Research Explorer Ruhr: Hosts and Application
Humanities and Social Sciences
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Institute for Healthcare Management and Research
The working group "Healthcare system, health policy and governance of pharmaceuticals" focusses on aspects of financial, organizational and incentive structures in healthcare systems, including e.g. questions of risk adjustment, physician remuneration and pharmaceutical regulation. The projects of the group include special questions concerning national healthcare systems as well as international comparative research.
We welcome candidates who would like to join us in our work on one or more of our research topics. The perfect candidate is proficient in English, has a profound background in the research topic (PhD candidate or post doc) and is interested in the German health care system. Empirical expertise is of advantage.
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Intercultural Psychology Group - Migration and Integration
The group's research is in the area of social-developmental and educational psychology. One line of research focuses on intergroup relations in the classroom (e.g., cross-ethnic friendships but also student-teacher relationships), and the socio-cultural adaptation of immigrant and ethnic minority adolescents. Here we aim to separate processes of normative development that affect all adolescents from acculturative processes that are specific to adolescents with a migration background. Another line of research centers around civic engagement from a comparative perspective (e.g., across ethnic groups but also across cultures). We use a variety of mostly quantitative methods, including surveys, experiments, and classroom observations. The language of the work group is English.
The ideal candidate has a background in psychology, sociology or a closely related discipline. They should have a strong research interest in social development and intergroup relations. The ideal candidate is creative and independent-minded and shows potential to develop their own programmatic line of research, preferably evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Experience in school-based research is a plus as is expertise in advanced quantitative research methods (e.g., multi-level analysis of large-scale and/or longitudinal datasets).
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Institute of Education
Research on Socialisation
Our research group examines processes of socialisation with special attention to childhood (and youth) in contexts of migration and transnationality. We link an interactionistic perspective with theories of structural reproduction.
In an ongoing study which is rooted in the sociology of childhood we focus on different social worlds of refugee children and their families living in Germany. Our project will contribute to research on refugee children by considering a) children’s actorship, b) the processuality of social positioning c) the heterogeneity of (generational) expectations perceived and managed by children in different social worlds (family, school, peers). We will take into account d) the multi-local reference groups of refugee children. By doing so, our study contributes to the formal theory of childhood and processes of social/generational ordering.
Another current research project focuses on transnational childhood in the context of temporary migration of mothers (like it is the case for Polish caregivers in Germany).
Our aim is to enrich and broaden the scope of our research by including perspectives from (and on) other countries/societies.
We welcome any candidate who works in the field of sociology of childhood, youth and/or family. The perfect candidate is interested in transnational phenomena and migration processes. Empirical knowledge in childhood studies is appreciated. In our methodological approaches we draw from qualitative and ethnographic methods, applying the analytical procedures of Grounded Theory. The candidate should have some practical experience with these approaches.
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Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies
The Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies was founded with the aim of combining research on the causes and structures of collective, state-based persecution and violence with a pointed research on the individual, social and political consequences of collective violence. The bridge between research on genocide and research on exile, migrations, memory and trauma forms the guiding principle of our work: neither do collective forms of violence begin nor end up with the deaths caused thereby. They have a prehistory of persecution, and they also ask to investigate the post-history of survival, migration, and traumatic long-term consequences over several generations. With this guiding principle, the institute not only has an independent research perspective, but also underlines the obligation to consciously take over social responsibilities.
Field of research:
- Genocide as a State Policy
- Knowledge, Ideology, Politics
- Minorities: History, Rights, Social Places
- Memory, Narratives, Intergenerational Consequences
- Loss, Trauma, Transmission
Candidates from all fields of Humanities (e.g. History, Philosophy, Literature), Social Science, Political Science or the fields of International Law, respectively International Criminal Law, are welcome.
The PhD-projects of candidates may deal with:
- theoretical or methodological questions of the research about collective violence, genocide and forced migration;
- case-studies concerning particular aspects of collective violence or comparative studies;
- questions concerning punishment and prevention of collective violence and severe violation of human rights in international law;
- questions about survival and trauma, recollection and memory.
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Faculty of Historical Sciences
Medieval History (Late Middle Ages)
My work focuses on late medieval court culture in a broad perspective: with an accent on the courts of Burgundy and France, my main interest lies in developing new approaches towards a "cultural history of politics". In this context, I am currently working on late medieval astrologers as "experts" and "scientific political advisers", but also more generally on practices of decision-making and the social processes involved in the construction of the political sphere. This research also puts a strong accent on "knowledge", which plays a vital role: I have a strong interest in research on the creation and implementation of knowledge, including the pertinent social processes, conflicts, and groups.
A second important facet of my work concerns late medieval "images of the world" (Weltbilder) and their effects: With a focus on geographical and political systems of «order» and their textual and visual representation (maps etc.), I work, amongst others, on the role and perception of continents (particularly Europe).
We welcome any candidate who envisages to work on a subject concerning the late Middle Ages in Europe and beyond. We are particularly looking for researchers with the capacity to work on vernacular sources in French or other Romance languages, and who share our interest in questions and approaches that are informed by the perspective of cultural studies / cultural history, and who enjoy working in a young and motivated team.
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Faculty of Law
Chair of Procedural Law and Civil Law
The chair of Procedural Law and Civil Law is working on most of the particular fields of said realms of law: Contract law, law of property, possession and real estate, family law and the law of succession as the particular fields of civil law; in the area of Procedural Law the research focus is on the law of the constitution of the courts, constitutional as well as civil procedural law, law of enforcement and bankruptcy law.
Above all, we are focussed on the German legal system and its specific methods - the so called German dogmatics of law. Against this background, however, we are engaged in the International Legal Dialogue and in studies in Comparative Law.
Our perfect candidate would be graduated in one of the fields of law mentioned above. He or she would be curious about the German legal system, especially about Procedural and Civil Law. Further, the desired candidate will need to be proficient in both German and English, also it is required that he or she has a substantial legal vocabulary. Finally, he or she has pronounced social and communicative competences and enjoys partaking in the exploration of various cultures.
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Philosophy and Educational Science
Research Center for Classical German Philosophy / Hegel-Archive
The Bochum Research Center for Classical German Philosophy / Hegel-Archive is a forum for scholars on every career level (graduate students, post-docs, professors) who are interested in various aspects of German philosophy around 1800. The members meet in a biweekly research colloquium. A larger public partakes in invited talks such as the annual Bochum Hegel Lecture, in conferences and in workshops. The Research Center's mission is to extend the view on the classical period of German philosophy beyond the narrow scope that has often been defined exlusively with regard to Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel as post-kantian "German Idealism." The Research Center stands for a broader, more inclusive approach: Its projects focus on the whole variety of thinkers involved in the philosophical debates around 1800 and examine potential contributions of Classical German Philosophy to today's discussions about systematic problems. Since 2017 the Hegel-Archive and its library are fully integrated in the Research Center.
The perfect candidate works on or has already completed a PhD thesis in philosophy (or comparable). She or he has a strong interest in Classical German Philosophy and wants to pursue a research project (PhD or post doc) within the international scholarly network of the Research Center. She or he has already a sufficient understanding of German that enables her or him to follow at least passively the philosophical discussions at the Research Center.
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Chair of Practical Philosophy
I am working on Kantian Ethics, especially the differentiation between positive duties, negative duties and supererogation. Furthermore I have worked on contemporary problems like global poverty and migration and their relation to human rights, social justice and human dignity. I am also interested in business ethics and consumer ethics.
The perfect candidate has a background in moral and/or political philosophy, knows the debates about duties and supererogation and/or the debates on human rights, global poverty, social justice and migration, the discussion about ideal and non-ideal theory and Rawlsian political philosophy. He or she is specialized in one of these issues and willing to discuss his or her project with my PhD students, postdocs and guest professor.
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