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Prof. em. Dr. György Széll

Fachbereich 1: Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften
Seminarstraße 33
49074 Osnabrück

Raum: 01/112
Tel.: 0541 969-4134


Born in 1941 in Budapest/Hungary; German nationality since 1964; Professor of Sociology at the University of Osnabrück/F.R.G. from 1973 to 2006, Prof. em., also from the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan; several times Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; Vice-president of the University from 1995 to 1997; co-ordinator for international co-operation of the Department of Social Sciences until 2004; Co-founder of ECOS-Consult, Osnabrück (part-time activities there); Co-founding Director of the Institute for Migration Research & Intercultural Studies/IMIS & of the interdisciplinary research group Third World – Development & Environment; Founding Director of the Europe Research Centre & the Japan Research Centre at the University of Osnabrück, Founding member & fellow of the EU Institute in Japan, Tokyo Consortium (2004-); member of the scientific council of the Fondation Camp des Milles (, member of the supervisory board and president of the scientific council of the Institut Fédératif Européen Pluridisciplinaire (IFEP) « Droits, Régulations et Transformations Sociales » (2010-), Université Aix-Marseille, France; member of the Orientation Council of the International Centre Pierre Mendes France, Paris (1996-).

Studies of social sciences in Frankfurt a.M., Aix-en-Provence, Münster, Cologne, Algiers, Bochum & Free University of Berlin.

Academic degrees: Diplom-Soziologe (1965); (1967, both Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Germany).

Assignments: from 1990 to 1994 member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA), of its Finance & Membership, Publications, Program Committees & in charge of the preparation of the XIIIth World Congress of Sociology in Bielefeld in 1994; representative with the International Social Science Council & UNESCO; Vice-president (1983-1987) & President (1987-1991) of the ISA-Research Committee (RC 10) Participation, Organisational Democracy & Self-Management afterwards member of its board; 1990-1994 Founding President of the ISA-RC 24 Environment & Society; 1978-1988 member of the board of the Association Internationale de Sociologues de Langue Française (AISLF); President of its RC Sociologie de l'Autogestion, founding member of its RC Entreprise & Société; representative of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics for Germany (1990-1998); president of the University committee of the German Trade Union Federation Lower Saxony-Bremen 1992-1995; 1993-1994 member of the Research Commission of the State of Lower Saxony; since 1993 expert to the Commission of the European Communities (Socio-Economic Environmental Research Programme in 1993, Targeted Socio-Economic Research Programme in 1995, Training & Research Mobility Programme 1996-2008; in 1999 & 2000 chair of the socio-economic panel for Marie-Curie Fellowships), of the German Academic Exchange Office (DAAD) 1983-2009 and the Soros Foundation 1996-2004; member of the supervisory board of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation (2000-2006), its commission for co-determination research, its working group for study promotion and for Ph.D. promotion, its university selection committee; expert to the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living & Working Conditions. Member of the international board of the Centre International Pierre Mendès/Paris, France (1996-); founding President of the International Network Regional & Local Development of Work & Labour/RLDWL (1999-2010). International board of the Austrian Study Centre for Peace & Conflict Resolution. Member of the advisory committee of the Co-ordination Action on Human Rights Violations/CAHRV (EU funded 2004-2009), Member of the Accreditation Commission of FIBAA, the European Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education Curricula (2007-); of the Centre for Leadership Research at Tsinghua University, Peking (2007-) and of the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu/Taiwan; International Council of the DAAD-Centre for German & European Studies, Chung Ang Universität, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Science and Technology Assessment; Environment and Society; Regional Sustainable Development; Ecological Management; Participation and Self-Management; Comparative Labour Relations; New Technologies and Trade Unions; Arms Conversion; European Studies; Asian Studies, namely Japan; Social History and Societal Theory; Québec Studies; post-war German Sociology; Qualitative Empirical Research.


Participation, Workers’ Control & Self-Management (London, SAGE 1988; translated into Greek, Russian, Slovakian, Chinese); International Handbook of Participation in Organizations, Vol. I (Oxford University Press, 1989); The State, Trade Unions & Self-Management (de Gruyter, Berlin/New York 1989); Concise Encyclopaedia of Participation & Co-Management (de Gruyter, Berlin/New York 1992); Labour Relations in Transition in Eastern Europe (de Gruyter, Berlin/New York 1992); Participation, Organizational Effectiveness & Quality of Working-Life in the Year 2000 (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 1994); Johan V. Galtung (1996), European Integration & Social Theory (1997), New Societies & Old Democracies in Europe (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2001); European Labour Relations, 2 vols. (Gower/Ashgate 2001); Ways to Social Peace in Europe (Secolo, Osnabrück 2000); Participation, Globalisation & Culture (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2002); The Injustice at Work – an International View on the World of Labour and Society (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2002); Political Socialisation, Participation & Democracy (2003); Environmental Challenges for Japan & Germany (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2004); Labour, Globalisation & the New Economy (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2005); Corporate Social Responsibility in the EU & Japan (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2006); Education, Labour & Science – Perspectives for the 21st Century; (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2008); European Social Integration – A Model for East Asia? (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2009); Quality of Life & Working Life in Comparison (P. Lang Frankfurt et al. 2009); Social Innovation, the Social Economy & World Economic Development – Democracy & Labour Rights in an Era of Globalization (P. Lang Frankfurt et al., 2009); Economic Crisis and Social Integration (P. Lang Frankfurt et al., 2011); Beyond GDP (Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, April 2011); Fukushima – Die Katastrophe und ihre Folgen (Frankfurt a.M. et al., Peter Lang, 2013); Anticommunism in Korea and Germany in Times of Cold War (Seoul, Dolgebae & Frankfurt a.M. et al., Peter Lang, 2015). Altogether more than 300 scientific publications.
(Co-)Editor of the following book and publication series: Work, Technology, Organisation, Society (1996-2005); Education, Science & Labour (2006 ff); EUROSCIENCE; WURF Verlag; Japan Research Centre/University of Osnabrück; Asia-Europe-Pacific-Institute, Osnabrück; Jahrbuch Frieden und Wissenschaft/Yearbook Peace & Science; Asian Journal of German and European Studies.

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