General Issues


Social Research Centre Dortmund (SFS)

April 18, 2019 Scott Fletcher Bowlsby
November 23, 2017 dennis.arnold
General Issues

A research centre at the Technical University of Dortmund focusing on labour and social innovation.

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Mission and Purpose

Founded in 1946 the Social Research Centre (SFS) at the Technical Univeristy of Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and social innovation.

Origins and Development

The Social Research Centre Dortmund (SFS) is one of the long established and major research centres for social sciences in Germany. Founded in 1946, SFS has been a state institute of North Rhine Westphalia from 1972 to 2006. Since the beginning of the year 2007 sfs is a Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University.

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

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Specializations, Methods and Tools 

A multidisciplinary team of labour scientists, social scientists, economists, educators, statistical experts, engineers and computer scientists undertake research, consulting and evaluation projects with respect to current issues of the world of labour. The research puts heavy emphasis on directly applicable results. A main part of these projects are organised in networks of co-operation with relevant partners from the respective research or consulting field.

Besides social innovation the main areas of work are:

  • New organisational concepts in production, administration and services
  • Network research and consulting
  • Knowledge-based work and knowledge management
  • Vocational training and education, Lifelong Learning
  • Occupational health and prevention
  • Work in the service sector
  • Gender research
  • Transitions to flexible working time arrangements
  • Demographical change
  • Industrial relations
  • Sustainability

In addition to applied and basic research, sfs provides expert advice in a number of areas such as new production concepts and network management, continuing education and training, introduction and evaluation of quality systems.

Major Projects and Events

Analysis and Lessons Learned


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Lead image: Berufsverband Deutscher Soziologinnen und Soziologen e.V.,