University of Mannheim

Irena Kogan

Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan

Irena Kogan, PI of the PARFORM, is a full professor of comparative sociology at the University of Mannheim. Her research interests include ethnicity and migration, social stratification and transition from school-to-work. In addition to PARFORM, Irena Kogan is a co-PI of the German part of the “Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries” (CILS4EU-DE) (DFG), which data will be used in the PARFORM-Project.

Irena Kogan is a Member of the European Academy of Sociology, an associate editor of the European Sociological Review and a board member of the Transition in Youth Network. Since 2009, she has been a Board member and since 2013 a Secretary-Treasurer of the European Consortium for Social Research (ECSR).

Stefanie Heyne

Dr. Stefanie Heyne

Dr. Stefanie Heyne is a postdoctoral research associate in the PARFORM Project. Her research interests include gender inequalities in the family and the labor market, migration, and quantitative methods. Within the project, she focuses on partnership preferences of refugees and the established German population.

Stefanie received her doctorate from the University of Mannheim with a thesis on “Culture and female labor force participation in international comparison”. Before joining PARFORM she worked in the project “Young Women’s Labour Market Chances in Muslim Middle Eastern and Northern African Countries” (MZES) as well as a teaching associate at the University of Bamberg and at the LMU Munich.

Chadi Abdul-Rida

Dr. Chadi Abdul-Rida

Chadi is a postdoctoral researcher in the PARFORM project. His prior research was at the intersection of family and migration sociology. He wrote his PhD thesis at the University of Chemnitz (Germany) about the role of the family in the partner choice of immigrants and their children. He is also interested in several other research fields related to migration sociology, i.e. ethnic identification, perceived discrimination and immigrants’ well-being.

In PARFORM, Chadi will conduct the in-depth interviews with the Syrian interviewees and with the gained information he will help to further develop the questionnaire for the quantitative interviews. Due to his skills in web development, he will also be responsible for implementing the online survey for the second and third waves.

Jana Kuhlemann

Jana Kuhlemann

Jana is a PhD student in Sociology at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS, University of Mannheim). She obtained her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology at the University of Mannheim. Her research interests include the fields of social inequality, migration and family sociology. Starting in September 2021, she is working as a researcher in the PARFORM project hosted by the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES).

Omar Alsawadi

Omar Alsawadi

Omar is a student assistant in the PARFORM project. He is responsible for the transcription and translation of the Arabic in-depth audio interviews into German text. He is also helping to test the questionnaire for the quantitative survey and check its translation from German to Arabic.

Michelle Maier

Michelle Maier

Michelle is a student assistant in the PARFORM project. One of her tasks is to help review the questionnaire for the quantitative survey. She also does literature research on different subjects related to the project such as the measurement of physical attractiveness of the interview participants.

Cooperation Partner


Infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 864683).