Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow - Research

Current projects

Value Conflict, Labour Division and Social Cohesion from a Gender Perspective

Gender is an important factor in achieving social cohesion. Gender relations, however, have been particularly affected by social change in recent decades. As a result, across Europe, various work-care models currently compete in terms of family and labour market policy. Related to this, both egalitarian and essentialist gender ideologies and family ideals have spread, whose social-structural foundations and consequences have not yet been researched. Against this background, this research project assesses first, whether the competing gender and family ideals are related to other values such as cultural openness or closure, solidarity and voting behaviour. Second, we ask whether the political mobilisation of gender issues by political parties leads to the establishment of a new political polarisation and how this relates to other cultural and socio-economic cleavages. Third, the project examines the determinants and consequences of different forms of labour division within families for the reproduction of social inequalities.

Project Leaders: Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow, Prof. Sigrid Roßteutscher, PhD

Duration: 01.03.2021 – 28. 02.2023

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Federal Ministry of Education and Research)


Does Europe grow together? Convergence and divergence of political attitudes in Europe

After Europe steadily converged since WW2, the last decade has revealed several serious challenges for a continuing European integration. In light of these developments, this project examines potential polarization and fragmentation trends in the public opinion in Europe. Attitudes towards four key political issues are at the center of the investigation: social inequality, gender relations, migration/cultural diversity and European integration. Polarization- and fragmentation trends are examined from three analytical perspectives: First, we examine country differences in issue alignments, i.e. how attitudes towards the key political issues are entangled. Second, we compare distributions in political attitudes and their changes over the last decades between and within European countries. Third, we compare the structure of attitudes within individuals to identify political belief systems. The empirical basis for addressing these questions are representative cross-national surveys with repeated cross-sections (e.g. European Social Survey).

Project Leader: Yassine Khoudja, PhD, Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow

Duration: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Federal Ministry of Education and Research), funding code 01UG2114

Launch of the Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC), Frankfurt division

The Research Institute Social Cohesion (RISC) starts working in June 2020. The researchers from the Frankfurt division are analysing new forms of social diversity and their impact on social conflicts. For more information about this research cooperation, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), please visit this webpage.

Project leaders: Prof. Dr. Nicole Deitelhoff (speaker), Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (co-speaker), Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow (co-speaker) RISC, Frankfurt division

Duration: 01.06.2020 – 31.05.2024

Funding: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

Twitter data for predicting social solidarity during the Corona crisis

Cooperating with IT scientists at the TU Darmstadt, Daniela Grunow and her team are collecting and analysing Twitter data in relation to the influence of the COVID-19 crises on solidarity and anti-solidarity in Europe. You will find more information here.

Team: Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow und Alexandra Ils (M.A.) - Goethe Universität Frankfurt; Dr. Steffen Eger, Kevin Stowe, PhD. und Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych - TU Darmstadt

Completed projects


The influence of family-friendly measures in companies on mothers' and fathers' employment behaviour – an empirical analysis with linked employer-employee-data.

Cooperation-project with the Research Data Centre of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research.

The project focused on in-plant family friendly measures aiming to improve the compatibility of family and work. Family-friendly policies are not only a fundamental topic in labour market and family policy, but are also an inherent feature of personnel policies in companies. While there was ample research on the impact of family policies on individual careers, research on in-plant measures and their effects was lacking.

The project utilised existing linked-employer-employee-data of the Federal Employment Agency (IAB), which allowed for analysing the interdependencies between in-plant family friendly measures, family policies and regional context on individual employment decisions. 

Project leaders: Dr. Corinna Frodermann, Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow, Dana Müller

Project researchersAnn-Christin Bächmann, Marina Hagen

Duration: 01.04.2017-31.12.2019

Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)

The APPARENT Project

International and national studies of norms and gender division of labor in the transition to parenthood.

From January 2011 until December 2016 the project studied currently prevailing parenting norms and standards; especially their creation, dissemination and practical relevance for gendered divisions of work in several European countries. The focus is on constructions of motherhood and fatherhood by experts, welfare states and the mass media. The project assesses to what extent these cultural and institutional norms are embodied by nascent parents and how norms impact the sharing of paid and unpaid work among fathers and mothers.

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Daniela Grunow

Duration: 01.01.2011-31.12.2016

Funding: European Research Council (ERC)

Link to the APPARENT homepage