Apply now to the IMPRS-SPCE doctoral program

We welcome applications to the IMPRS-SPCE program once a year from mid-December to late February. The application procedure for the IMPRS-SPCE is conducted exclusively online. Speculative applications will not be considered.


The future in crisis

March 30, 2021

In a crisis, the future seems intangible and difficult to grasp. Yet for social science research, perceptions of the future are an important part of understanding crises. As the current coronavirus pandemic and before it the 2007 financial crisis or the Brexit vote show, to overcome a crisis ...


Fields of Research

Aiming to combine and develop the approaches of economic sociology, comparative and international political economy, and organization studies, the School’s research investigates the complex linkages between economic and social action.

Our Students

The IMPRS-SPCE admits up to eight students a year. The ability to do scholarly work in English is a prerequisite for admission. We welcome students from Germany and abroad.

Living in Cologne

Based at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in the heart of southern Cologne (the Südstadt) and the University of Cologne, graduate students at the IMPRS-SPCE can start to explore Germany from their local Severin and Sülz neighborhoods.
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