Social science projects in our Institute are targeted towards generating, disseminating and applying knowledge about connections between masculinities, gender and education, labour and care, organizations & companies, networks, violence, health and further topics. The focus is on the role of men in these social contexts.

Changes of life and work situations of men are always related to respective changes women experience and to chances for gender equality. Therefore gender relations are a core research focus, considering the background of complex social affiliations and processes of social changes. 

Gender is observed as a category which characterizes social positioning of people. But it is not enough considering men and women as homogenous groups. In addition we have to assume that other social categories like milieu, ethnic affiliations or body crucially influence individual life and social structures. The paradigmatic research perspectives of ‘intersectionality’ and ‘diversity’ take this fact into account.