Our International Research Consortium
We are an international research consortium with teams at three different universities (Witten/Herdecke University, Germany; University of Helsinki, Finland; Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium). Our researchers bring in expertise from a variety of fields, such as Philosophy, Neuroscience, Economics, and Psychology. Here you can find out more about our academic backgrounds and recent publications. You will also find contact information for all team members. Please feel invited to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
We are a group of senior researchers and two PhD students covering the disciplines of philosophy, economics and neurosciences.
Team leader is Professor Jens Harbecke, philosopher of science with a special focus on neurosciences and economics, who has contributed substantial research on the so-called ‘mechanistic’ or ‘constitutive explanations’ approach in the philosophy of science that we deploy in our project. Read MorePublications
Professor Carsten Herrmann-Pillath is economist and transdisciplinary researcher in the field of evolutionary economics, who has published extensively on methodological issues of neuroeconomics, the interdisciplinary theory of money and multi-level explanations of economic phenomena. Read MorePublications
Marie Bobe has graduated in psychology and pursues the three case studies from the perspective of neurosciences. Read More
Lea Diederichsen is an economist and philosopher who looks at the three cases from the perspective of economics. Read More
Master student in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Witten/Herdecke University Read More
Bachelor student in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Witten/Herdecke University. Read More
Bachelor Student in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (B. A.) and Psychology & Psychotherapy (B. Sc.) at Witten/Herdecke University Read More
Both PhD students work in each of the three case studies together, thus pro-actively aiming at disciplinary integration. Lea’s economics PhD project is supervised by Jens and Carsten, the philosopher and the economist, Marie’s neuroscience PhD project is supervised by Martina and Carsten, the neuroscientist and the economist.
We are a group of a senior researcher and three post-doctoral researchers covering a variety of fields in philosophy, e.g. philosophy of science, applied ethics, and metaethics.
Postdoctoral researcher Susanne Uusitalo is a scholar of applied philosophy and ethics. She specializes in philosophy of addiction and has published on several issues concerning addiction and autonomy in platforms ranging from neuroethics to public health ethics. Read MorePublications
Postdoctoral researchers all work in their areas of expertise thus providing an extensive approach to the issues of consumer and welfare policy, especially in the issues related to addiction control and governance.