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In this section you can find selected public statements by social scientists and reports on current questions of analytical-empirical sociology that have been published in different media formats.

Article published: 07.09.2021
AS Dissertation Award


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Academy of Sociology Dissertation Award 2021 goes to Dr. Katrin Paula (TU München)

The Academy of Sociology is proud to highlight an outstanding dissertation submitted in 2019/2020 which contributes to the discipline in terms of originality of research, stringent argumentation, transparency of results, and the scientific and societal (if applicable) impact. The award comes with 1,500€ prize money.

This year, Dr. Katrin Paula (TU München) is the winner of our 2021 dissertation prize. Her dissertation is about ‘Micro-Dynamics of Mobilization: Evidence from the German Democratic Republic’. She wrote her dissertation at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim. She is now a Professor of Global Security & Technology at TU München.

The committee received 15 excellent dissertation theses from 11 universities. The committee run by Professor Sonja Drobnič (Bremen), Professor ...

... Stefanie Kley (Hamburg), Professor Karl-Dieter Opp (Leipzig), and Professor Peter Schmidt (Giessen) evaluated the dissertations submitted to the Academy of Sociology.

Dr. Paula will have the floor to present thoughts and insights of the thesis at our 2021 0nline AS conference (Wednesday, September 29, 18:00 - 19:30). All sociologist are welcome to join the ceremony. For details register here.

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Article published: 24.03.2021
Academy of Sociology on Twitter

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Article published: 01.03.2021
Call ‘AS Dissertation Award’ 2021

For the second time, the Academy for Sociology is awarding its biennial prize for the best dissertation in the field of empirical analytical sociology. The award comes with 1,500€ prize money.

Eligible to apply are researchers whose doctoral thesis (German or English) was successfully de-fended between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.

Dissertation advisers of outstanding empirical analytical candidates are invited to encourage their doctoral candidates for submission.

AS membership is not required for application.

Submissions should be made to by April 15, 2021.

For detailed submission information click here.

Article published: 22.10.2020
AS Again Co-funds Academic Workshops

As in 2019 and 2020, also in 2021 we subsidize workshops or small conferences organized by Academy members, providing up to EUR 2000 per event. Proposals that correspond to the goals of the Academy are given priority: e.g. the promotion of good scientific practice, replication and reproduction, open science, interdisciplinarity, equality, internationality and the promotion of young researchers in analytical-empirical research. All Academy members are eligible to apply, regardless of their academic status. Non- members are also welcome in the organization team of the conference or workshop.

Deadline for proposals is December 20, 2021.

For the 2021 call click here.

Article published: 12.06.2020
Checklist for Quantitative Social Science Articles

This document provides a checklist for quantitative social science articles. A good article will achieve most of the items in this checklist. Go through all items and check whether your article fulfills them. Be aware that not all items may apply to your article. A second purpose is to standardize the reporting in social science articles. Studies showed that many published articles in the Social Sciences do not fulfill even minimal reporting standards. With this document we intend to contribute towards such minimal reporting standards.
This document is a Academy of Sociology resource paper  - compiled by Josef Brüderl (LMU München), Christoph Bühler (University of Hannover) and Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (University of Bamberg).

Download paper here (external website

Article published: 19.05.2020
The strength of analytical-empirical sociology


Universität Konstanz

"Analytical-empirical sociology builds on clear theory and necessarily confronts theoretical statements with empirical results. It is very important that research is transparent and uses adequate methods. It is open to all appropriate conceptual, theoretical and empirical approaches, methods and procedures. And, I think it stimulates a cumulative development of existing knowledge in the social sciences."
Former Academy of Sociology president Thomas Hinz is interviewed by Wojtek Przepiorka for The AGORA Newsletter of the Rationality and Society Section of the American Sociological Association and the Research Committee 45 on Rational Choice of the International Sociological Association (Winter 2019/Spring 2020).

See full interview here.

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AS dissertation award 2019 for Hanno Kruse

This prize for the best dissertation was awarded for the first time this year to Hanno Kruse (University of Cologne) for his work “Close Neighbors, Separate Lives. An Investigation of Residential Barriers and Bridges to the Social Integration of Young Immigrants in Germany” at the conference of the Academy of Sociology in Constance on September 15, 2019. In the cumulative dissertation, Kruse examines the influence of social spaces on the integration of young people of migrant origin in Germany. The jury (Hartmut Esser, Anette Fasang, Cornelia Kristen & Karl Ulrich Mayer) selected the work defended in Mannheim 2017 from a large number of high-quality submissions.

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Provision & Handling of Research Data

On September 25, 2019, the General Assembly of the Academy of Sociology adopted the “Guidelines for Handling Research Data in Sociology” in Constance. Reusable data is essential for open and transparent research, and a key prerequisite for making empirical results comprehensible across individuals. In addition, reusable data enables questions that were not foreseeable at the time of primary surveys to be investigated at a later date, ensuring resource-saving use of public funds and optimal knowledge gain through cumulative research.

Here is the full position paper.