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Mathias Albert

Prof. Dr. Mathias Albert

Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Sociology and Honorary Professor at the University of Aarhus/Denmark. His work is on various aspects of international relations and world society theory. Recent books in the field include New Systems Theories of World Politics (co-ed. with L.-E. Cederman and A. Wendt, Palgrave 2010) and Bringing Sociology to IR. World Politics as Differentiation Theory (co-ed. with B. Buzan and M. Zürn, Cambridge 2013). He is currently working on a book entitled A Theory of World Politics.


Ulrike Davy

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Davy

Ulrike Davy is professor for constitutional and administrative law, German and international social law, and comparative law at the Faculty of Law of Bielefeld University. Additionally, she is the managing director of the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF) and member of the University Council of Bielefeld University. Her research concentrates on migration and refugee law, history and theory of the welfare state, European social policy, and universal human rights law, in particular, social rights and the right to equality. Recent publications: Exploring global social citizenship: Human rights perspectives. International Journal of Social Welfare 22, 2013, Supplement 1 (ed., with Benjamin Davy and Lutz Leisering); How human rights shape global social citizenship. On citizenship and the understanding of economic and social rights. Washington University Global Studies Law Review 2014 (in print).


Alexandra Kaasch

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Kaasch

Alexandra Kaasch is Junior Professor in Transnational Social Policy at the Faculty of Sociology (Bielefeld University). Her research interests are in the fields of comparative and global social policy and governance. Among her recent publications are Actors and Agency in Global Social Governance (2015, co-edited with Kerstin Martens, Oxford University Press), Shaping Global Health Policy (2015, Palgrave Macmillan), and Transformations in Global and Regional Social Policy (2014, co-edited with Paul Stubbs).


Ralf Rapior

Ralf Rapior

Working as an instructor in political sociology and political science at Bielefeld University, Ralf Rapior develops his dissertation project under the (working) title: Between Empires and World Society - Global Dynamics of Political Modernization. It´s focus lies on the emergence of politics as a subsystem of contemporary world society from a global historical sociological perspective, emphasizing on the interplay between imperial trajectories and political development in modernity. His basic fields of research are global political and historical sociology, and theories and histories of empires, states, and globalizations / world society.


Tobias Werron

Tobias Werron

is Professor of Sociological Theory at the Faculty of Sociology. His main areas of research are globalization and world society theory, sociology of competition, media sociology, and the sociology of sport. He is currently working on a book on the sociology of competition. Recent publications in the area of world society studies include the book "From Globalization to World Society" (2014, edited together with Boris Holzer and Fatima Kastner) and the articles "Worum konkurrieren Nationalstaaten? Zu Begriff und Geschichte der Konkurrenz um ‚weiche‘ globale Güter" (Zeitschrift für Soziologie 41, 2012, pp. 338-355; awarded with the 2nd price by the “Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für sozialwissenschaftliche Aufsätze”, 2012), "Schlüsselprobleme der Globalisierungs- und Weltgesellschaftstheorie" (Soziologische Revue 35, 2012, pp. 99-218), and "Wie ist Globalisierung möglich? Zur Entstehung globaler Vergleichshorizonte am Beispiel von Wissenschaft und Sport" (Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 41, 2011, 359-394, together with Bettina Heintz).