The WZB Berlin Social Science Center conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons. The WZB cooperates with universities and academic institutions in Germany and abroad.
The WZB was founded in 1969 by members of the German parliament from all parties. The WZB is funded by the Federal government and the state of Berlin. Around 160 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians. As a non-university research institute, the WZB is member of the Leibniz-Association. The WZB closely cooperates with Berlin universities. Its research directors also hold chairs at universities in Berlin and beyond.
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center research areas are: Education, work, life chances, Markets and choice, Society and economic dynamics, International politics and law, Dynamics of political systems, Migration and diversity. The WZB Berlin Social Science Center conducts research into the basic problems facing modern society. There are six main research areas and the President´s research group. Each area is devoted to a specific, central theme. The research areas are comprised of a number of smaller groups, namely, the research units, research groups, research professorships, and junior researchers’ groups. For these various research contexts, the WZB brings together scientists from different disciplines to pursue shared research aims.