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WZB supports March for Science in Berlin

In Budapest protestieren Menschen am 2. April gegen die drohende Schließung der Central European University (CEU), Foto: dpa
The freedom of research and teaching and the autonomy of scientists are under attack worldwide: in Turkey and Hungary, as recent incidents have shown, but also as a result of further restrictions such as the executive orders of US president Donald Trump. The WZB is deeply concerned about this trend. We believe that freedom of science is one of the key principles to ensure that society is ready to meet the challenges of the future. That is why we support the March for Science on April 22, 2017, an event for people worldwide to show their support for academic freedom. As an institute devoted to problem-oriented social science research, the WZB has produced empirically based answers to questions on social change since its foundation in 1969. The free exchange of thoughts and opinions among researchers worldwide is the lifeblood of our work. more
Forschung Study on transition into adulthood

Apprentices as happy with their lives as graduates

Ingrid Schoon. Foto: Udo Borchert.
Young people in the UK who pursued vocational training rather than university report being just as satisfied with their lives, according to new research by Ingrid Schoon, Research Professor at the WZB and Professor at the UCL Institute of Education in London, and Mark Lyons-Amos, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. more
Publikationen English WZB Report 2016

Law, Labor, and Democracy

Foto: Cover WZB Report 2016, Ullstein bild / Gisbert Paech
Our recently published English WZB Report 2016  reveals the WZB as an “institution brimming with life and energy”. Essays on global governance, economics and law, social inequality, religion, labor, and democracy show the various research contexts of our institute. While Hildegard Matthies explores the phenomena of “Burnout in the Modern World of Work” Justin Valasek shows the “Inefficiences in EU’s Fiscal Spending”. Silke Gülker explains in her article why it is time to reconsider the relationship between religion and science. Samuel Huntington’s theses are examined by Michael Zürn und Wolfgang Merkel. You will find the entire English WZB Report 2016 here. more
Forschung Nepal's refugee policy

The Power of Norms

Hugh Tuckfield; Foto: Martina Sander
Why did Nepal decide in 2007 to resettle over 100,000 refugees from Bhutan, but at the same time decide not to permit the resettlement of only 5,000 refugees from Tibet? More precisely, why did Nepal decide to conform to the human rights norms of the international refugee regime (that are argued to impose a responsibility to end refugee-hood with a durable solution) in the case of the more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees – and decide not to conform to them in the case of the Tibetan refugees? Hugh Tuckfield, Visiting Researcher of the Research Unit Global Governance examines in his PhD thesis how and why a small impoverished state such as Nepal is induced to conform to human rights norms in one case of protracted refugee-hood, the Bhutanese, and not another, the Tibetans? more