Curriculum Vitae

We neither know the results nor the benefits of understanding and explaining the world, but to give it a try is deeply human(e).

(mine: Ludger Pries)

Biographical summary

Born 1953 in Füchtorf/Northrhine-Westfalia; secondary school (Abitur) at Staatliches Gymnasium Warendorf 1972; vocational training and work as tool machinery technician until 1980.

Studies and degree in Social Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1980-1985); Ph.D. (1989) and habilitation (1995) at University Erlangen-Nürnberg; Research Fellow 1985-1990; postdoc- and habilitation fellowship and Visiting Professor 1990-1994 in Mexico; Pierre-Naville-Chair of Sociology Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana/Mexico 1994-1996; Senior Researcher, Research Professorship and Interim Professorships 1996-2001; 03/2001-09/2021: Chair of Sociology – Organisation, Migration, Participation at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Fields of expertise: Sociology of Work, Social Science of Organizations, Sociology of Migration and Refuge, Transnationalism and Globalisation Research, Life-Course Research and Biographical Analysis, International Comparison, Transnational Studies; Research and teaching in Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and the USA

Research grants and awards: successful application and procurement of more than 28 research projects/grants with competitive review and selection processes with a total of some 5 million Euros; René-König-Award of the German Association of Sociology for the best textbook in Sociology 2014; Award of the Mexican Association of the Study of Work for Academic Trajectory 2017.

Publications: 21 monographies (8 co-authored); more than 100 articles in scientific journals, therefrom more than 70 double blind peer reviewed; 28 edited books, therefrom 11 in English and 5 in Spanish; more than 110 chapters in books; review activities for more than 50 international scientific journals and foundations; activities in scientific and editorial boards of 6 international scientific journals.

Other academic activities: Board member (2005-2011) and Speaker (2009-2011) of the Section Migration and Ethnic Minorities in the German Associations for Sociology; Member of the Directorate of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict/Ruhr-Universität Bochum; Dean of the Department of Social Science (2006-2008); member of the Senate of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2004-2006); Commissioner of the Rectorate of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum for the Office of Cooperation RUB-IGM since 2001; Commissioner of the Rectorate of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum for the selection process for professorships (2008-2011); Speaker of the Organisation Committee of the 36th Congress of the German Sociological Association (2011-2012); Co-Editor of Soziologische Revue since 2009; member (2011-2015) and Deputy-Director (2012-2015) of the Expert Council of German Foundations for Migration and Integration. Chair Guillermo-y-Alejandro-de-Humboldt at El Colegio de México/Mexico City 2015-2017; Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of its Publication Committee of the European Sociological Association 2019-2021.

Training and academic career


1980/04-1985/10Studies in Social ScienceFakultät für Sozialwissenschaft/ Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1995/12Diplom-Soz.wiss. (graduated in Social Science)Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft/ Ruhr-Universität Bochum
1989/12Promotion (PhD), Dr.phil.Philosophische Fakultät/Universität Erlangen
1995/06Habilitation, Dr.phil.habil.Philosophische Fakultät/Universität Erlangen

Research and teaching

1985/11-1987/03Research FellowSozialforschungsstelle Dortmund
1987/04-1990/04Research FellowInstitut für Soziologie/Universität Erlangen
1989/10Short term lecturershipUniversidad Autónoma Metropoli­tana/Mex.
1990/05-1992/04Postdoc-Fellowship German Research Foundation (DFG), Visiting ProfessorEl Colegio de México/Mexico-City
1991/07-08Visiting FellowMax-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung/Berlin
1992/05-1992/09ProfessorshipEl Colegio de Puebla/Mexico
1992/10-1994/10Habilitation-Fellowship German Re-search Foundation (DFG), ProfessorEl Colegio de Puebla/Mexico
1993/05Short term lecturershipUniversidade Federale de Minas Geráis/Bras.
1994/11-1996/10Chair ‘Pierre Naville’Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana/Mexico
1996/11-1997/09Visiting Professor/Research FellowInstitut Arbeit und Technik/Gelsenkirchen
1997/10-1998/09Professor/Chair  Sociology (stand-in)Institut für Soziologie/Univ. des Saarlandes
1998/10-1999/03Professor/Chair Sociology (stand-in)Institut für Soziologie/Universität Göttingen
1999/04-2001/02Senior ResearcherInstitut für Soziologie/Universität Erlangen
2000/03Visiting FacultyUniversity of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology/Population Studies Center
2001/03-2021/09Professor/Chair Sociology / Organisation, Migration, ParticipationFakultät für Sozialwissenschaft/ Ruhr-Universität Bochum
2006/06-07Visiting Fellow and course teacherSchool of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York
2006/08-09Visiting FellowSchool of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca
2015 – 2017Chair Wilhelm-und-Alexander-von-HumboldtEl Colegio de México, Mexico City

International cooperation / scientific board activities / reviewing


Founding member of editorial board Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo 1993 to 1996


Member of research network Groupe d´Etudes et de Recherche Permanent sur l´Industrie et les Salariés de l´Automobile GERPISA, Paris since 1996

Member of Latin American Studies Association LASA since 1994

Member of Research Committee 30 of International Sociological Association (ISA) since 1995

Member of Editorial Board of Región y Sociedad (Mexico) since 1998.

Member of Editorial Board of Sociología del Trabajo (Spain) since 1999.

Member of Editorial Board of Peripherie (Germany) since 1999

Member of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS) (member of its Council since 2012)

Member of German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA)

Member of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and member of its Executive Committee and Chair of its Publication Committee 2019-2021

Associate Editor of the journal Global Networks

Referee Activities for Scientific Foundations and Institutions

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Deutsche Stiftung für internationale Entwicklung/InWent

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

European Science Foundation, College of Expert Reviewers

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Haus Villigst



La Trobe – University/Australien

Leverhulme Trust/London

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies

Swiss National Science Foundation


Wissenschaftliche Kommission Niedersachsen

Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Zukunftsforschung – Universität Bielefeld

Referee Activities for Scientific Journals

American Journal of Sociology/Chicago

Arbeit, Zeitschrift für Arbeitsforschung, Arbeitsgestaltung und Arbeitspolitik

AREA/Royal Geographic Society

Berliner Journal für Soziologie/Berlin

Climate Change

Comparative Migration Studies

Critical Sociology/Sage

critical perspectives on international business/Emerald

Cuadernos de Relaciones Laborales/Madrid

Economic and Industrial Democracy/Sage

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space/Durham-UK, Pion

Estudios Sociológicos/El Colegio de México

Ethnic and Racial Studies/Taylor&Francis

European Journal for Development Research

European Societies/ Taylor&Francis

European Urban and Regional Studies/Sage

Foro Internacional/El Colegio de México

Frontera Norte/COLEF

Geographische Revue/Flensburg

Geographische Rundschau/Westermann

Global Labour Journal

global networks/Wiley-Blackwell (Regional Editor)

Globalisation, Societies and Education


Industrielle Beziehungen/München

International Journal of Anthropology and Ethnology

International Journal of Automotive Technology & Management/Inderscience

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research/Wiley-Blackwell

International Migration/Wiley-Blackwell

International Migration Review/ Wiley-Blackwell

International Sociology/Sage

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies/Taylor&Francis

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies/Routledge

Journal of Urban Affairs/Wiley

Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie/Köln

Lateinamerika – Analysen und Berichte/Hamburg-Münster

Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft/Hamburg

Moving the Social/Klartext

New Technology, Work and Employment/Wiley-Blackwell

Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie

Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology

Oxford Development Studies/Taylor&Francis

Peripherie/Münster (member of the advisory board until 2011)

Raumforschung und Raumordnung/Springer (member of the advisory board 2009-2013)

Región y Sociedad/Hermosillo (member of the scientific advisory board)

Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios del Trabajo/Rio de Janeiro (co-founder)

Revista Contaduría y Administración/UNAM-Mexico

Routledge Handbooks series

Social Forces/Oxford Journals

Social Indicators Research/Springer

Social Sciences/MDPI

Sociologia del Trabajo/Madrid (member of the editorial board)

Sociological Research Online

Soziale Welt/München

Soziologische Revue/Bremen (co-editor)

State of Nationalism/The International Review of the Study of Nationalism

The American Sociologist

Third World Quarterly


Transnational Social Support/Taylor&Francis


Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft/Berlin

Zeitschrift für Migration und soziale Arbeit/Frankfurt

Zeitschrift für Soziologie/Bielefeld

Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft/Springer

PhD Thesis

Alfredo Hualde/ UNAM, MéxicoLa articulación entre el sistema educativo y el sistema productivo en la frontera norte de México: un estudio en Tijuana y Ciudad Juárez (National Research Award)1998
Fernando Herrera/UAM, MéxicoTrayectorias y biografías laborales en la migración de Puebla y Tlaxcala a la zona metropolitana de la ciudad de Nueva York2002
Sergio Sandoval/ UAM, MéxicoHibridación, Modernización Reflexiva y Procesos Culturales en Ford Hermosillo2002
Jörg Alt/HU-BerlinLeben in der Schattenwelt: Problemkomplex illegale Migration (Forschungspreis)2003
Saúl Macías/UAM-ITransmigrantes en Pueblayork: Enclave étnicso en el mercado de trabajo transnacional2004
Roland Abel/RUBErwerbsregulierung in kleinen Handwerksunternehmen – untersucht am Beispiel von Tischlereien2006
Markus Hertwig/ RUBZwischen institutionellen Erwartungen und Effizienzkalkül. Gründe der E-Business-Nutzung in Unternehmen der Automobilzulieferindustrie2007
Peter Ittermann/ RUBBeschäftigtenpartizipation (und Erwerbsregulierung) in Unternehmen der digitalen Wirtschaft2008
Eva Palenga-MöllenbeckTransnational migration – the case of Silesian migrants with dual citizenship2011
Siglinde HesslerInternational Framework Agreements as emerging part of a transnational governance structure?2011
Kerstin RosenowMigrant Organisations and the Security Discourse2011
Veronika DehnenDie Rolle von EBRs bei der Umsetzung internationaler Arbeitsstandards2013
Sophie RosenbohmAushandlungsprozesse der Beschäftigtenpartizipation in SE-Gesellschaften2013
Frank WissingMitarbeiter- und Patientenbefragungen als Partizipationsmythos2014
Fabian HooseArbeitsbeziehungen und Interessenregulierung in der Game-Industrie2014
Christian SchrammWandlungsdynamiken transnationaler Familien unter Krisenbedingungen – Biographische Perspektiven auf Familienfigurationen zwischen Spanien und Ecuador2021
Olympia DumitruProfessional Remittances of Romanian Physicians: A Transnational Approach2022
Mais MasadehThe Institutionalization of Human Trafficking by the Islamic State: A Case Study of Enslaved Yezidi WomenOngoing
Paul-Fiete KramerDigitalisierung von Arbeit und Erwerbsregulierung: Crowdworking als Herausforderung für Mitbestimmung und InteressenvertretungOngoing
Melanie WieschallaDisentangling the triangle of organized violence, forced migration and development. Migrants` biographies in the Central and North American regionOngoing
Serife ErolDie Rolle der Arbeitsorientierung bei der Erklärung der Weiterbildungs- und Lernverhaltens der BeschäftigtenOngoing
Rafael BohlenInstitutional Resilience of Organized Violence – The Role of Forced Migration and Human Mobility as Favoring Factors. A Comparative Case Study of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG)Ongoing