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Professor Markus Promberger

Research Department

Joblessness and Social Inclusion (ET)

Head of Research Department

Research areas: Sociology of work, industry and organisations, poverty and social inequality, labour market participation and social integration, labour history

Working Group

Migration and Integration


Topics: Welfare clients with migration background, cross-border labour markets, illegal labour migration

Quality of Employment


Qualitative Methods


Professional career

Markus Promberger studied sociology, political science and history at Erlangen. From 1990 to 2001 he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the Institute for Sociology of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, completing his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in 1999. In 2001, Dr Promberger joined the IAB, working initially in the Research Department "Establishments and Employment", and as of July 2005, as Head of the research department "Joblessness and Social Inclusion" which was set up that year. After his habilitation and receiving venia legendi for general sociology at the University of Erlangen in 2011, he deputised for a Chair of Sociology (education, organisation and social inequality) at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich during summer 2011. Alongside his IAB activities in research and management, since autumn 2017 he is Professor of Sociology at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, where he teaches labour and economic sociology. Markus Promberger is a member of the German Sociological Association, the German Industrial Relations Association, and the German Association of Socioeconomic Labour Market Research (SAMF), where he was a member of the Board from 2009 to 2010. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the scientific journal "WSI-Mitteilungen". Markus Promberger is currently a Research Fellow of the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), co-editor of the journal "Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation". Since the beginning of 2014, he has been coordinating the EU funded RESCuE Project, which studies the resilience of vulnerable households in socio-economic crises. Thirty scientists from nine European countries are involved in this interdisciplinary task.