About the TRA 4 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'

How does an individual influence the society, and how does society impact us in our own actions? How is it for institutions, and how can we shape institutions that sustainably secure equal opportunities and social cohesion in the age of globalization and digitalization?

In order to ascertain this wide spectrum of questions, many differenz perspectives need to be taken into account. Economical questions crossover with legal, political, sociological and religions questions. This list is certainly not complete, but makes clear that many subject areas are needed in the transdisciplinar research area (TRA) 'Individuals, Institutions and Societies'.

For this purpose, the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' integrates members of several faculties (Faculty of Law and Economics, Faulty of Arts, Faculties of Protestant and Catholic Theology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Faculty of Medicine) as well as of several existing research centres.

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Going beyond borders of disciplines

The most important goals of the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' include the promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and the establishment of new collaborative research projects. In order to achive this, the TRA is designed as an interactive platform for networking and scientific exchange, in which both established researchers ans young academics are offered a variety of ponts of contact.

You can get a first insight into the research profile and the projects as well as initiatives funded by the TRA 'Individuals & Societies' here.

You can find an overview of our offers and events here.

Inspired by tradition

Data is an important asset for research in this transdisciplinary researach area (TRA). When there is no access to existing data, such as censuses or other official statistics, researchers build their own through large empirical studies and surveys. This is done, fore example, in the BonnEconLab - one of the oldest laboratories for experimental economic research.

The BonnEconLab was founded in 1984 by Reinhard Selten, who later, in 1994, received a Nobel Prize for his work in Economics. His courage to think differently still inspires scientists. This is something we would like to continue in the TRA 'Individuals & Societies': Because scientists in Bonn 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 academic research, into politics and the world of life.

Spokespersons, Steering Committee and Management

Institute for Applied Microeconomics
Department for Political Sciences and Sociology

Born members:

  • Prof. Dr. Clemens Albrecht (Speaker of the TRA Institutions)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Dohmen (Speaker of the TRA Institutions & Speaker of ECX ECONtribute)
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Kronenberg (Dean of the Faculty of Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen von Hagen (Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Prof. Dr. Cornelia Richter (Dean of the Faculty of Protestant Theology)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jochen Sautermeister (Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology)


Representatives Professorate:

  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Banse (Faculty of Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Durner (Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel (Faculty of Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Louisa Specht-Riemenschneider (Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • Prof. Dr. Caja Thimm (Faculty of Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Florian Zimmermann (Faculty of Law and Economics)


Representatives of the Status Groups:

  • Matthias Schaut, representative non-professorial teaching staff (Faculty of Law and Economics)
  • N.N., student representative
  • N.N., representative administrative and technical staff

Johanna Tix, TRA Manager

Strategic Development and Quality Assusrance

E-Mail (pers.): johanna.tix@uni-bonn.de

E-Mail (functional): tra4@uni-bonn.de666

Tel. (work): +49 (0) 171 / 33 160 47

Members and Cooperation Partners

With the above-mentioned questions, the TRA 'Individual & Societies' integrates the existing research institutions from several faculties, such as the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities 'Law as Cultures', the 'Forschungskolleg normative Gesellschaftsgrundlagen', the International Center for Philosophy, the Graduate School NRW Digital Society and many others.

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