Social and economic history of Europe and global transformations since the late 1980s. Founder of RECET with his Wittgenstein Prize.
At the moment he guides two comparative research projects on shipyards in eastern Europe and on volunteerism before and after 1989.
Gender history and history of everyday life in state socialist societies after World War II, postcolonial perspectives on post-socialism.
She directs a German-Polish research project (DFG/NCN) about “Rooms for Manoeuvre in State Socialism”.
Migration history, Transnational and Comparative history.
He currently works on a project entitled “Liberal Global Orders and Freedom of Movement.” He also guides a research project on post-Soviet immigrant communities in Germany.
"Stories Of/In Transformation. Literary Narratives of Transformation and Inequality in Post-Socialist Poland".
"From 'perspective planning' to 'strategic adjustment'. Polish Future Research in the transformation from state-socialism to market economy, 1980-2000".
"Transforming statehood in the Habsburg monarchy and its successor states".
"Agents of Globalisation. Yugoslav Enterprises between Nonaligned Transnationalism and Socialism"
"Comrades in Arms: A Global History of Czechoslovakia's Weapons Industry, 1954-1994".
"Cars for the East: The (Il)legal Car Market in Poland, 1980-1990s".
"Strange but Familiar: The Global Microhistory of Contacts between Poland and Vietnam (1955-1989)"
"Transnational nationalism. Far-Right Nationalist Groups in East Central Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries".
"Making a New World? China and the end of the European Cold War, 1979-1991".
"Transformation in Eastern Germany on the Example of VEB Werk für Fernsehelektronik" (working title)
"A Historical Reassessment of Economic Reforms at the Soviet Union’s Western Fringes, 1987–1991".
"Volunteering in Local Communities between Late Socialism and Liberal Capitalism: The History of Volunteer Fire Departments in Germany and East Central Europe, 1980-2000".
"The Smellscapes of Lublin. An Olfactory Urban History of the 20th Century in East Central Europe".
"The Return of National Pride: Competitive Authoritarianism and Transformations of Postsocialist Memory Politics".
"Transformations from Below: Shipyards and Labour Relations in the Uljanik (Croatia) and Gdynia (Poland) since the 1980s".
„Photography and Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Literatures“
"Talking Borders, Telling History – Border Perceptions from Post-Socialist Central and Eastern Europe"
"Modernization of Sexuality and the Construction of Deviance in Soviet Lithuania (MoSeLit)"
“Tourism as memory-making: heritage and memory wars in post-Soviet cities”
"Soviet Psychiatry in Domestic Politics and International Networks".
"'No Euroshima!’ Anti-war protest as experience of social transformation".
"An urban ethnography of ugliness: Relating past and present in Czech and Slovak cities through "visual smog".