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Department of Political Science

CMR - Centre for Mobility REsearch

The aim of the newly established Centre for Mobility Research, CMR, is to promote new research initiatives on economic and social mobility, and the change of the system of stratification. An important objective is the study of mobility patterns and how these change over generations. A major task is to determine which factors are responsible for children’s educational occupational success and, and how societal institutions, educational institutions and public policy affect social mobility, trajectories, intergenerational reproduction, and educational attainment of the population. How do the specific characteristics of educational institutions influence children and adolescents and do these depend on the student’s social, economic, and cultural background? The pattern of intergenerational mobility, social inheritance, and participation in the educational system and how these have changed and will continue to change over time are major issues to be addressed by the new CMR.

The main objective of CMR is to promote research activities which focus on factors explaining the changes, gender differences, and stability of social mobility, educational mobility and choices in education. Another objective will be to determine the factors which are responsible for success in the educational system and to rank the importance of family background, ability, social preferences, parental attitudes, school characteristics, local factors, social networks, youth culture, and attitudes towards risk as determinants of academic success. The exact nature of what drives educational and occupational success is not clear and requires further research based on sample surveys which collect information from parents on their children’s non-cognitive abilities, attitudes, and social preferences. Of equal importance is the study of how educational institutions contribute to mobility and individual welfare through earnings and occupational choices.  

Main topics:
Life chances and skill formation of children and young people, and of their families.

  • Social mobility, strategies and life trajectories
  • Family, youth education, gender, socialization and qualification
  • Generating human capital, higher education, elite and quality
  • Welfare, financing, education and social mobility
  • The educational system and financing
  • Migration
  • Social polarisation