Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Opielka, Dipl. Päd.

Managing and Scientific Director of the ISÖ - Institute for Social Ecology in Siegburg and Professor of Social Policy at the Ernst-Abbe-University in Jena.


From 2012 to 2016, Prof. Dr. Michael Opielka was the scientific and managing director of the IZT – Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin. In the summer semester of 2015, Michael Opielka was a guest professor for “Social Sustainability” at the University of Leipzig. Since the winter semester of 2000/2001, Prof. Opielka has been teaching at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Ernst-Abbe-University of Jena (EAH Jena) and represents the area of ​​social policy. As a private lecturer in sociology, he teaches at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of social reform analysis and policy consulting, his research interests are in the field of cultural and religious sociology, social policy research and qualitative social research. He also works in group-analytic supervision and organizational consulting. He studied law, educational sciences and psychology at the Universities of Tübingen and Zürich (Dipl.-Päd., 1983). He was a professor at the Humboldt-University in Berlin (Dr. rer. Soc. 1996) and habilitated with Venia Sociology at the University of Hamburg (2008). Research stays inter alia at the University of California at Berkeley (Dept. of Sociology 1990-1, School of Social Welfare, 2004-5). Guest professor of social sustainability at the University of Leipzig (2015). Prior to his appointment at the EAH Jena in 2000, he worked as a rector and managing director of the Alanus College (for art and society) in Alfter near Bonn (1997-2000), as head of department at the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (1995-6 ), as managing director and head of the Karl Kübel Foundation for Child and Family (1994-5) and as a research assistant at the Universities of Tübingen and Düsseldorf. Between 1983 and 1987 he worked as a scientific adviser for social policy of the Green Party in the federal parliament. In 1987 he founded, among others, with André Gorz, Georg Vobruba, Gunnar Adler-Karlsson and Christian Leipert, the “Institute of Social Ecology”. Michael Opielka was born in Stuttgart in 1956.

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The current publication directory as well as the download of most of Prof. Opielka’s publications can be found here (mostly German):