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Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund

Social Research Centre - Faculty of Social Sciences (TU Dortmund University)

Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (sfs) is one of the long established and major research centres for social sciences in Germany. Founded in 1946, sfs has been a state institute of North Rhine Westphalia from 1972 to 2006. Since the beginning of the year 2007 sfs is a Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University. Since April 2020 the sfs is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

A multidisciplinary team of labour scientists, social scientists, economists, educators, statistical experts, engineers and computer scientists undertake research, consulting and evaluation projects with respect to current issues of the world of labour. The research puts heavy emphasis on directly applicable results. A main part of these projects are organised in networks of co-operation with relevant partners from the respective research or consulting field.


Besides Social Innovation our main areas of work are:
  • New organisational concepts in production, administration and services
  • Network research and consulting
  • Knowledge-based work and knowledge management
  • Vocational training and education, Lifelong Learning
  • Occupational health and prevention
  • Work in the service sector
  • Gender research
  • Transitions to flexible working time arrangements
  • Demographical change
  • Industrial relations
  • Sustainability

In addition to applied and basic research, sfs provides expert advice in a number of areas such as new production concepts and network management, continuing education and training, introduction and evaluation of quality systems.

Users of the institute’s work are:
  • European Commission
  • German Federal and State Ministries
  • Local authorities
  • Industrial associations and trade unions
  • Foundations and non-profit organisations
  • Private and public companies and administrations


International exchange and cooperation
sfs is a partner of several national and international networks of scientific research.


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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt | Director
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