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Junior professorship for "Methods of the Social Science Research in Vocational Education and Training"

in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)


Research focuses

Social Inequalities, Education, Labor Markets, VET, School-to-Work Transitions

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2022 Assistant Professor in Sociology, Empirical Methods in Vocational Education and Training, WiSo-Faculty, University of Cologne and Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). in Bonn (Jülicher Modell)
  • 2021-2022 Substitute Professor “Quantitative Methods in Empirical Social Research and Social Stratification Analysis”, Europa-Universität Flensburg
  • 2013-2021 Senior Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2012 Dr. phil. in Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Selected publications

  • Flohr, M. and Protsch, P. (2022). Young people’s job-search strategies in the German apprenticeship market: Who relies on referrals by strong ties and why?  Acta Sociologica  OnlineFirst
  • Protsch, P. (2021). Employers’ recruitment contexts and hiring preferences in the German youth labor market. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 73.
  • Flohr, M., Menze, L. and Protsch, P. (2020). Berufliche Aspirationen im Kontext regionaler Berufsstrukturen. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 72, 79–104.
  • Borgna, C., Solga, H. and Protsch, P. (2019). Overeducation, Labor Market Dynamics, and Economic Downturn in Europe. European Sociological Review, 35, 116‐132.
  • Protsch, P. (2017). Getting a foot in the door: How organisational characteristics shape recruitment decisions in the dual apprenticeship system. Journal of Education and Work, 30, 585-598.
  • Protsch, P. and Solga H. (2017). Going across Europe for an Apprenticeship. A factorial survey experiment on employers’ hiring preferences in Germany. Journal of European Social Policy, 27, 387-399.
  • Dumont, H., Protsch P., Jansen, M. and Becker, M. (2017). Fish swimming into the ocean: How tracking relates to students’ self‐beliefs and school disengagement at the end of schooling. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109, 855-870.
  • Protsch, P. and Solga, H. (2015). How Employers Use Signals of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills at Labor Market Entry. Insights from Field Experiments. European Sociological Review, 31, 521–532.
  • Protsch, P. (2014). Segmentierte Ausbildungsmärkte. Berufliche Chancen von Hauptschülerinnen und Hauptschülern im Wandel. Opladen: Budrich UniPress

Contact information

Dr. Paula Protsch

Phone: tba
Email: protsch@wiso.uni-koeln,de