ERC Grant for Mannheim Sociologist Lars Leszczensky for Research on the Future of Social Interaction

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant to Mannheim Sociologist Dr. Lars Leszczensky. The researcher will receive approx. 1.5 million euros to analyze how the social contacts of children influence those of their parents, and vice versa.

Societies in Europe are becoming more diverse, for example in ethnicity and religion. However, from childhood until adulthood most people are friends with people of the same group. How will social divisions change over time? Are the social contacts of children similar to those of their parents – although they grow up in more diverse societies? As the diversity in the daily life of children increases, does this also influence the social contacts of their parents?

Dr. Lars Leszczensky, a 38-years old sociologist at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, has been researching social integration and inter group relations for more than ten years. The Research Council of the European Union (ERC) has now awarded an ERC Starting Grant to Leszczensky.

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