• European Solidarity

    The Progressive Governance Summit 2022 on 12-13 October will be co-hosted by the Konstanz Research Center "The Politics of Inequality". Our researchers Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sharon Baute, Prof. Dr. Dirk Leuffen and Max Heermann will present their research and approaches to a panel of policy makers from different EU countries.

    The session will be livestreamed - and the rest of the PGS 2022 program will pique your interest as well!

  • Save the Date(s)

    During Winter Term 2022/2023, our In_equality Colloquium talk series is going to continue, featuring talks by:

    Nathalie Giger (University of Geneva)

    Dietmar Fehr (Heidelberg University)

    Alexander Horn (University of Konstanz)

    Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva)

    Rohini Pande (Yale University)

    and other internal and external speakers.

    The In_equality Colloquium takes place Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. - make sure you save the dates!

  • Research Day

    With summer break coming up, the "Politics of Inequality" community got together for a "Research Day" at term's end to discuss the perceptions (and misperceptions) of inequality. Researchers of our center offered updates on their progress and presented their latest results - to lively discussion and exchange.

    Concluding the presentations, we had a lively fishbowl discussion on how we should be studying the perception of inequality, and what aspects have been given short shrift up to now, for instance, what should be the respective role of subjective vs. objective definitions of inequality.

    At the end of the day, it was great to meet up once more before scattering for a well-earned vacation for a special "Research Day". But how did one of our fellows put it? "Every day at the Cluster is research day!"

  • Climate Change in Science

    How should science address the threat of climate change? Science has a responsibility: not only in recognizing and naming the problems, but also in developing solutions. But how should it deal with the uncertainties and complexities of research in communicating knowledge? And how must science itself change in the face of these enormous challenges?

    These and other questions will be explored by the Wissenschaftsforum Konstanz in a public conference (in German) on "Klimwandel in der Wissenschaft" ("Climate Change in Science") on 11-12 November 2022. Further information on the conference can be found here.

Current news

What an employee referral is worth

An employee referral programme introduced in an experiment involving Konstanz economist Professor Nick Zubanov reduces staff turnover by 15%. The most plausible reason: workers like being involved in the hiring process

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Large contribution to sustainability goals

In the THE Impact Ranking 2022, the University of Konstanz again placed among the top 100 worldwide in two categories assessing the social impact of universities on sustainability. In Germany, Konstanz shared the top overall rating with the Freie Universität Berlin.

Vaccination mandates: What moves resistance and acceptance?

Study by the University of Konstanz and the Santa Fe Institute: Mandating vaccination could harden opposition, but may nevertheless be necessary. Trust in the state and in the vaccines is key for vaccine willingness and acceptance of mandatory vaccination.

Women in leadership at crisis-ridden companies

Research into why female executives in many companies are only given a chance in a crisis situation published in the Journal of Management. Collaboration between organizational researcher Professor Florian Kunze from the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz, Dr Max Reinwald and Dr Johannes Zaia.

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