The WZB Berlin Social Science Centre is Europe’s largest social science institute. Around 160 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians.
The WZB conducts basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalised world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term and mostly based on international comparisons. Our 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
Research results are published for the scientific community as well as for experts in politics, business, the media and civic organisations.
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 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.