About the Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC)

The research institute was officially established on 1 June 2020. Prior to this day, there was a year-and-a-half-long founding phase during which the 11 sections developed research projects and key questions.

A total of 83 research and transfer projects have been brought together under the research umbrella of RISC. These projects are assigned to three thematic/methodological clusters that combine different perspectives and approaches for researching social cohesion. In each cluster, the research institute joins together different methods of quantitative and qualitative social research.

The three research clusters are linked together by the research institute’s main tasks and services, which are located at the three coordinating offices: Bremen, Frankfurt, and Leipzig. Closely related to research, not only of RISC but of academia in general, is the role of knowledge transfer. RISC views knowledge transfer as one of its central tasks, promoting collaborative knowledge production by researchers and society through the utilization of innovative formats. Through its data infrastructure, RISC wants to act as an important reference point for researching and monitoring social cohesion. The training programme for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers lays the foundation for further consolidating an interdisciplinary research and practice field of high social relevance. The public relations and publications divisions is responsible for presenting RISC’s research and transfer activities to the public both at the national and international levels and for making the academic publication activities of the research institute and its members visible.

Speakers Coucil

The Speakers Council is the scientific managing body and represents RISC externally. The members of the Speakers Council are Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg (as managing spokesperson), Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff, and Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell.

Institute Council

The Institute Council is RISC’s central decision-making body. All of RISC’s sections are represented by a section spokesperson.


RISC’s administration is managed by Rebecca C. Schmidt.

Rebecca C. Schmidt
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: +49 69 798-31401 | E-Mail: rebecca.schmidt@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Public Relations

Should you have any questions about the Research Institute Social Cohesion, please get in touch with RISC’s head of public relations.

Sarah Lempp
Universität Leipzig
Tel. +49 341 97-37762 | E-Mail: presse@fgz-risc.de