Principal Investigators


Professor Mathias Albert - Speaker (Political Science/IR)

Mathias Albert
Mathias Albert is Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University. He works on various aspects of international relations and world society theory. He is leading principle investigator for the Research Training Group (GK 2225) 'World Politics' and principle investigator on a project of the history of military force comparisons. A more recent research interest pertains to the politics of the polar regions. In addition, he is also active in research on youth (Shell youth studies). Recent books include A Theory of World Politics (Cambridge University Press 2016), Zur Politik der Weltgesellschaft (ed. with Nicole Deitelhoff and Gunther Hellmann, Springer 2018), and The Politics of International Political Theory (ed. with Ariella Lang, Palgrave, forthcoming 2018).


Professor Ulrike Davy (Law)

Ulrike Davy
Ulrike Davy is professor of constitutional and administrative law, German and international social law, and comparative law at the Faculty of Law of Bielefeld University. She is member of the University Council of Bielefeld University, principle investigator in the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 Practices of Comparison and principle investigator in the NRW Forschungskolleg Herausforderungen und Chancen globaler Flüchtlingsmigration für die Gesundheitsversorgung in Deutschland. Ulrike's 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 and non-discrimination.


Professor Angelika Epple (History)

Angelika Epple
Angelika Epple is professor of modern history, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) SFB 1288 "Practices of Comparing: Ordering and Changing the World" and vice-rector for International Affairs and Diversity. Her research interests include the history of global entanglements, global microhistory and locality studies, gender history, comparative history of historiography, and the communication of comparisons in history.


Professor Thomas Faist (Sociology)

Thomas Faist
Thomas Faist (PhD, New School for Social Research) is Professor for the Sociology of Transnationalization, Development and Migration at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University. His fields of interest are transnational relations, citizenship, social policy, development and migration. He held visiting professorships at Malmö University and the University of Toronto. Thomas Faist is a member of the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies, African Human Mobility Review, South Asian Diaspora, Social Inclusion, Migration and Development, Migration Letters, the Pakistan Journal of Social Issues, the "Key Issues in Sociology" Series of Anthem Press, and a former deputy editor of The Sociological Quarterly.


Professor Boris Holzer (Sociology; University of Konstanz)

Boris Holzer
Boris Holzer is Professor of General Sociology and Macrosociology at University of Konstanz. He earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has subsequently worked at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the University of Lucerne and Bielefeld University. His current research interests include political and economic sociology, sociological theory, sociology of world society and historical and comparative sociology.



Professor Alexandra Kaasch - Deputy Speaker (Political Science/Sociology)

Alexandra Kaasch
Alexandra Kaasch is Junior Professor in Transnational Social Policy at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University. Her research interests are in the fields of comparative and global social and health policy and governance. She is deputy speaker of the Research Training Group (GK 2225) 'World Politics', co-editor of the journal 'Global Social Policy' and the book series 'Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy'. Among her most important 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).


PD Dr. Martin Koch (Political Science/IR)

Martin Koch
Martin Koch is Assistant Professor at Bielefeld University. His research interests are international organizations, IR theories, organization studies, inter-organizational relations and international political sociology. In his current research he is working on (i) inter-organizational relations and its contributions to world order (with U. Franke) and (ii) the role of G20 in world politics.



Professor George Lawson (IR; LSE)

George Lawson
George Lawson is an Associate Professor in International Relations at LSE. He works on the relationship between history and theory, with a particular interest in historical sociology. This interest is applied to the study of revolutions and debates around ´global modernity´.


Professor Franz Mayer (Law)

Franz Mayer
Franz Mayer holds the Chair in Public Law, European Law, Public International Law, Comparative Law and Law and Politics at the University of Bielefeld. His research interests focus on EU law, constitutional law and Public International law; in general terms his research interests are best captured by the concepts of europeanization and internationalization of public law. More specifically he works on all aspects of European constitutional law, on European administrative law, on comparative public law with a focus on the US and France, on the relationship between European law and politics, on parliaments in times of globalization, on internet law.


Professor Detlef Sack (Political Science)

Detlef Sack
Detlef Sack is Professor of Comparative Political Science at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University. In 2017 he was a visiting professor at the German Studies Center of the Tongji University in Shanghai, China. His research interests include the study of comparative public policy and governance, issues of self-governance and legitimacy, as well as privatization, public private partnerships, public procurement and chambers of commerce in international comparison. His research also covers theories of democracy und sociologial institutionalism.


Professor Willibald Steinmetz (History)

Willibald Steinmetz
Willibald Steinmetz is professor of modern political history at the Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology, Bielefeld University. His research interests include theory and practice of historical discourse analysis, interactions between language use and political action in various institutional settings (18th - 20th centuries) and Anglo-American and continental European traditions of law in comparison (19th - 20th centuries).


Professor Andreas Vasilache (Political Science/IR)

Andreas Vasilache
Andreas Vasilache Andreas Vasilache is Professor for European Studies at Bielefeld University and Director of the Centre for German and European Studies (CGES) at Bielfeld University and Saint Petersburg State University. His research interests include International Relations (IR) and European Studies as well as International Political Theory (IPT), Europe-Asia Relations, Comparative Regionalization in World Society, intern- and transcultural relations and borders, boundaries and limits in World Society.


Professor Tobias Werron - Deputy Speaker (Sociology)

Tobias Werron
Tobias Werron is Professor of Sociological Theory at the Faculty of Sociology of Bielefeld University. His main current areas of research are globalization and world society theory, sociology of competition, media sociology, and the sociology of sport. He is currently working on two books: one about the sociology of competition and another about the "new" nationalism in a historical-sociological perspective. Recent publications in the area of world society studies include the book From Globalization to World Society (2014, ed. together with Boris Holzer and Fatima Kastner) and the articles Violent Conflictions. Armed Conflicts and Global Competition for Attention and Legitimacy (International Journal for Politics, Culture and Society, Online First, 2017, together with Teresa Koloma Beck).