Göttingen Diversity Research Institute

Welcome to the website of the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute!

The Göttingen Diversity Research Institute studies processes of diversification and their consequences. The Institute’s primary aim is to develop research on diversity and processes of diversification, both theoretically and empirically. We focus in particular on organisational issues.
Other areas of interest include the micro level, the macro level and the symbolic order.

We are interested in the following questions:

  • How, when and why do organisations respond to diversity?
  • Which societal processes and tendencies lead to diversification and diversity?
  • How, and to what extent, are individuals affected by different dimensions of diversity?
  • How are diversity management policies perceived by universities, businesses, governments, the press, etc.?

The Institute also advises the University of Göttingen in implementing and developing its research-based and research-oriented diversity strategy.

Amalia Sa'ar is guest professor at the Göttingen Diversity Research Institute

The Göttingen Diversity Research Institute is delighted to welcome Prof. Amalia Sa’ar as guest professor in April 2023!

Amalia Sa’ar is associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at the University of Haifa. A cultural anthropologist, professor Sa’ar's research interests include: Gender politics among Palestinians in Israel; Diversity; Modest fashion and cosmopolitan subjectivities; Feminist perspectives of security; Women work and citizenship; Feminist theory and feminist movements.

During her stay at the University of Göttingen, Amalia Sa’ar will offer a public lecture on „Paradoxes of knowledge and positionality in critical diversity research, a feminist-activist perspective“ on 19 April 2023, 11 am – 1 pm (See abstract and details).

Out Now: The Reflexive Diversity Research Programme: An Introduction

Andrea D. Bührmann’s new monograph, “The Reflexive Diversity Research Programme: An Introduction” has been published with Cambridge Scholars Press.
Diversity is both a cause for controversial discussions and an opportunity to reflect on social participation. This book offers a basic introduction to important currents in diversity research by presenting central theoretical determinants of the research perspective. An analysis of the diversity strategy and its implementation at the University of California, Berkeley serves as an empirical-practical example in this regard. In particular, this case study illustrates the intersectional research perspective and the multi-level and multi-method research design of reflexive diversity research. In the sense of reflexive constructivism, the practice of research itself is reflected using the example of the case study.

The book is available in hardback here: https://www.cambridgescholars.com/product/978-1-5275-6394-0

A review by Larissa Krainer (University of Klagenfurt) of the German edition can be found at https://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/3783