Prof. Dr. Ingrid Jungwirth

The teaching and research area diversity and inclusion focuses on questions of participation in society. What chances of participation exist and how can participation be enabled? Women and men are equal in law – just as people cannot be discriminated against because of nationality, migration background, skin color, religion, sexuality, age and disability. Still, participation in the economy and society is unequally distributed. In addition to these relatively stable inequalities, new forms of marginalization have emerged. These new forms of inequality have developed in the context of encompassing changes in the world of labor, accompanying higher requirements for mobility and flexibility of employees as well as high availability for the workplace. What do these changes have to do with gender, migration background or belonging to other social groups? Can we still regard migration as the exception to the norm, taking a situation of increasing globalization and internationalization into account? What role do norms play in labor and society at all – since “normal careers” and “normal biographies” are no longer singular  but individual orientations and decisions have become increasingly  important? Do differences regarding class still exist – considering a growing homogeneity between people on the basis of life style? Considering a growing diversity of careers and ways of living together, the research and teaching area diversity and inclusion deals specifically with questions of participation in labor and society as well as the question how organizations and enterprises can do justice to this diversity.

The research fields of Prof. Dr. Ingrid Jungwirth are mobility and migration, gender studies, sociology of work and organizations, sociology of the life course and social inequality as well as social theories.

Prof. Jungwirth was last project manager of the research project “Labor market integration of highly skilled migrant women in Germany”, which was funded by the German ministry of education and research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund. The research was located at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She was also project coordinator of the joint research project that was carried through at three universities – besides Humboldt-Universität, at Technical University Hamburg-Harburg and RWTH Aachen University.

She obtained her doctorate from the Institute of Sociology, Free University Berlin. Her book, Zum Identitätsdiskurs in den Sozialwissenschaften – Eine postkolonial und queer informierte Kritik an G. H. Mead, E. Goffman und E. H. Erikson,  was published in 2007 by the publishing house “transcript”.

Prof. Jungwirth has taught at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Free University Berlin, BTU Cottbus (Brandenburg University of Technology) and HWR Berlin (Berlin School of Economics and Law). She has studied Sociology, Social Pedagogies and German Literature in Berlin and Munich.