A total of 470 people work at the Berlin Science Center for Social Research (WZB), including 300 German and international scientists who conduct problem-oriented basic research. Sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians explore trends, adaptation problems and innovation opportunities in modern societies. The researchers are particularly interested in shedding light on the problem-solving capacities of social and state institutions, from the local to the global level.
The research fields of the WZB are: work and labour market, education and training, welfare state and social inequality, gender and family, industrial relations and globalisation, competition, government and corporate governance, innovation, science and culture, mobility and transport, migration, integration and intercultural conflicts, democracy, civil society, international relations, governance and justice.
The WZB was founded in 1969 on the initiative of members of the Bundestag of the CDU/CSU and SPD. It is a member of the Leibniz Association.