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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Socio cultural worlds: institutions, welfare, social professions, environment and population

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This research area brings together diverse perspectives and expertise from the disciplines of Sociology, Social Statistics, Social Anthropology, Law, Social Policy, Social Pedagogy and Social Work.

The members of the research area work on a variety of projects contributing to theoretical development, fundamental and applied research in scientific domains regarding the social world, diversity, population, institutions, values, environment and space, as well as cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, and cultural heritage.

Though anchored to the disciplines, the research area shares the common objectives of the social sciences, enabling synergies and collaborations on themes like intercultural dynamics, families, migration, life courses, labour, welfare needs, policies and services.

The specific expertise of the area lies in linking a broad range of theoretical perspectives and research approaches with a shared interest in processes of social inclusion and innovation, institutional development and professional practice.

Coordinator: Prof. Susanne Elsen

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