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The Globalising World: Individual and Societal Developments

The Globalising World (Individual and Societal Developments)

The vision of a close interdisciplinary cooperation between social sciences and the humanities has a tradition at Bielefeld University that goes back to the generation of its founders. Their shared concern with theoretical and methodological questions has since brought the disciplines closer together. This focus of research illuminates complex processes of human and societal developments as well as social interaction and institutions from different disciplinary perspectives. The main interest is the research of human existence in different societies and contexts, taking into account the respective historical backgrounds.

Faculties Involved
Central Academic Institutes and Other Academic Institutes Involved
Major Contributing Projects and Initiatives
Ranking according to DFG Funding Atlas 2018

Scientific Discipline

9th in Humanities and Social Sciences (relative to staff size)


Research Area

5th in Social and Behavioral Sciences (absolute)


Research Field (Review Board)

  • 3rd in Social Science (absolute)
  • 3rd in Psychology (absolute)
  • 9th in Literary studies (absolute)