Göttingen Diversity Research Institute

Welcome to the website of the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute!

The Göttingen Diversity Research Institute researches processes of diversification and their consequences. The Institute’s primary aim is to develop research on diversity and processes of diversification, both theoretically and empirically. We focus in particular on organisational issues.
Other areas of interest include the micro level, the macro level and the symbolic order.

We are interested in the following questions:


  • How, when and why do organisations respond to diversity?
  • Which societal processes and tendencies lead to diversification and diversity?
  • How, and to what extent, are individuals affected by different dimensions of diversity?
  • How are diversity management policies perceived by universities, businesses, governments, the press, etc.?



The Institute also advises the University of Göttingen in implementing diversity management policies that are research-based and research-oriented.


Funding pool for empirical thesis open for the MA programme in Diversity Studies

Students of the Diversity Studies programme can apply for funding for their empirical theses in the winter term 22/23. The students must apply to the funding pool commission for the assumption of costs within the framework of a one-page application that informs about the empirical project and the planned costs. A maximum of 100 euros per student will be funded; eligible costs include travel expenses for data collection that are not covered by the semester ticket, printing costs for questionnaire surveys and software purchases (please contact Jördis Grabow beforehand if you plan to purchase software) that are not available through university licences.
The prerequisite is that the work has been registered with the Examinations Office. After completion of the work, the funds are released according to the actual expenditure.

The funding pool commission meets twice a semester (beginning and end).
Proposal submissions can be made by 31.10.22 and 15.2.23 by email to joerdis.grabow@uni-goettingen.de.

Members of the funding pool committee:

Florian Berens and Dr. Nicole Witte for the Social Sciences Methods Centre.
Areti-Kristin Bouras for the Diversity Research Unit
Dr. Jördis Grabow for the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute and the M.A. Social Science Diversity Research programme


Out Now: The Reflexive Diversity Research Programme: An Introduction


Andrea D. Bührmann’s new monograph, “The Reflexive Diversity Research Programme: An Introduction” has been published with Cambridge Scholars Press.
Diversity is both a cause for controversial discussions and an opportunity to reflect on social participation. This book offers a basic introduction to important currents in diversity research by presenting central theoretical determinants of the research perspective. An analysis of the diversity strategy and its implementation at the University of California, Berkeley serves as an empirical-practical example in this regard. In particular, this case study illustrates the intersectional research perspective and the multi-level and multi-method research design of reflexive diversity research. In the sense of reflexive constructivism, the practice of research itself is reflected using the example of the case study.

The book is available in hardback here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-6394-0

A review by Larissa Krainer (University of Klagenfurt) of the German edition can be found at https://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/3783