Dr. Georg Mildenberger

Centre for Social Investment (CSI)
Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology
Heidelberg University

Postal address:
Bergheimer Str. 58
69115 Heidelberg

Voßstr. 2, building no. 4410

Phone: 06221 54 11959


Georg Mildenberger (Dr. phil. Technical University of Darmstadt, 2003) heads the research department of the Heidelberg Center for Social Investment (CSI). Since January, 2022, he has been Acting Director of the CSI.

He has been working at the CSI since spring 2007. Initially, he prepared the postgraduate program Nonprofit Management and Governance and supervised the accreditation of the program. Since fall 2008, he worked as a project manager at CSI. Since 2009, he has headed the research department.

Current projects

Main areas of work

  • Management of various projects, especially collaborative projects
  • Acquisition of third-party funding
  • Representation of the research unit within and outside the university
  • IT support

Completed research projects (selection)

  • SE Mapping (EC)
  • Real-World Laboratory: Asylum Seekers, Cross-sectional project Civic Engagement and Trisectoral Governance (MWK Baden-Württemberg)
  • CrESSI (EC)
  • Evaluation of the Equal Opportunities Act of Baden-Württemberg
  • FASI – Impact Assessment of Social Innovations
  • New Technologies and Social Innovation
  • Citizen participation on large-scale construction projects – Identification of non-participation despite personal concern
  • Internationalization of the voluntary services BFD, FSJ, FÖJ – The potential of „Incoming“ for Germany
  • BFD Projekt
  • QBE

You can find further information about projects here.


Link to my publications in the Heidelberg University Library heiBIB

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2022: Acting Director of the CSI
  • Since 2009: Head of Research (CSI)
  • 2008 - 2009: Project manager, Senior Researcher (CSI)
  • 2007 - 2009: Senior Researcher (Centrum für Soziale Investitionen und Innovationen CSI, Forschungsstelle des Max-Weber-Instituts für Soziologie der Universität Heidelberg)
  • 10/2002 - 08/2007: Senior Researcher and project manager (International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), University of Tübingen)
  • 01/2002 - 08/2007: Researcher at Coordination Center for Environment (now Coordination Center for Sustainable Development) at FH Nürtingen (Prof. Dr. Albrecht Müller)
  • 01/2000 - 12/2001: Consultant (denkfabrik 96)
  • 04/1995 - 10/1996: Research Assistant (Academy for Technology Assessment Baden-Württemberg)
  • 2003: Promotion Dr. phil. TU Darmstadt
  • 1997 - 1999: PhD student, fellow (with scholarship) at DFG post-graduate college “Technology and Society” at Technical University of Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt)
  • 1987 - 1995 : University of Tübingen, MA Philosophy and Political Science


  • International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
  • European Research Network on Philanthropy ERNOP member of the board (Schatzmeister)
  • Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge, appointed member of the working group "Freiwilligendienste und bürgerschaftliches Engagement" (until 2018)
  • INTRA Lab – Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board (2014-2022)
  • Institute for Work and Technology, Westfälischen Hochschule, member of the advisory board