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Postdoc-Network "Learning (from) Transformation" receives financial support from BYRD

We live in times of global challenges. These challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity and pandemic threat have become too ubiquitous to be solved through minor innovation processes. Therefore, the call for transformation in the sense of disruptive, pathbreaking changes has become vital. At the end of the 20th century, post-socialist countries have experienced a radical transformation: The centrally planned economies transformed into a market system and the consequences of these changes are still effective today.

The Postdoc-Network "Learning (from) Transformation" will ask the following questions within regular meetings, the so-called “coffee breaks”: Given today's pressure to transform, what can modern politics, economy, and society learn from past transformation processes? How can transformation succeed, given the various uncertainties and socio-economic obstacles? Finally, which lessons can be learned from the cases of post-socialist transformation for the challenges ahead?

We aim to bring together economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and colleagues from any further discipline from the University of Bremen and its affiliated institutions to discuss the above (and related) questions. The network emerged based on the work in the BMBF-funded project Mod-Block-GDR ( and is now funded by BYRD ( for several years.

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