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Dortmund Social Research Centre (Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund, sfs)

Institution Dortmund Social Research Centre (SFS)
Location Dortmund
Themes network economy, societal transformation, education – labour – participation, primary labour policy and health, European labour policy
Orientation application-oriented basic research, consultation
Founded 1946

The Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (sfs) is one of Germany's major traditional institutes for labour research. Assigned until 2006 to the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research, the sfs has been a central scientific institution of the University of Dortmund since 2007.

Approximately 40 labour and social scientists as well as researchers from the fields of economics, educational science, statistics, engineering science, and information science conduct research, offer consultation and evaluate current issues in the working world. Overall, the institute deals with seven areas of thematic concentration, among them national and European labour policy, public service policy in societal transformation as well as education and training.

In addition to application-oriented basic research, for instance on work design and occupational safety, the Sozialforschungsstelle offers, among other things, consultation on both new production concepts and in the area of continuing education, evaluates the introduction of eco-audits, investigates the effects of multi-media technology, and deals with labour market policy specifically relating to women, with health policy and with the future of co-determination.
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