New Book:

Territorial and Social Inequalities in Europe

Challenges of European Integration

About this book

​This book examines social inequalities in Europe, especially those caused by economic factors. It starts with the paradox of European inequality, where on the one hand, even total income inequality in Europe is significantly lower than in most parts of the world; but on the other, Europe is also characterised by profound and durable inequalities within the continent. It discusses inequalities caused by the exclusion of marginalised groups from the labour market, with considerable and sometimes increasing differences between central and peripheral regions, pronounced wealth and labour market inequalities, and significant rates of persistent poverty, deprivation, educational poverty, low wages and unemployment. The book also discusses broader territorial inequalities, which are the basis for divisions between Northern and Southern Europe, East and West, between qualified and unqualified employees, younger and older people, men and women, and migrants and non-migrants. The book raises questions about the winners and losers of the social transformations linked to the introduction of the Euro, the Eastern enlargement of the EU, and the financial and Eurozone crises. It is based on a comprehensive analysis of a European-wide microdata set on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). The empirical research material, which is the first to deploy this data in a comprehensive manner, consists of detailed empirical analyses of social divisions and Europeanisation processes in 30 European countries. It analyses and explains the transformation of the previously dominant national spaces into a European social space.

This topical book is of interest to academics and students in the fields of sociology and comparative social sciences, along with those studying European regional geography, anthropology, international relations, and international politics.

Disputation Sven Broschinski

Sven Broschinski successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Dynamiken von Lohnungleichheiten in Europa. Betriebliche und arbeitsmarktpolitische Anpassungen während der Eurokrise" on 1 July 2020.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Tepe, First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heidenreich, Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Pernicka, Supervisor out of the Related Field: Prof. Trautwein, FK II, Supervisor of Choice: Prof. Dr. Mattes, FK I.

"Schwarzmarkt für nützliches Wissen und Nicht-Wissen" on 24 May 2019 at Spielstätte Exerzierhalle

Doppelte Dualisierung — Die Krisen der EU und Populismus als Vehikel

Die EU ist immer in der Krise. Aber die Krisen verändern und verschärfen sich mit ihrer Politisierung und der zunehmenden Bedeutung von Nationalismus und Populismus. Wie eine gelingende europäische (Sozial-)Politik aussehen kann und wie nationalstaatliche Strukturen sich dadurch verändern werden, beschäftigt Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich, Europaforscher und Leiter des Jean Monnet Centre für Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations.

DGS Section Economic Sociology: Spring conference on "Wirtschaft und soziale Ungleichheit" 16/17 May 2019

Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich gives a lecture on "Zwischen Konvergenz und Kooperation. Wirtschaftliche Disparitäten in der EU" auf der Frühjahrs-Tagung der DGS-Sektion Wirtschaftssoziologie zum Thema "Wirtschaft und soziale Ungleichheit". Der Vortrag ist für Donnerstag 9:30 Uhr eingeplant.

European Federalists' Reception on 5 May 2019
Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich's lecture: Europa als Sozialprojekt - was muss sich ändern in unserer EU?

Disputation Thomas Jackwerth

Thomas Jackwerth successfully defended his doctoral thesis "The openess of corporate innovation processes. A mechanism-based analysis of innovation projects in the wind energy industry" on 24 April 2019.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Tepe, First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Heidenreich, Second Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mattes, Supervisor out of the Related Field: Prof. Dr. Siebenhüner, FK II, Supervisor of Choice: Prof. Dr. Peinke, FK V.

Lower Saxony Research Prize for Sociologist Jannika Mattes

21.11.2018: Press Release 389/18 University of Oldenburg:
Lower Saxony Research Prize for Sociologist Jannika Mattes

Prof. Dr. Jannika Mattes, Junior Professor at the Institute for Social Sciences, University of Oldenburg, was awarded the 2018 research prize by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture. The prize was designed for personalities that make significant contributions through their outstanding scientific work as well as in the field of university development. The jury appreciated Jannika Mattes' research on entrepreneurial innovation strategies and societal change with regard to energy transition.

Visiting fellowship Jenny Preunkert

Visiting fellowship at the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris

Das "Projekt Europa" in Zeiten des Populismus
Brauchen wir eine neue Idee von Europa und ein neues Politikverständnis?


Rebecca Harms (Member of the European Parliament)

Panel discussion

Rebecca Harms (Member of the European Parliament)

Prof. Dr. Jan Delhey (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards (Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg)

(Changed: 19 Dec 2022)