEN The University of Siegen was founded in 1972 and has quickly developed into a centre of quality research and teaching in the ‘three-border-region’ of the Hessen, Rhineland Palatine and North Rhine Westphalia states, with more than 19,000 enrolled students. It maintains extensive cooperation with numerous universities and research institutions all over the world and partnerships with over 130 European universities.

In TransSOL, research work is conducted at the Faculty of Arts’ own ‘Centre for Research in the Social Sciences’ (SOWiS). The SOWiS aims to enhance social science research in five core areas of general concern, amongst them European studies, political sociology, social problems, and social policy. It hosts a series of empirical research projects funded by institutions like the German Research Council, the European Commission and other national and international agencies. Its members participate in various international consortia, such as bEUcitizen and Livewhat.

We invite you to have a look at the German TransSOL website.

Team members

Christian Lahusen is the principal investigator of the German team and coordinator of TransSOL. He holds a Chair of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts at Siegen University. He studied sociology in Düsseldorf and Madrid, received his PhD from the European University Institute (Florence) and obtained his habilitation from the University of Bamberg. His research interests include the sociology of European societies and European integration, social movements and civil societies, social problems and social exclusion. He has directed and participated in a number of national and international research projects on topics relating to contentious politics, civil society and social exclusion, most of them with a European and comparative perspective. His research has been funded by the German Research Council, the EU and other national and international funding agencies. He was a participant in EU-funded projects such as UNEMPOL (EU FP5) and YOUNEX (EU FP7) and is currently part of LIVEWHAT (EU FP7). Publications include 12 books and edited collections and more than 70 articles and book chapters, published by leading national and international publishers and journals.

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Ulrike Zschache is a post-doctoral research fellow in the German team. She holds a PhD in European and Global Studies from Lancaster University and studied sociology, cultural and political sciences and journalism at the Universities of Leipzig and Rome (La Sapienza). Her research interests lie in the area of European integration, European public spheres and the sociology of European societies. Ulrike is particularly interested in public discourses on European policy issues and the diffusion and appropriation of European ideas. She has published various book chapters and articles.

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