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Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Professor for Sociology / Organisation, Migration, Participation

What is your particular interest in the project?

"My special interest in the research project is to understand and explain better the specific conditions of forced migration in the countries of origin and during the migration trajectory. After the refugee movement of 2015 to Europe, most societal and scientific interest is on the integration dynamics of these refugees in the EU countries of arrival – but the dramatic and challenging situation in most countries of origin remains the same or even gets worse. In this context, especially the role of organized violence in its different forms as structuring the migration trajectories and biographies is of interest."

Short CV
  • PhD (Dissertation) and habilitation at University of Erlangen, Germany, 1989 & 1995
  • Habilitation-Fellowship German Research Foundation (DFG) at El Colegio de Puebla, Mexico, 1992-1994 
  • Chair “Pierre Naville” at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, 1994-1996
  • Senior Researcher at University of Erlangen and stand-in of chairs in Sociology at University of Saarland and University of Göttingen, 1996-2001
  • Professor / Chair Sociology / Organisation, Migration, Participation at Ruhr-University, Bochum, since 2001
  • Visiting Fellow at School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, 2006
  • Chair “Wilhelm-and-Alexander-von-Humboldt” at El Colegio de México, Mexico City, 2015-2017
  • Member of the German Expert Council for Migration and Integration 2011-2015, Executive Committee of European Sociological Association (ESA), since 2019
  • Referee Activities for multiple Scientific Journals and Foundations/Institutions in Germany, Mexico, USA, Spain
Research Focus
  • Sociology of Migration and Transnationalism
  • Sociology of Labour and Organisation
  • Biographical Research
  • Comparative international research with quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Research in Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain and USA