Daniela Grunow



Professor of Sociology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
2017–2020 (Goethe-Fellow)

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Reconfigurations of Internalized Social Structure«

Project outline:
Contemporary societies are in flux. In sociology, the simultaneous rise of individual opportunities and risks is emphasized against the background of educational expansion, increased labour market flexibility, mass migration, claims of gender equality and the individualization of welfare benefits. In political science, a crisis metaphor prevails: at best, representative democracy is in severe crisis, if not already in a state of post-democracy. The speed and depth of these changes disrupt existing systems of resource allocation and interest representation, challenge the legitimacy of existing social structures and bring new conflicts to the surface. How do individuals, groups and organizations react, adapt and renew under the conditions of current social change? We bring together scholars from sociology and political science who share an interest in the macro-micro-links of social change, a dedication to rigorous empirical methods and a commitment to interdisciplinary research. (Daniela Grunow)

Scholarly profile of Daniela Grunow


Daniela Grunow completed her doctoral degree in sociology at Bamberg University in 2006 and has been a professor of sociology with a focus on the quantitative analysis of societal change at Goethe University since 2013. Her research and teaching concentrate on the interactions of employment markets, domestic work and gender relations in a variety of social welfare states from a life course perspective. Between 2011 and 2016 she headed the ERC funded program »APPARENT ‒ Transition to parenthood«, which examined and compared changes in the division of work between men and women during the transition to parenthood on an international scale.

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Selected publications:
  1. Couples' Transitions to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe, hg. mit Marie Evertsson, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2016.
  2. »Familienpolitik, Bildung und Berufskarrieren von Müttern in Deutschland, USA und Schweden« (mit Silke Aisenbrey & Marie Evertsson), in: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Bd. 63, H. 3 (2011).