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Jana-Maria Albrecht

Graduate Student

Technische Universität Berlin
School VI: Planning Building Environment
Department of Sociology

Fraunhoferstraße 33-36
Sekretariatszeichen FH 9-1
10587 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 314 27994
Room: FH 809

Research Project

Collective Improvisation and Innovation in Fields. A New Perspective on Labour Market Integration of Refugees.

In my PhD project I am investigating how the regulation of labour market integration of refugees in the state of Berlin has changed since 2015 until today. The public often proclaims an innovative paradigm shift - away from restrictive and towards open access to the labour market. Using qualitative methods, I analyze which topics in the field of labour market integration are particularly fought over by which actors and where regulations are finally (re-)constituted. For me, not only state actors from politics and administration play an important role, but also migrant organizations, various initiatives and projects - ultimately actors who participate in the development of the field of labour market integration of refugees in Berlin. 

I am interested in how this development is concretely shaped in cooperation and struggle between heterogeneous actors. In the interplay between empiricism and theory, I try to develop a concept of collective improvisation in organizational fields that will serve as an analytical aid for moments of social upheaval and crisis. In this context, I also investigate the recursive interplay of collective improvisation with (social) innovations in fields. 


Since 04|2018
Graduate Student at the DFG-Graduate School "Innovation Society Today" of the Department of Sociology at the Technical University Berlin
10|2018 – 03|2019
Lecturer at the University of Potsdam (Seminar „Introduction to the Sociology of Organization and Administration“)
09|2014 – 07/2017 
Student assistant with teaching duties at the Department of Organizational Sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin
11|2012 - 12|2014 
Advisory service for students at the Institute of Sociology at the Technical University of Berlin
10 |2011 –
Bachelor and Master of Arts "Sociology of Technical Sciences” (Subsidiary Subject: Human Factors)


With Dr. Jannis Hergesell: Integration between everyday working life and company organization. Methodological challenges in the investigation of integration routines. 08.01.2020, Organizational sociological colloquium under the direction of Prof. Dr. Heike Ohlbrecht, University of Magdeburg. 

With Dr. Robert Jungmann: Voluntary Organizations and the Translation of the Access-Paradigm in Berlin: Driving Forces in the Field of Refugees' Labour Market Integration. 08.11.2019, OMICS: Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies. Gothenburg, Sweden.

With Tim Seitz: Societal Problem Solving Inside and Outside the Lab. 21.06.19, Summer School "Innovation and Its Others: Neglected aspects of creative destruction. Research Training Group "Innovation Society Today", Technical University Berlin. 

Collective Improvisation and Innovation in the Field. Designing the labour market integration of refugees in Berlin. 09.07.2018, Organizational Sociology Colloquium under the direction of Prof. Dr. Maja Apelt, University of Potsdam.


winter term 2019/2020: "Organisation und Migration: Befunde und Perspektiven". Technische Universität Berlin. 

winter term 2018/2019: "Einführung in Organisations- und Verwaltungssoziologie". Universität Potsdam. 

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