EPoS Summits

The meeting, which takes place twice a year - before Christmas and before Easter - and to which all researchers who are members of the research area are invited, aims to connect all members in terms of content and socially. Its primary purpose is to provide information about the strategic direction, activities of the research area, its research centres, its doctoral programs and its research groups. At this meeting, new working groups and clusters, new projects and individual initiatives are to be created or discussed, and new members are to be admitted. The main focus of the event is to approach the content through presentations of the work in the research centres, the further development of the research area's research agendas in terms of content, for example through keynote speeches by internationally renowned guest speakers, or through the selection of formats, for example in the form of workshops and fireside chats.

EPoS Summer Summit 2022

The first EPoS Summer Summit of our Research Area EPoS Economy, Politics and Society finally gave us the chance to come together and meet, talk and discusst. ENCOUNTER NEW THINGS COURAGEOUSLY AND OPENLY!


Together. Andrea Hemetsberger welcomed all members and put the first EPoS Summer Summit under the motto of "coming together". After the first epic year in digital distance, we particularly enjoyed meeting new people and seeing familiar faces in the beautiful ambience of the Madonnensaal at the Faculty of Theology. About 50 scientists accepted our invitation to listen to exciting talks and to seize the breaks for socializing and networking.




Funded. For the first time, EPoS had announced the Young Scholar Research Grant supporting 15 exciting projects in the upcoming year. Among them were 8 applications from the Faculty of Economics and Statistics, 5 from the Faculty of Business Administration, and 2 from the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology. We are very much looking forward to see the individual works grow. Funded projects will be presented at the upcoming EPoS Summits.



Good scientific work. Albrecht Becker, representative of the Ombuds Office of the University of Innsbruck for the Social and Economic Sciences, presented the basic idea and work of the Ombuds Office. The office provides anonymous, neutral, confidential and mediatory support in case of concerns or problems related to good scientific work.




Estimated. Heiner Schumacher's work aims to show that empirical search cost estimates tend to increase with the size of the transaction, even if search can be done conveniently online. An online search experiment with students and MTurk workers confirmed that people are less sensitive to fixed-size price variations when the price of a good increases. By combining average hourly earnings and the duration of search, experiments show that the search cost estimates from the modified model capture subjects' true opportunity costs of time.



Sculpting. Multi Sensory Sculpting helps retrieve and materialize embodied forms of brand meaning. Our members explored a variety of material objects to stimulate their senses, choose those that intuitively represent our research area EPoS, and built a collective sculpture. Following the theoretical idea of embodied knowledge, , members made our research area EPoS visible and tangible . Many small parts thus grew together to form one big (brand) picture.





Normed. In his work, Christian König investigates role and reference group dependence in the elicitation of injunctive and descriptive social norms. Using mini-dictator games designed to uncover distributive motives, researchers experimentally vary whether decision-makers and recipients either separately or jointly coordinate on social norms. The work finds that descriptive social norms (what is done) are more strongly related to the leader's decisions than injunctive norms (what should be done).


Mixed. Stereotypical language in job ads not only reduces equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups such as young professionals, women or older job seekers, but also reduces the pool of applicants. Martina Kohlberger presents the Job Ad Decoder JADE, which was developed together with the Chamber of Labour - AK Vienna. JADE recognizes stereotypical formulation and replaces them with neutral wording suggestions in order to promote diversity in companies.




Elected. Philipp Umek's research focuses on local elections in Austria with the goal of creating a comprehensive database on local elections in Austria for the last 30 years. The dataset will be available to the scholarly community and will enable comparative research on local elections and promote interest and research on elections and voting behavior at the local level in Austria.


Refugee. In his keynote talk, Dominik Hangartner from ETH Zurich shared his insights into refugee flows. He reported how Switzerland, but also other countries, deal with the challenge of integration. There is little evidence on how asylum policies and procedures affect subsequent integration in the host country. Hangartner’s work demonstrates the importance of a strategic geopolitical distribution of migrants that corresponds with local labor market structures and herewith also supports social integration. The first months play a decisive role in integration (integration window) and have long-term positive or negative consequences for both, refugees and host countries.



Grateful for the new research insights

Andrea Hemetsberger, Esther Blanco, Marcelo Jenny,
Josephine Pöll und Eva Zipperle-Mirwald



Programm Summer Summit 2022
Slides EPoS
Slides Albrecht Becker
Slides Heiner Schumacher
Slides Christian König
Slides Martina Kohlberger
Slides Philipp Umek
Slides Dominik Hangartner



1. EPoS Winter Summit des FSPs EPoS am 17.12.2021

The first EPoS Summit of our Research Area EPoS Economy, Politics and Society with about 100 participants from various research centers and areas was held under the motto 'Openness'.

Andrea Hemetsberger (speaker) emphasizes the importance to approach research with open mindsets, openness for new ideas but also openness as a practice of transparency and sharing insights for the betterment of science, economy, politics, and society. Ms. Meropi Tzanetakis (Senior Scientist) introduces the research group "Law, Security and Society", which recently joined our University and EPoS. Andreas Steinmayr (University Professor for Empirical Economic Research), presents the newly founded research center

Andrea Hemetsberger

"Innsbruck Quantitative Social Sciences - IQSS" and Theo Hug (University Professor for Media, Society and Communication) reports about "Innsbruck Media Studies", including the highlights of the Media Day 2021.


Thomas Sterner

Openness and open data, respectively also needs a potent partner for administration of research data, which was represented by AUSSDA - The Austrian Social Science Data Archive, introduced by Dimitri Prandner. A more detailed Workshop on open data is organized in January. Our first keynote speaker, Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Gothenburg speaks about “Carbon Pricing”, reflecting: ‘who should pay more producers or consumers?’ Thomas Sterner explain how

carbon pricing has been effectually implemented in Sweden. The entire presentation can be downloaded here.


Mathias Streicher Mathias Streicher (Assistant Professor of Retailing) presents his A+ publication, "Getting a Handle on Sales: Shopping Carts Affect Purchasing by Activating Arm Muscles." Streicher researches how shopping cart handles affect consumer purchasing behavior. He draws important implications for retailers as well as consumers to optimize

instore shopping behavior. John Levis Martin's theory talk on the perils and biases of asking people about the reasons what they do or what they think they do was the grand finale. Martin illustrated his theses by looking at court decision-making and the tendency to abstract reasoning, which is difficult to question, rather than deciding on the basis of justice. Martin is Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. The entire talk can be downloaded here.


John Levis Martin

The next Summit will take place on 08.04.2022 in the morning and promises exciting insights into the fields of transnational communication on the one hand and migration policy on the other hand with the two keynote speakers Ingrid Volkmer from the University of Melbourne and Dominik Hangartner from ETH Zurich.


About a successful event are pleased

Andrea Hemetsberger, Esther Blanco, Marcelo Jenny, Eva Zipperle-Mirwald and Josephine Pöll




Beginning. 19th of March 2021 the kick-off Meeting of the new research area EPoS Economy, Politics and Society

AlignmentEPoS celebrates its beginning, creating space for joint research initiatives for Economy, Politics and Society. Over 400 Meeting Screenshotscholars from the social and economic sciences, organizational psychology, media studies, and educational research have joined forces to pool their excellent research, yet quite fragmented knowledge; to understand current social developments and tackle pressing problems.

We are in the middle of the 'Corona years', an economic, political and societal challenge and an even greater sustainability responsibility that no longer allow for boundaries between scientific disciplines. More than 100 researchers from five participating faculties therefore met on March 19 for an 'epic new beginning' - the virtual kick-off meeting of the new research area EPoS Economy, Politics & Society. This seventh research area at the University of Innsbruck combines the strengths of existing collaborative Research Groups, successful Research Centres, and two Doctoral Programs with new fields of research that are currently being established.

Words. Vice Rector Tanzer is our first guest. Ulrike Tanzer does not miss the opportunity to share with EPoS her excitement about this research initiative, to encourage its members to become a major, meaningful research area, and to express her hope that the merger of two former major research platforms 'eeecon' and 'Organizations & Society' will be a new platform for large-scale research projects. The elected spokesperson for the new research area, Andrea Hemetsberger, emphasizes the responsibility that science carries and the passion, curiosity, networking, collaboration, critical thinking, and rigorous methodology that research needs to meet its responsibilities.

Centres. The new research area consists of five major centres in Accounting Theory & Research; Education, Generations, Life Course; Innsbruck Decision Sciences; Social Theory; Strategic Leadership-Branding-Innovation. Organizational Participation and Meaning in Life, Innsbruck Media Studies, and the Innovation Cluster for Vocational Education and Training Research form important areas of research that reach across social and economic sciences and beyond university boundaries. Two existing doctoral programs will also become part of EPoS: #OrganizingtheDigital and Political Institutions and Leadership in a Contingent World. Empirical Economics and Sustainable Resource Management are already emerging as new centres and areas. During the kick-off meeting, the heads of the participating research centres, doctoral programs and research groups will give a brief insight into the work of their research centres and groups. In the course of the upcoming months, getting to know each other, joint activities and workshops will be a particular focus in order to network faculties, institutes, centres and divisions.

Talk. Keynote speaker Anna Dreber Almenberg (Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics) provokes in the Anna Dreber Almenbergsecond part of the kick-off meeting with the question: "Which scientific results can we trust?" This question shakes the foundations of empirical research by questioning significance levels, revealing statistical errors, and testing the reproducibility of results - a particularly sensitive issue in the social sciences, where no or hardly any natural laws exist. We would like to thank Anna Dreber Almenberg for her exciting input, but also all the researchers who took the time to start together.

We look forward to a lively and productive research exchange and many shared meeting spaces.

Team. Andrea Hemetsberger, head, Esther Blanco and Marcelo Jenny as vice heads together with Eva Zipperle-Mirwald and Josephine Pöll form the management and coordination team of the new research area. For an insight into our new research area EPoS and the participating research centres, please have a look around on our webpage. Among other things, the keynote talk can be found here for "review", as well as numerous research contributions by participating researchers in our video library.





To see the previous meeting reports click here.


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