Faculty

Faculty

The IMPRS-SPCE faculty is made up of professors from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, the Factulty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne, and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Three further members are affiliates.


Faculty members and affiliated faculty members

Political Economy
Lucio Baccaro's research interests cover a broad spectrum of themes in comparative and international political economy. At the moment, his research agenda focuses on growth models and their sociopolitical underpinnings and socioeconomic outcomes. [more]
Sociology
Jens Beckert's primary research interest is in the sociology of markets. He combines approaches from economics and sociology, with particular attention to the insights emerging from the new economic sociology. Using a theoretical framework that is both action-oriented and institution-oriented, he focuses on the social, institutional, and cultural embeddedness of the economy. [more]
Organization Studies
– not available as an advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2021 –
Organizational research as conducted by Mark Ebers constitutes a critical addition to the School. Organizations are core actors that constitute important opportunities and constraints for economic action, both with organizations and in the wider institutional fields of which organizations are a part. [more]
Sociology
Olivier Godechot is an economic sociologist interested in the study of labor markets, especially finance and academic labor markets, as a means to understand the development of unequal exchange relations at work and their impact on the dynamics of inequality. [more]
Political Science
– not available as an advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2021 –
Martin Höpner is a political scientist, Head of the Research Group on the Political Economy of European Integration at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cologne. The research group studies European integration from a comparative political economy point of view. [more]
Political Science
André Kaiser, who holds the Chair in Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne, is broadly interested in the causes and effects of political institutions. Understanding the role of institutions is crucial for any analysis of the economy since political decisions still account for the most influential regulatory interventions in modern economies. [more]
Sociology
Clemens Kroneberg is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. His research focuses on action theory and social networks; social boundary-making and the integration of ethnic minorities; and crime and deviance. [more]
Sociology
Sigrid Quack is the director of the KHK/Centre for Global Cooperation Research and holds the Chair of Comparative Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She is  a sociologist with an interdisciplinary orientation and is broadly interested in the preconditions, actors, and effects of the development of transnational and global institutions. [more]
Sociology
– not available as an advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2021 –
Karen Shire holds the Chair for Comparative Sociology and Japanese Society at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where she is also a member of the Institute of East Asian Studies and directs the Essen College for Gender Research. [more]
Political Science
Christine Trampusch holds the Chair of International Comparative Political Economy and Economic Sociology at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne. Her professorship is also the Liaison Chair (Brückenprofessur) to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Her research covers studies on the social and political foundations of labor markets and financial markets in advanced capitalist democracies. [more]
Socio-Economics
Till van Treeck is Professor and Managing Director at the Institute for Socio-Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is a macroeconomist/political economist with an interdisciplinary orientation. [more]
Sociology
– not available as an advisor for new IMPRS doctoral students in 2021 –
Leon Wansleben's scholarly interests are in political sociology, economic sociology, financialization, and sociological theory. His broader aim is to analyze changes in specific social fields in conjunction with broader capitalist transformations. [more]
Political Science
Cornelia Woll is a political scientist focusing on comparative and international political economy, in particular business−government relations and economic regulation in Europe and the United States. [more]
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