The TRA 4 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

How do we as individuals affect society and how does society in turn influence us in our actions? What role do institutions play here and how can they be designed to sustainably ensure equal opportunities and social cohesion in the age of globalization and digitization?

In order to do justice to this broad spectrum of questions, many perspectives must be taken. Economic questions are combined with legal, political, sociological, cultural, media-related and religious ones. This list is certainly not complete, but it makes clear that many disciplines are needed to do justice to such a transdisciplinary research area (TRA).

In the TRA 4 (under the short title 'TRA Individuals and Societies'), members of the Faculty of Law and Political Science, the Faculty of Philosophy, and the two Faculties of Theology conduct research on these questions; in addition, our members include members of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, and other scientific institutions.

© Bialek/Uni Bonn

Inspiration from tradition

A challenge for the researchers of the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' is often the data situation. If existing data, such as official statistical surveys by offices and authorities, cannot be used, the researchers become active themselves. To this end, they use large-scale empirical studies, surveys and laboratory experiments such as those conducted at BonnEconLab, one of the oldest laboratories for experimental economic research.

The BonnEconLab goes back to Reinhard Selten. The later Nobel Prize winner for economics (1994) founded the lab as early as 1984. His courage to think differently still inspires researchers today - and we would like to build on this in the TRA 'Individuals & Societies': because Bonn scientists not only conduct research on individuals, institutions and societies, they also strive to give back the knowledge they have gained, for example in the context of collaborations that extend beyond scientific research institutions into politics and the living world.

Our vision: collaboration beyond the boundaries of specialist disciplines

The most important tasks of the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' include the promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations and the establishment of new collaborative research projects. In order to achieve this, the TRA is designed as an interactive platform for networking and scientific exchange. It thus offers a variety of points of contact for established scientists as well as for young researchers.

Network & Cooperation Partners

The TRA 'Individuals & Societies' connects with its questions various actors from the faculties of the University of Bonn and existing research institutions, such as the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities 'Law as Culture', the 'Forschungskolleg normative Gesellschaftsgrundlagen', the International Center for Philosophy, the Graduiertenkolleg NRW Digitale Gesellschaft and many others.

Organization of TRA 'Individuals & Societies

Prof. Dr. André Beauducel
Institute for Psycholgy
Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin von Gaudecker
Institute for Applied Microeconomics

Born members:


Representatives Professorate:


Representatives of the Status Groups:

  • Jakob Wegmann (mid-level faculty, Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Jan Voosholz (mid-level faculty, Faculty of Arts)

  • Simone Jost (administrative and technical staff, Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • N.N. (administrative and technical staff)

  • Julian Esders (representative, Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Debora Eller (representative, Faculty of Arts)
Johanna Tix

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

TRA 'Individuals & Societies' student assistants:

  • Andrea Haag

The TRA 'Individuals & Societies' is closely linked to four faculties of the University of Bonn:

The deans of these four faculties are members of the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' Steering Committee.

All important information about the structure, objectives and legal basis of TRA 'Individuals & Societies' can be found in our statute.

Within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (MKW).

Contact for further information

Johanna Tix

Manager of the TRA

Dechenstraße 3-11

53115 Bonn

More from TRA 4 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'


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


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


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

Wird geladen