About the Graduate School

The Jena Graduate School Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change is a university institution located at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

It is a joint initiative of leading scholars of the

  • School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Max Planck Institute of Economics.

The major contributing disciplines are

  • Applied Ethics
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology.

Each of these disciplines aims at different aspects and levels of analysis, ranging from the individual, the social group and organisation to the social and economic system, with an emphasis on the initiation of, and the adaptation to change.

The general objectives of the Graduate School are education to excellence and the stimulation of outstanding research by providing a framework for doctoral programmes in the social sciences with common standards at a top-quality international level. Programmes of each of the participating disciplines are opened, and interdisciplinarity is further strengthened by a new and unique study- and research programme.