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Mathias Albert

Prof. Dr. Mathias Albert

Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University. He is currently also the speaker of the Research Training Group 'World Politics'. His current main research interests are the sociology and history of world politics and world society theory. Other major research fields are the politics of the polar regions and youth research. Recent publications include togehter with Tobias Werron (eds): What in the World? Understanding Global Social Change. Bristol: Bristol University Press (forthcoming 2021); together with Kerrin Langer: "Die Geschichte des Streitkräftevergleichs in der internationalen Politik: Machtvergleiche und die Macht des Vergleichens", Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen 27 (2020) (forthcoming) and "Von Ausbruchversuchen. Folgen und Schranken der Multiplizität", Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2019): 132-141.


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 Principal Investigator under the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Center 1288 Practices of Comparing, Principal Investigator under the DFG-funded Research Training Group World Politics, Principal Investigator under the NRW Forschungskolleg FlüGe, 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 and global social policy, and universal human rights law, in particular, social rights and the right to equality. Recent publications: Refugee Crisis in Germany and the Right to a Subsistence Minimum: Differences That Ought Not Be, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 47, 2 (2019) 370-450; Wenn Gleichheit in Gefahr ist. Staatliche Schutzpflichten und Schutzbedürftigkeit am Beispiel des Minderheitenschutzes und des Schutzes vor rassischer Diskriminierung, ZÖR 74, 4 (2019) 774-844; Sozialpolitik der Union, in: Matthias Niedobitek (Hg.), Europarecht. Berlin: de Gruyter, 1447-1568.


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.


Holger Straßheim

Prof. Dr. Holger Straßheim

Holger Strassheim is Professor of Political Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology and Visiting Fellow at the WZB Social Science Center. In his work he explores the intertwinement of science and politics in world society, the role of expertise in public policy, the ways economic discourses shape social regulation and the governance networks in and between policy areas such as consumer policy, food safety, energy, mobility, global health and climate change. Holger is appointed member of the Ethics Commission at Bielefeld University and elected board member at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (ISOS). He is a member of the editorial board of the Critical Policy Studies Journal and co-editor of the Advances in Critical Policy Book Series. Among his most recent publications is the "Handbook of Behavioural Change and Public Policy" (2019, co-edited with S. Beck.).


Tobias Werron

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).


How to contact us

Institute for World Society Studies
Bielefeld University
Faculty of Sociology
P.O. Box 100131 
33501 Bielefeld


Institute Manager
Catharina Wessing
Tel: 0049 (0)521 106 3360