The Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ)

The Institute for Work, Skills and Training is a centre for interdisciplinary and international comparative research in the social sciences, with a particular focus on employment, welfare systems, skills and training. The Institute carries out both basic and applied research.

The combined effects of economic globalisation and technological progress, on the one hand, and of social changes such as the ageing of the population and new family structures and value preferences, on the other, have led to changes in the terms of competition. As a result, new demands are now being made of workers' skills and work organisation as well as of employment, education and welfare systems. The real extent of these changes and of the challenges associated with them is still not fully recognised and the process of dealing with them has scarcely begun.

Against this background, the Institute for Work, Skills and Training seeks:

  • to contribute to a better understanding of current and future trends and challenges by investigating the many and various causes and consequences of structural change and
  • to develop sustainable proposals and plans for the effective organisation of employment, skill and welfare systems.

The IAQ was established on 1.1.2007 as an institute within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. It will continue the nationally and internationally renowned research on work and training produced by the Institute for Work and Technology (IAT) and develop it further. Headed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bosch, four of the present IAT's research units will transfer to the IAQ to form the following departments:

  • Employment – Inclusion – Mobility
    (AIM; PD Dr. Martin Brussig),
  • Working Time and Work Organisation
    (AZAO; Dr. Thomas Haipeter),
  • Learning and Education in Structural Change
    (BEST; Dr. Sybille Stöbe-Blossey) and
  • Flexibility and Security
    (FLEX; Dr. Claudia Weinkopf)

Additional departments and research groups may be set up in collaboration with researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen. In this way, synergy effects can be exploited, research topics investigated in greater depth and new areas of enquiry developed.