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Dr. Helmut Wiesenthal, Prof. (ret.)

Curriculum Vitae

Year of Birth: 1938.
Place of Birth: Meuselwitz, Kreis Altenburg (Germany).

1944-59          Primary and secondary education.
1959-73          Industrial Occupations, entrepreneurial work.
1961-62          Studies of economics at the University of Münster.
1974-79          Studies of philosophy, sociology and political science at the University of Bielefeld.
Oct. 1979        Diploma of sociology at Bielefeld University, Faculty of Sociology.
March 1987    Doctorate in sociology at Bielefeld University.
June 1992       Habilitation in political science at Hamburg University, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences.
1980-1983      Research fellow at Bielefeld University.
1984-1986      Freelancing social researcher affiliated with the University of Bielefeld and the European Centre for Social Welfare Training and Research, Vienna.
1986-87          Member of the national executive committee of the German Green Party.
1986-1988      Research fellow and lecturer in the field of „Rational Choice and Theories of Collective Action“ at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University.
1987-1989      Director of the research group „New Technologies and the Future of Working Time Regulation“ (funded by the State Ministry of Work, Health and Social Affairs of Northrhine-Westfalia).
1988-1989       Research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.
198­9-1991        Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Social Policy at the University of Bremen, department „Theory and Constitution of Welfare States“.
1992-1996        Director of the research unit „Institutional Transformation in the New German Länder“ (based at Humboldt-University in Berlin) of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
1994-2003       Full Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University in Berlin, Department of Social Sciences.
1997-1999        Recipient of a Max Planck research grant for the study on „Institutional Change in Post-socialist Countries“.
2000-2003      Recipient of a DFG research grant for the study of „The Political Governance of Economic Transformations in Central and East European Countries“.
April 2003        retired from professorship.
2003-2017        Director of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Sozialforschung e.V. (

Member of the German Sociological Association (DGS), the Green Academy at the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, and formerly both the BTI and SGI Boards of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Policy Consultant.

Evaluator of German research organizations as well as reviewer of research proposals from Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain and the United States (until 2010).


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