Social Science Research Center Berlin
The Social Science Research Center Berlin (German: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB), also known by its German initials WZB, is an internationally renowned research institute for the social sciences, the largest such institution in Europe not affiliated with a university.
It was founded in 1969 through an all-party initiative of the German Bundestag. Around 140 German and foreign sociologists, political scientists, economists, historians, statisticians, computer scientists and legal scholars work in the WZB conducting basic research on selected social and political issues, concentrating on the industrialized societies of Japan and the West, as well as the transformations of Central and Eastern Europe and China. The question of globalization is of particular importance.
The WZB is organized into four research areas:
- Education, work and life opportunities
- Market policies
- socioeconomic impacts
- Civil society, conflicts and democracy
Constituted as a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH), ownership is shared between the federal government (75 percent) and the city-state of Berlin (25 percent). WZB is a member of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Scientific Community.
Although not a university body, it collaborates with Free University of Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt University, Technical University of Berlin, as well as with research institutions abroad. Many WZB scientists are also university professors or hold teaching assignments.
Recent presidents of the WZB have included Meinolf Dierkes (1980–1987), Wolfgang Zapf (1987–1994), Friedhelm Neidhardt (1994–2000), and historian Jürgen Kocka (2001–2007). The current president is sociologist Jutta Allmendinger.
WZB is said to be the largest such research institution for the social sciences in Europe. Around 140 social scientists are conducting research on the developmental trends, problems of adaptation, and possibilities for innovation in modern societies.
People affiliated with WZB
- "Brief Timeline of the WZB", accessed 2008-07-02
- "Positioning WZB Research in the Scientific Landscape", accessed 2008-07-02
- Former Presidents, accessed 2008-07-02
- Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, curriculum vitae, accessed 2008-07-02