Transformations in Industry and Society

Information and abstract

Contemporary societies are undergoing profound transformation processes which include practically all dimensions of labour, social system and daily life environments, for both individuals and social groups. With the focal research area Transformation Processes in Industry and Society, HSZG addresses those processes that are so complex in a functional, social and temporal perspective, but also the opportunities they provide for the shaping of our future.

Our research is focused on transformation processes that result from our University’s regional context. With respect to the increasing global interconnectedness of all the manifold developments, however, it goes much further than that. The image above illustrates [in German] the major areas and focal points of our research.

It is marked by its practical orientation and strong ties to practical experience partners in our region such as administrative services, companies, and political and civil society organizations. This includes a wide array of activities in consultancy and surveying.

Having a strong interdisciplinary orientation, this focal research area is interlinked with our expertise area Energy and the Environment on the one hand, and collaborates closely with our institutes Transformation, Housing, and Socio-Spatial Development (TRAWOS) and Health, Ageing, Technology (GAT) on the other hand.

HSZG is committed to initiating, bundling and linking-up research projects and prospects. Transformations in Industry and Society thus involves several of our faculties.

Every HSZG member can become a member of this research group, provided they are willing to actively contribute to its development (see below).

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Working methods and planning

Fundamental working methods are:

1    Meetings:

These are aimed at the organizational and thematic coordination of all activities. A priority is the preparation for joint research projects.

2    Research colloquium

These serve to present and discuss project outcomes and themes of interest in the form of lectures, presentation or workshops, and are held once a month during the semester.

3    Annual session:

At the end of each year (usually in November), the research group takes a practical approach in the discussion of important academic topics in cooperation with the Institute for Transformation, Housing, and Socio-Spatial Development (TRAWOS).

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Selected current research projects

Demographic transformation

  • Health in schools and in old age

  • Assistive technology for senior citizens (VATI project)

Post-socialist Europe

  • Transformation and post-transformation processes in society

  • Outlooks of the financial system and banking sector in Eastern Europe

  • Cross-border dialogue on cultural-political and socio-political developments

Transformative social and cultural ecology

  • Socio-ecological transformation processes

  • Energy and the environment

  • Environmental education and landscape planning

  • Developing ideas for tourist destinations

  • (Cultural) Self-transformation

Socialization and education

  • Inclusive education at schools (ZINT project)

  • Inclusion in day-care centres: Professionalizing educational specialists

  • Developing new (multimedia) continuing education opportunities

  • Equal opportunities policy

Regional development beyond metropoles

  • Managing regional transformation and development

  • Resilience in medium-sized Saxon towns

  • Housing market research

  • Heritage conservation and (historical) building research

  • Developing strategies for the Görlitz District

Membership and organization

Every member of HSZG who holds at least a first degree (usually Bachelor), expresses in writing their interest to engage in our research, and regularly attends to our meetings and events can become a member of our research group.

Prospective members and people interested in getting regular updates on our work should contact our representative (m.hosang(at)

Every two years, our members elect a new representative and deputy. Their responsibility is the organization and external presentation of our group, and report once every year on our work.
Our current representative (2018-2019) is Prof. Maik Hosang, his deputy is Prof. Raj Kollmorgen.

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Dr. phil. habil. Maik Hosang

Faculty of Managerial and Cultural Studies

+49 3581 374-4246

Deputy Representative

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Raj Kollmorgen

Faculty of Social Sciences

+49 3581 374-4259
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