Research Unit to be continued

The Research Unit "Horizontal Europeanization" will receive three more years of funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Since May 2012, researchers from seven different subprojects have been investigating how the increasing openness of hitherto largely nationally regulated and delineated social fields and spaces has been accompanied by increasing cross-border relations and a stronger transnational integration of social interactions, attitudes and interpretations, thus leading to a fundamental transformation of social relations and living conditions in Europe.

The first project period was completed at the end of April 2015 (summer 2015 for some sub-projects). On 1 October 2015, the Research Unit will start its second project period, lasting until September 2018.

Our mid-term brochure offers a synoptic overview of the research results of the first project period and an outlook on what will be investigated in the second project period.

Research Unit Horizontal Europeanization

BildUntil recently, research on European Integration focused on economic, legal and political aspects. However, since the 1990s European Integration also creates a fundamental transformation of social relations and the people's lives: After the Second World War people's lives mostly took place within the context of clearly defined nation-states. Nowadays the dissolution of the solid borders between nation-states leads to growing cross-border orientation in social interactions, attitudes and interpretations.

Using examples in the fields of academia, asylum administration, EU professionalism, labor relations and identity, we aim at better understanding selected Europeanization processes, the related conflicts, their socio-structural conditions and their impact on patterns of social inequality. Furthermore we try to develop a more general understanding of Europeanization processes that we expect to be able to observe in those fields.

Scientific Coordinator

Cooperation Partners

Prof. Dr. Jan Delhey, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg 

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gerhards, Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christian Lahusen, University of Siegen

Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Richard Münch, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg

Prof. Dr. Susanne Pernicka, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Prof. Dr. Karin Schittenhelm, University of Siegen

Dr. Sebastian Büttner, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Dr. Vera Glassner, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Dr. David Glowsky, Free University Berlin

Dr. Jenny Preunkert, University of Leipzig


From 2012 to 2015 (2018), the Research Unit is funded by the German Research Foundation.

Project website

For further information on the Research Unit, please visit its website.