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Decoding Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Bremen found key protein for cell death

Prof. Kathrin Maedler and her colleagues have found a key protein underlying the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Therapeutic strategies targeting this protein could protect beta cells both in type 1 and in type 2 diabetes.

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Dr. Helen Walden

University of Dundee

Field

Biology

Academic discipline

Natural sciences/Engineering/Agricultural sciences

Area of specialisation

Structural Biology, Biophysics, Biochemistry

Research interests

Mechanisms of protein ubiquitination; neurodegeneration; cancer biology


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Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler


Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH

Area of specialisation

Simulation of innovation processes in complex social systems

Research interests

Innovation networks University–industry links Management and policy for emerging technologies Knowledge-intensive industrial architecture Complex social systems Agent-based simulation

Prof. Jutta Allmendinger PhD


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Sociology of the labour market Sociology of education Social inequality Social policy Organisational sociology Sociology of the life course

Dr. Elisabeth Anstett


CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Area of specialisation

Social anthropology of mass violence and genocide

Research interests

Victims research and idendification; Burial rituals; Social uses of DNA; Legal status of human bodies part; Material culture and Museum; Recycling

Prof. Dr. Eva Barlösius


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

Area of specialisation

Sociology, especially sociology of inequality, sociology of science, agrarian and nutrition sociology

Research interests

Representations of social inequalities Structure and evaluation of the academic field Sociology of food

Prof. Dr. K.Th. Bijsterveld


Maastricht University

Area of specialisation

Science and Technology Studies (History, Anthropology and Sociology of Science and Technology); Sound Studies

Research interests

Themes at the crossroads of History, Science and Technology Studies, and Sound Studies. Examples are history of noise as a public problem, developments in musical instrument design, sound technologies and everyday practices, history of car sound design, history of car radio, media representations of urban soundscapes, soundscapes of the past, and the role of sound and listening in science, engineering and medicine.

Prof. Georgina Born PhD


University of Oxford

Area of specialisation

Anthropology and sociology of culture, music, art and media. Ethnography of complex institutions. Interdisciplinarity. New media and digitization. Specialisms include: media and cultural production, cultural politics and cultural institutions (high cultural, museums, media organizations). Post-Bourdieuian social theory. Post-Adornian critical theory. Anthropological theory. Mediation theories. Ethnography. Modernism and postmodernism in music and art; art-science. Music and technology, music and digitization. Music, sound and space. Theories of the avant-garde. Intellectual property, authorship, and creativity. Media and cultural policy and media regulation; public service broadcasting; television.

Research interests

Cultural production, cultural politics and cultural institutions (high cultural, museums and media organizations). Post-Bourdieuian social theory. Post-Adornian critical theory. Anthropological theory. Mediation theories. Ethnography. Sociology and anthropology of music and art; modernism and postmodernism in music and art; art-science. Music and technology, music and digitization. Music, sound and space. Theories of the avant-garde. Intellectual property, authorship, and creativity. Media and cultural policy and media regulation; public service broadcasting; television, including documentary, drama, news and current affairs. Genre theory. Digitization and new media.

Prof. Mary Bosworth


University of Oxford, Centre for Criminology

Area of specialisation

Criminology

Research interests

Prisons, punishment, immigration detention, migration control, gender, race and citizenship in UK, USA, Australia, France and Greece

Prof. Dr. Daniela Braun


Fachhochschule Koblenz

Area of specialisation

Aesthetics and communication, the study of childhood

Research interests

Research on creativity Research on education Media and communication

Dr. Bettina Bruns


Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

Area of specialisation

sociology, social geography

Research interests

border research research of informal economic practices research of extraterritorial engagement of the EU sociology of Europe qualitative empirical research ethnography Primary research focus is Eastern Europe

Prof. Dr. Monica Budowski


University of Fribourg

Area of specialisation

social inequalities, poverty, precariousness, vulnerability, welfare regimes, social policy in Latin America, gender and family studies, sociology of health, comparative analysis

Research interests

social inequalities poverty, precariousness, vulnerability development policies, welfare regimes gender and family studies sociology of health

Sara Lindsey Carter


University of Strathclyde Business School

Area of specialisation

Management, Entrepreneurship

Research interests

Entrepreneurship policy & practice. The effects of self-employment and small business ownership on the individual and the entrepreneurial household The perceptions and experiences of small business owners. The processes used by farm households in adjusting to agricultural restructuring and policy liberalization. Business diversity (women, ethnic minorities) and the acquisition of business finance.

Prof. Rebecca Cassidy


Goldsmiths, University of London

Area of specialisation

Gambling

Research interests

Gambling in Europe, international horseracing, use of participant observation to study gambling environments including betting shops, racecourses, casinos Remote gambling Social and political histories of gambling regulation

Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs


Philipps-Universität Marburg

Area of specialisation

Development policy, the politics of Southeast Asia and the Middle East, political Islam, politics and gender

Research interests

Development Political transformation and transnational movements in Southeast Asia and the Middle East

Dr. Caroline Dewilde


Universität Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

Sociology, Social Policy, Housing Studies

Research interests

Social stratification inequality and poverty dynamics life-courses in modern societies comparative welfare state research housing regimes and home-ownership quantitative (longitudinal) data-analysis consequences of divorce economic well-being of the elderly

Prof. Annik Dubied Losa


Université de Genève

Area of specialisation

Field: sociology of media / sociology of journalism. Specialisation: popular culture / popular journalism

Prof. Dr. Julia Eckert


Universität Bern

Area of specialisation

Legal anthropology, conflict theory, the anthropology of the modern state, social and religious movements

Research interests

The transnationalisation of legal norms Crime and punishment Responsibility and liability Norms of justice Security Citizenship

Dr. Christina Eder


GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Area of specialisation

Political participation and political representation

Research interests

Different types of political participation, in particular, direct democracy, electoral research, political trust, women's representation

Dr. Monika Eigmüller


Universität Leipzig

Area of specialisation

Sociology, political sociology

Research interests

Historical sociology Sociology of Europe Sociology of social policy Research on the welfare state Comparative social research Sociology of migration and borders

Prof. Dr. A.W.M. Evers


Leiden University

Area of specialisation

Professor of Health Psychology.

Research interests

Prof. Andrea Evers' research focuses on the role of psychobiological factors and interventions in chronic somatic conditions, with particular emphasis on research about placebo effects and related treatments, stress and psychoneuroimmunology, sensitization of physical symptoms of pain and itch, tailored cognitive behavior therapy and E-health interventions.

Dr. Naika Foroutan


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Katja Franko Aas


University of Oslo

Area of specialisation

Criminology

Research interests

The use of advanced information and communication technologies in contemporary crime control strategies, border controls in particular. Globalization processes and their impact on criminology and criminal justice.

Prof. Miriam Anne Glucksmann


University of Essex

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow


Goethe University

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Social stratification Institutional and cultural change in international comparative perspective Welfare states Life course Gender Labor market Globalization Quantitative and qualitative longitudinal methods

Dr. Miriam Hartlapp


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin

Area of specialisation

European integration

Research interests

Compliance and implementation governance; regulation; political system of the EU (in particular, the European Commission); social and employment policy

Prof. Dr. Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Area of specialisation

Ethnology at the intersection of religion and politics, gender and kinship, ethnology of space. Regional: Southeast Asia, Oceania

Research interests

Political organisation of religious spaces and rituals Gender Constitution of cultural ownership Material culture

Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins


Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Area of specialisation

Catholic theology, Christian social ethics / Christian social sciences

Research interests

Human rights Social ethics of education Religious freedom Religious politics Gender ethics Foundations of Christian social ethics (hermeneutic and normative questions in theological ethics, contextual theological ethics)

Prof. Dr. Ann Heylighen


KU Leuven (University of Leuven)

Area of specialisation

design research

Research interests

architectural design, autism, blindness, built heritage, dementia, design education, disability, hospital environments, inclusive design, sensory impairments

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Hiß


Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Area of specialisation

Economic sociology, organizational sociology, political economy

Research interests

Sustainability (corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing) Sociology of financial markets (credit, rating, scoring)

Prof. Dr. Susanne Ihsen


Technische Universität München

Area of specialisation

Gender Studies

Research interests

Gender and diversity in (scientific) organisations Gender and diversity in engineering training and in the engineering profession Gender and diversity in technological research

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Jansen


German University of Admninistrative Sciences

Research interests

Organisation Studies, NGOs and new instruments in conflict mediation, Research on Science and Innovation Systems, Technology Assessment, Environmental Sociology, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociology of Science, Science & Technology and Development, Methods and Statistics. Using New methods answering Questions such as Game Theory, Event History Analysis, or new tools for Network Analysis and Multi-Level Systems (Siena, Pajek).

Dr. Silja Klepp


University of Bremen

Area of specialisation

Legal Anthropology; Political Anthropology; Mobility Studies; Migration, Political Ecology; Environmental Anthropology; Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Research interests

Migration regimes and border regimes Transnationalisation and globalisation processes Environmental migration Social and cultural effects of climate change Mediterranean region Oceania European Union

Prof. Dr. Karin Knorr Cetina


Universität Konstanz

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Sociology of knowledge; sociology of finance; economic sociology; contemporary social theory; globalisation; cultural sociology; qualitative methods; ethnography

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Knörr


Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology

Area of specialisation

Political anthropology, urban anthropology, anthropology of migration, ethnolinguistics, creole studies, cognitive anthropology, ethnosociology

Research interests

Thematic interests: Integration and conflict, ethnic and cultural diversity, cultural contact, identity, migration/remigration, creoleness and creolisation, postcolonial societies, nationalism, ethnicity, transnationalism, indigenisation, ethnogenesis, diaspora, expatriate communities, urban anthropology, gender Regional interests: West Africa, Indonesia, Central Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands), Caribbean, maritime societies (Atlantic and Indian Ocean)

Dr. Giselinde Maniouschka Marije Kuipers


University of Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

cultural sociology; media sociology; sociology of globalization; comparative-historical sociology

Research interests

culture; globalization; humor; beauty; media; cultural industries; Europe; cross-national comparison; nation differences

Dr. Judit Lienert


Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Area of specialisation

Decision analysis, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), Transdisciplinary research, Stakeholder participation, Water supply and wastewater management, Water resources management

Research interests

Interface between social, natural and engineering sciences, to support decision makers in making better-informed, participatory, and sustainable decisions. Focus of research is water management, water supply and wastewater infrastructures, and novel decentralized technologies. Research background (PhD) in biology/ plant ecology.

Prof. Dr. Martina Löw


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Urban sociology and sociology of space Sociology of gender and sexuality Women's and gender studies Sociological theory Space-related social analysis

Prof. Dr. Katharina Maag Merki


University of Zurich

Area of specialisation

Empirical education research, school effectiveness research, educational governance

Research interests

Empirical educational research Competency development School effectiveness research School quality and school development research Educational governance Output and process control

Prof. Ruth Helen Mace


University College London

Area of specialisation

Evolutionary anthropology, evolution of human behaviour and culture, evolutionary economics.

Research interests

Reproductive decision making The evolution of co-operation in human societies The evolution of cultural norms Kinship

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens


Universität Bremen

Area of specialisation

International relations

Research interests

NGOs International organisations, UNO, OECD Education policy, PISA, Bologna Process

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Renate Mayntz


Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung

Area of specialisation

Political regulation/ governance (national and international), relationship between academics and politics, relationship between economy and politics; social theory, micro-macro relations, methodology

Research interests

Emergent processes Expert policy advice Regulation of financial markets International organisations

Dr. Martina Merz


University of Helsinki

Area of specialisation

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Studies; Sociology of science, technology, innovation, and higher education; Sociology of knowledge & culture; Qualitative social science research; Gender studies

Research interests

Knowledge cultures in contemporary societies Scientific practices, especially modeling, simulation, imaging, computing Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation and its institutional forms Science organization and governance Digital information and communication technologies Methodology of qualitative social science

Dr. habil. Fanny Meunier


Groupe SPIN -L2C2

Area of specialisation

Cognitive science

Research interests

Neurocognition of language Speech Dyslexia Social dominance

Dr. Judith Miggelbrink


Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde

Area of specialisation

social geography

Research interests

space and region in human, social and political geography: social production of space periphery – shrinking regions – marginalization border studies: external border of the European Union small-scale trade and smuggling risks and borders external/extraterritorial governance indigeneity and land-use conflicts: Sámi people in Fennoscandia timber conflicts visual geographies: images and maps in everyday practices

Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr


Universität Utrecht

Area of specialisation

International relations, regimes and systems of human rights, democracy research and transitional justice, human rights

Research interests

Effect and interrelationship of processes of coming to terms with the past Transitional justice and the quality of democracy

Prof. Dr. M.C. Mills


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Area of specialisation

sociology, demography, statistics, genetics and behaviour

Research interests

fertility, genetics and behaviour, assortative mating, event history analysis, cross-national comparative research, life course

Prof. Dr. Ingvill C. Mochmann


Cologne Business School

Area of specialisation

Social Sciences

Research interests

Democracy and minority rights, children born of war, party systems and electoral behaviour, life style research, intercultural management, women in leadership, cross-cultural research, mixed methods, hidden populations, participatory research

Dr. Laura Morales


University of Leicester

Area of specialisation

Political behaviour, comparative politics, governmental responsiveness, the politics of immigration, public opinion, social capital, gender and politics.

Research interests

Currently working on how governments respond to different expressions of the public opinion.

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Maria Nickel


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

Gender studies, sociology of work, industrial and organisational sociology

Research interests

Changes in gender relations Female labour and employment Changes in work in the transition from an industrial to a service/knowledge society Transformation of East Germany / formerly socialist countries / German unification

Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Area of specialisation

Theory and history of science, with an emphasis on the history and philosophy of biology

Research interests

History of the experimental life sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries Classical natural history, ca. 1800 Processes of scientific modelling Individual and collective research methodologies

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Nowicka


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Migration and spatial mobility, transnationalism Cosmopolitanism, socio-cultural diversity, space and society Globalisation and modernisation theories, social inequalities

Prof. Helga Nowotny PhD


Research interests

Social Studies of Science and Technology (STS) Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; Science and Society Social Time Risk, environment, sustainability Epistemology and social organisation of social sciences and humanities

Prof. Dr. Albertine Oldehinkel


Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen

Area of specialisation

Psychiatry, lifecourse epidemiology

Research interests

Developmental psychopathology Affective disorders Susceptibility to the environment Gender differences

Dr. Brienna Perelli-Harris


University of Southampton

Area of specialisation

Demography, sociology

Research interests

Family, fertility, marriage, cohabitation

Prof. Dr. Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka


Universität Bielefeld

Area of specialisation

Social anthropology: political anthropology

Research interests

Perspectives from social anthropology on globalisation processes Political anthropology: in particular, ethnicity, integration studies and minority studies Democratisation processes in sub-national contexts Nexus of inequality and heterogeneity Politics of belonging Ethnicity, legal anthropology, in particular, human rights and minority rights Cultural change and intercultural communication Research into ritual

Prof. Dr. Birgit Pfau-Effinger


Universität Hamburg

Area of specialisation

International comparative sociology, Historical institutionalism, Comparative Social Policy, Sociology of Welfare States, Family Sociology, Gender Sociology, Labour Market Sociology, Sociology of the Informal Economy, Sociology of the Society-Animal Relationship

Research interests

Cultural and institutional change in cross-national comparison Cross-national differences in the development of welfare states and welfare culture Cross-national analyses of local welfare systems and welfare cultures Family policies and childcare structures in the European Union Cross-national analyses of women's employment in cultural and institutional context Change in gender arrangements and gender culture History of the male breadwinner family model Cross-national differences in the informal sector Classifiaction model of undeclared work Cross-national analyses of long-term care policies and their impact Family care regimes in Europe Change in the institutional and cultural framework of the society-animal relationship

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Quack


Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung, Köln

Area of specialisation

Institution building across borders, economic globalisation, changing institutions, methods of comparative and transnational social research

Research interests

Transnational governance in areas of copyright, accounting standards, and workplace and environmental standards History of the regulation of global markets Access to cultural goods in global knowledge markets

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt


GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Area of specialisation

Psychological diagnostics, survey methodology

Research interests

Developing questionnaires Answer formats Answer trends Cultural adaptation of questionnaires

Dr. Victoria Reyes García


Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals

Area of specialisation

Ethnoecology

Research interests

Ecological anthropology Conservation and development Indigenous peoples Protected areas and indigenous territories Ethnobotany

Prof. Dr. Martina Roes


University Witten/Herdecke

Area of specialisation

Case / Care Management / Transitional Care, Quality IssuesDissemination and Implementation Research

Research interests

Implementation and Dissemination Research Health care policy case management for people with dementia

Dr. Evelyn Runge


Universität Hildesheim

Dr. Simone Scherger


Universität Bremen

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Life course, age and ageing, social policy, generations, cultural participation, social inequality

Dr. Silke Schneider


GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

Area of specialisation

Sociology, Social science research methods

Research interests

Social stratification and social inequality Education and the life course Official education statistics Cross-nationally comparative research Educational systems and classifications Survey methodology Measurement quality

Dr. habil. Karen Schönwälder


Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften, Göttingen

Area of specialisation

Migration, ethnically diverse societies, integration policy

Research interests

Currently: Interethnic social interactions Political incorporation of immigrants Political institutions and diversity

Dr. Rebecca Sear


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Area of specialisation

Evolutionary ecology and demography

Research interests

Evolutionary demography; human evolutionary ecology Influences of kin on fertility and mortality; relationships between health and demographic outcomes

Prof. Dr. Karen A. Shire


Universität Duisburg-Essen

Area of specialisation

Sociology and East Asian Regional Studies, Japanese Society

Research interests

Comparative and Historical Sociology, Social Institutional Change, especially Labor and Employment Relations, Sociology of Work, Gender Studies

Prof. Dr. M.M.S.K. Sie


Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Area of specialisation

Philosophy; Philosophy of action, meta-ethics, moral psychology; developments in the cognitive sciences, brain sciences and social psychology.

Research interests

Moral agency, free will, moral responsibility, choice-architecture, adaptive unconscious, unreflective agency, social and moral psychology, neurosciences

Prof. Dr. Heike Solga


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Area of specialisation

Sociology

Research interests

Education Job market Life course

Prof. Dr. Tine Stein


Christian-Albrechts Universität Kiel

Area of specialisation

Political theory and the history of ideas

Research interests

Political theory of constitutional democracy Politics and religion Politics and nature Individuals as political actors Contemporary political thinking

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Joyce Tait


University of Edinburgh

Area of specialisation

Joyce Tait has an interdisciplinary background covering both natural and social sciences and has worked on the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and life science industries, specifically strategic planning for innovation, governance and regulation, and stakeholder attitudes and influences. Relevant life science areas include synthetic biology, genetic databases, regenerative medicine, GM crops, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and translational medicine.

Prof. Dr. Christiane Thompson


Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Area of specialisation

Philosophy of Ecuation Cultural Research of Education Theory and History of Bildung

Research interests

Studies in Authority and Education Processes of Bildung in Today's Society "Performance" [Leistung] as Educational Problem

Dr. Jacqueline Mignon Vink


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Area of specialisation

Twin research, genetics, addiction: smoking behavior and nicotine dependence, alcohol use, cannabis use, epidemiology, twin-family studies, gene finding, genome-wide association analysis.

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Area of specialisation

History and Theory of Culture Gender and Mentalities, Media Theory

Research interests

History of Gender History of Money History of Writing

Prof. Dr. Anke von Kügelgen


Universität Bern

Area of specialisation

Contemporary Arabic Philosophy

Dr. Karin Wiest


Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde

Area of specialisation

Comparative urban research, social and cultural geography, migration research, housing market research

Prof. Dr. Christine Wimbauer


Universität Duisburg-Essen

Area of specialisation

Sociology, in particular, gender sociology, social inequality and analysis of social structure, sociology of couple relationship and family sociology, (paid) work, organisations and social policy, sociological theory, qualitative methods

Research interests

Gender Social inequality Couple relationships and family Compatibility of career and family Dual-career couples Social and family policy

Dr. Cornelia Woll


Sciences Po, Paris

Area of specialisation

International and comparative political economics


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