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A.SK Social Science Award 2023

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Valerie Schmidt

For the ninth time, the WZB invites nominations for the A.SK Social Science Award, whose endowment of 100,000 euros makes it one of the largest international prizes in the social sciences. This year, for the first time, two “Bright Mind Awards” will be awarded to younger social scientists, with a prize sum of 20,000 euros each.

Kremlin and elites in times of war

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Martina Sander

Adrián del Rio Rodríguez, guest researcher of the Research Unit Transformations of Democracy, analyses in his research the origins and effects of elite divisions within authoritarian governments. For the online magazine The Conversation he wrote a piece on the current situation in Russia: “Kremlin and elites in times of war”.

Covid Mortality and National Culture

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How well did countries fare in containing the spread of Covid? How do we explain the differences between countries? A study by WZB researchers examines the role of cultural differences in the pandemic's early phase using data from 37 countries.

Majorities and Minorities

"Majorities, Minorities, and the Future of Nationhood," edited by Ruud Koopmans and Liav Orgad, focuses on the relationship between majorities and minorities.

Season's Greetings

At the end of the year we made music together at WZB. With a short music film we say goodbye to the year and wish all the best for 2023.

FIFA World Cup and human rights in Qatar

The propaganda effect of the rulers in Qatar did not catch on everywhere. This is shown by the first results of the Qatar PAYOFF study.

Long working hours and voter turnout

WZB researchers have investigated how long and unsociable working hours affect voter turnout.

How To Protect Academic Freedom?

A new publication covers the “University Autonomy Decline – Causes, Responses, and Implications for Academic Freedom".

Global warming and urbanization

Higher temperatures are causing people to move from rural areas to cities in the long run. 

"Black America is not a monolith"

Black migration is at the core of Tod Hamilton's research. Why the black population in the U.S. has been perceived as a monolith for so long, the professor of sociology at Princeton University explains in this interview. In May this year, Tod Hamilton gave the WZB Distinguished Lecture.

Giving during the pandemic

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected pro-sociality?