University of Duisburg-Essen

Institute for Work, Skills and Training

Welcome to the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ)

The Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ) has been established in 2007 as a centre for interdisciplinary and international comparative research in social sciences within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a particular focus on labour and employment, welfare systems, skills and training. Headed by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bosch, the IAQ is organized in four research departments:

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

The IAQ carries out both basic and applied research. According to our particular profile the researchers seek to combine economic efficiency with social balance through sustainable arrangements of employment, pay and social systems. The IAQ is involved in international research networks and carries out research projects funded by national and international principals. With its research the IAQ supports and consults companies and politicians, provides important evidence for decisions and evaluates the impact of various practical projects.