TRA 4 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

Transdisciplinary Research Area 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

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Each of us is part of society. But how do we, as individuals, affect society and how does it influence us in our own actions? What does this look like for institutions? How can institutions be designed to sustainably ensure equal opportunities and social cohesion in the age of globalization and digitalization?

These are questions that fall within the transdisciplinary research area (TRA) "Individuals, Institutions and Societies". The scientists in this TRA are investigating key influences on our social and economic decisions: Resource conservation, protection of art and cultural assets, morality and ethics, and determinants of human agency and motivation.

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About the TRA 4

Learn more about goals and the organization of the transdisciplinary research area.

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Read here about the research profile, topics and funded projects of our TRA.

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Information on offers, funding opportunities and events of our TRA can be found here.

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Here you can learn more about our network, our members and about our cooperation partners.

You want to do transdisciplinary research yourself, realize a project or network? Become a member of our TRA!

Funding opportunities of TRA 4 'Individuals & Societies'

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We support your third-party funding application from the idea to networking, start-ups and service to the application:

  • Idea: Use TRA-specific calls, programs and events
  • Network: find cooperation partners, develop & discuss ideas in workshops
  • Start-up: launch projects & apply for (financial/ideal) funding for start-ups or events
  • Service: Application consulting for TRA and third-party funds
  • Application: project support and contact to specific consulting and service institutions

High Profile Professorships

The establishment of high-caliber professorships is a central measure of the University of Bonn within the framework of its excellence strategy. To ensure institutional renewal and the further dynamic development of our university, we have established Hertz, Schlegel and Argelander Tenure Track Professorships aimed at strengthening the Transdisciplinary Research Areas (TRAs) as well as the faculties. More information on each program can be found here.

Renowned reinforcement for the University of Bonn: Ethicist Christiane Woopen, agricultural economist Matin Qaim and theologian Klaus von Stosch fill new professorships of excellence. With the first High Profile Professorships financed by Excellence funds, three top-class scientific personalities are coming to the University of Excellence to open up new fields of research and provide important impulses in various disciplines.

Namhafte Forschende besetzen neue Exzellenzprofessuren der Universität Bonn

Callings of the TRA 4

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 Hertz Professorship in 'Life Ethics'

 Prof. Dr. med. Christiane Woopen

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Argelander Professorship in Environmental Economics, Sustainability and Inequality

 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Mink

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Argelander Professorship in the Law of Sustainability and Ecological Transformation

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Lorenzen

Schlegel professorships of the participating faculties

Phone: +49 228 73-7679


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Phone:  +49 (0) 228 73-62160


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André Beauducel

Spokespersons of the TRA 'Individuals and Societies'; Department for Psychology

+49 228 734151

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin von Gaudecker

Spokespersons of the TRA 'Individuals and Societies'; Institute for Applied Microeconomics

+49 228 739357

Johanna Tix

Manager TRA 'Individuals & Societies'; Strategic Development and Quality Assusrance

Poppelsdorfer Allee 24

53115 Bonn

+49 171 33 160 47

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