Julia Gabler has been working as a research assistant in the project "Social Structural Change and Responsive Policy Advice in Lusatia" at the IASS since October 2018. The sociologist studied in Cologne, Brussels and Berlin and worked as a journalist (very precariously) the first few years after her studies. She is familiar with the ethnographic research of transformation issues and worked among others in the BMBF joint project: "'Social Capital in the Transformation of European Societies" as well as in the context of her dissertation, an ethnographic study in shrinking industrial cities in East and West Germany on the life-world perspectives of social changes and transformations as well as (re) fractions. Her doctorate was supported by a state scholarship of the Free State of Thuringia in the Research Training Group of the University of Jena "Time Structures of the Social" and by a scholarship of the DFG Kolleg Post-growth Societies at the University of Jena.
Curiosity and "the alienation of one's own culture" (Amann / Hirschauer) leads her back to the field, to the countryside, to the cities, to the pub. There, "where the action is" (Goffman), is Julia Gabler with her interest in knowledge home - in conversation with the people. Since 2015 she lives and works in Görlitz and did some research on the whereabouts of qualified women in Eastern Saxony as well as on creativity potential in rural areas.