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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer

Professor for Socialisation at Bielefeld University

Contact Information

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  • Phone: +49 521 106 3164

Current Positions

  • Project Head at ICVR
  • Series Editor "Kultur und Konflikt" (Suhrkamp Verlag), "Konflikt und Gewaltforschung" (Juventa Verlag), "Deutsche Zustände" (Suhrkamp Verlag), Co-editor "Jugendforschung" (Juventa Verlag), "Analysen zu gesellschaftlicher Integration und Desintegration" (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften)

Previous Positions

  • 2007-2014 Editor-in-Chief "International Journal of Conflict and Violence"
  • 1997-2013 Director of the Insitute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University.
  • 2004-2010 Speaker German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group 884 (with U. Wagner, Marburg)
  • 2007-2008 Project leader Research Group "Control of Violence", Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University (2007-2008)
  • 1986-1996 Project leader DFG Collaborative Research Center 227 "Prevention and Intervention in Infancy and Youth"

Areas of Expertise

  • Disintegration, Group-focused enmity, Ethno-Cultural Conflicts, Right-wing extremism, Violence

Current research topics

  • Public Debate on Violence

Main publications

W. Heitmeyer, N. Böckler and T. Seeger. 2010 (forthcoming). School-Shooting: A Double Loss of Control. In: Control of Violence. Historical and International Perspectives on Modern Societies, Springer, ed. W. Heitmeyer, H. G. Haupt, S. Malthaner, and A. Kirschner. New York: Springer.

W. Heitmeyer, U. Wagner, and O. Christ. 2010. Anti-Immigration Bias. In The SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination, ed. J. F. Dovidio, M. Hewstone, P. Glick, and V. M. Esses, 361-376. Sage Publications Ltd.

W. Heitmeyer, A. Zick, et al. 2008. The Syndrome of Group-Focused Enmity: The Interrelation of Prejudices Tested with multiple Cross-Sectional and Panel-Data. Journal of Social Issues 363-384.

W. Heitmeyer, P. Sitzer. 2008. Right-Wing Extremist Violence among Adolescents in Germany. Special Issue: Youth, Violence, and Social Disintegration, ed. W. Heitmeyer and S. Legge. New Directions for Youth Development 119: 169-185. San Francisco: Wiley.

W. Heitmeyer, R. Anhut. 2006. Disintegration, Recognition and Violence. Les C@hiers de Psychologie politique 9.

W. Heitmeyer. 2005. Right-wing terrorism. In Root Causes of Terrorism, 141-153, ed. T. Björgo. London and New York: Routledge.

W. Heitmeyer. 2004. Kontrollverluste. Zur Zukunft der Gewalt. [Loss of Control. On the Future of Violence]. In Gewalt [Violence], 86-107, ed. W. Heitmeyer and H.-G. Soeffner. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp Verlag.

W. Heitmeyer, J. Hagan. eds. 2003. International Handbook of Violence Research. Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

W. Heitmeyer. 2003. Have Cities ceased to Function as “Integration Machines” for Young People?. In Youth in Cities. A Cross-National Perspective, ed. M. Tienda and W. J. Wilson, 87–112. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.