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Prof. Juan Carlos Castillo Visits BIGSSS from June until July 2016

Prof. Juan Carlos Castillo just started a two-month research stay as visiting scholar at BIGSSS (Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences).

Juan Carlos Castillo is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He completed his PhD in sociology in 2010 guided by Prof. Bernd Wegener at the department of empirical research methods of Humboldt University, Berlin. Before his PhD, Juan Carlos Castillo studied political science and public administration at Potsdam University (1999-2000), and psychology at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile (1991-1997). His research focuses on legitimacy of economic inequality, public opinion research, social justice research, quantitative methods, structural equation models and multilevel models.


BIGSSS integrates excellent areas of graduate education and research at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University into a synergetic inter-university institution designed to be an internationally competitive model of graduate education.

BIGSSS’ guiding principles are education to excellence, quality assurance, and effective funding.

Founded upon the core disciplines of political science, sociology and psychology (while also integrating bordering disciplines) and supported by a solid foundation in social-science methodology, BIGSSS offers advanced interdisciplinary training, thus preparing fellows for leading professional positions inside and outside of academia, both nationally and internationally.

BIGSSS’ graduate education and research can be subsumed under the umbrella theme “Changing Patterns of Social and Political Integration“. The umbrella theme is used to achieve the degree of coherence necessary for fruitful cross-fertilization between the three thematic fields of BIGSSS:

  • Field A: “Global Governance and Regional Integration“
  • Field B: “Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life“
  • Field C: “Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts“

BIGSSS is based on the collaboration among a number of outstanding research institutes at the two universities and can draw on a prodigious social-science landscape both at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. This cooperation facilitates the early integration of doctoral students into a strong research environment, and ensures a cutting-edge research orientation in BIGSSS’ curricular and thematic development.

Juan Carlos Castillo, COES

Juan Carlos Castillo, COES


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