Emerging from the Graduiertenkolleg “Das Neue Europa”, the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences has been founded in 2002. For a five-year period the BGSS has been a pilot project by the German Academic Exchange Service. In 2007 the Graduate School became an integral part of the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Research at the BGSS is based on the interdisciplinary collaboration of sociology and political science. It concentrates on the comparative analysis of problems of social inclusion and democratic performance by addressing the following themes: