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The Berlin Monitor

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The Berlin urban population is a pool of experiences and is considered a crucial case of a modern urban society. It is shaped by contrasts as well as similarities, by diversity and the struggle for participation and recognition

The Berlin Monitor research project examines the political attitudes of the Berlin population, experiences of discrimination and devaluation towards others, opportunities for participation and political distance as well as experiences of recognition and joint action. In order for this comprehensive consideration and a methodological exchange to be successful, employees of the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute at Leipzig University and the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences work closely together on an interdisciplinary basis and use different methodological approaches.


The project, which is funded by the Berlin Senate, is designed as a long-term observation that takes into account themes that change over time as well as recording developments over longer periods of time. In order to do justice to the many facets of the objects of investigation, a triangulative research design is used: standardized representative surveys have been carried out at regular intervals since 2019. In addition to the quantitative survey, interviews will be conducted with experts from Berlin's progressive civil society and actors who shape and enliven the various living spaces in the city. The Berlin Monitor's third methodological approach involves conducting group discussions and then applying deep hermeneutics to interpret the material.


The Berlin Monitor is one of three critical urban research projects in which the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute of the University of Leipzig is involved together with other research institutions. The aim of the research is to examine political attitudes, discrimination and social cohesion in various German cities. In other projects, EFBI scientists are investigating social conflicts in the "Conflict Space Hamburg" project and the attitudes of young people towards radical Islam and radical anti-Islam in the cities of Braunschweig, Duisburg, Leipzig and Osnabrück in the project Radical Islam vs. Radical Anti-Islam (RIRA).

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