The departments of the SHSS research and teach topics relevant to today's living and working environments, and deepening our knowledge of these both  theoretically and empirically. Special attention is paid to cultural and social factors that influence economic and political events. The SHSS supports both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research at a high academic level, while also promoting cooperation with disciplines outside the SHSS. Local, regional, national and global focal points are all equally important.

The research activities at the SHSS are characterized by a great thematic and methodological diversity. Its work is widely published in leading journals and textbooks and highly respected by national and international specialist communities.