Research: WGs & CSWGs

In the founding phase of the research network, common research interests of the scientists of both universities were identified and thematically bundled. Subject areas such as working life and livelihood security, old-age provision and pensions, childhood, youth and family, health and care as well as disability and rehabilitation each refer to specific socio-political institutions, mechanisms and instruments as well as the social interaction contexts and actors associated with them. These subject areas, each of which is relevant to social law and social science, form the thematic core of the individual working groups.

Cross-sectional topics

Overlapping areas of interest have been bundled into cross-sectional themes that mark interfaces between the above-mentioned subject areas and are thus also intended to contribute to an exchange and networking between the working groups. These include topics such as social human rights, social administration and welfare state service provision, or gender and migration, which make up the research subject of the cross-sectional working groups. Currently, research in the research network is conducted in four working groups and three cross-sectional working groups.

New working groups can be founded

The number of working groups in the research network is not fixed, as they are intended to bundle both long-term thematic interests and emerging research foci. The researchers thus have the opportunity to react quickly to current developments by founding a new working group or cross-sectional working group. All working groups in the research network are open to interested parties from both universities and are composed on an interdisciplinary basis.

Speakers from Fulda and Kassel

The individual working groups are headed by the two working group spokespersons, who represent the University of Applied Sciences Fulda and the University of Kassel respectively. They organize the regular meetings as well as the exchange of information and networking between the members of their respective working group.


The aim of the working groups is to develop integrative research perspectives and, in relation to the respective subject area of social law and social policy research, to promote exchange with actors in social practice. This includes thematically relevant series of events, lectures, conferences or workshops and the development and conception of cooperative research projects with third-party funding perspectives, including joint programs for the promotion of doctoral candidates and junior researchers.




Promotion of young talentImage: Universität Kassel / Studio Blofield

Promotion of young talent

Participate in FoSS

All interested scientists from the six participating departments, but also from other departments, are welcome to participate in the network. The network welcomes contact and suggestions.

WG Working life and livelihoodImage: Universität Kassel / Studio Blofield

WG Working life and livelihood

WG Childhood, Youth and FamilyImage: Universität Kassel

WG Childhood, Youth and Family

WG Participation ResearchImage: Universität Kassel / Studio Blofield

WG Participation Research

WG Health and Welfare State InfrastructureImage: Universität Kassel / Studio Blofield

WG Health and Welfare State Infrastructure

QAG Gender, Migration and Social SectorImage: Universität Kassel / Peter Zipf

CSWG Gender, Migration and Social Sector

QAG Social Court ResearchImage: Informationswiedergutmachung - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 4.0,

CSWG Social Court Research

QAG Social Human RightsImage: Universität Kassel / Studio Blofield

CSWG Social Human Rights