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.


There will be personnel changes at the Institute at the beginning of the summer semester:

  • Professor Dr. Andrea D. Bührmann will be teaching in the Masters Programme “Diversity Studies in the Social Sciences”. She returns after two tenures as Vice-President of the University and a research sabbatical, during which she continued to serve as managing director of the Institute as well as engage in research and teaching.
  • Dr. Astrid Biele Mefebue will leave the Institute at the end of the winter semester. Astrid Biele Mefebue had served as acting professor for the Sociology of Diversity since 2017. As a founding member of the Institute, she has been active since 2013 and will remain associated to the Institute. We can’t thank her enough for her excellent contribution to the Institute.”


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