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Socioeconomics

Pro­file of the de­part­ment so­cioeco­nom­ics

So­cioeco­nom­ics re­flects the embed­ded­ness of the economy into the so­ci­ety and the bio­phys­ical nature. Promp­ted by ac­tual and anti­cip­ated crises, it util­izes a range of di­verse ap­proaches and meth­od­o­lo­gies to describe, un­der­stand, and ex­plain so­cial, eco­nomic, polit­ical and eco­lo­gical devel­op­ments.  

The De­part­ment of So­cioeco­nom­ics in­teg­rates vari­ous so­cial science ap­proaches to fa­cil­it­ate the ana­lysis of eco­nomic and so­ci­etal is­sues re­lated to, in­ter alia, eco­nomic growth, inequal­ity, and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. Only by draw­ing on di­verse un­der­stand­ings of eco­nom­ics and econom­ies can we hope and ex­pect to grasp the full com­plex­ity and in­ter­de­pend­en­cies of the so­cial, eco­nomic, polit­ical and eco­lo­gical world.  

Our re­search aims at shap­ing so­ci­ety. By ad­dress­ing the rel­ev­ant is­sues, by util­iz­ing in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary re­search designs, and by present­ing our find­ings we re­spect the par­tic­u­lar con­texts and co­oper­ate with rel­ev­ant so­ci­etal act­ors. We develop po­ten­tial new solu­tions for so­ci­etal prob­lems and demon­strate the ex­ist­ence of al­tern­at­ive strategies.

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