Three Projects of Assistant Prof. Robert Böhm Granted Third-Party Funding: Refugee Acceptance, Vaccination Behavior, Inter-Group Conflicts


Robert Böhm, Assistant Professor of Decision Analysis, has been successful three times over in his application for third-party funding. The three projects, which all involve interdisciplinary methods, are intended to contribute to understanding the willingness to help refugees, to understanding vaccination behavior, and to understanding why people take part in inter-group conflicts. The German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Exploratory Research Space (ERS) of RWTH Aachen University will be providing a total amount of 800,000 Euros in funding.

The BMAS is funding a 3-year research project of Böhm's in collaboration with Hannes Rusch (Philipps University, Marburg) and Paul A. M. Van Lange (Free University of Amsterdam). This project will examine factors which influence people's willingness to help refugees. A new experimental research method will find application, which was recently presented by the involved scientists in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences".

The DFG is financing a 3-year project which will examine the main influencing factors and opportunities for intervention with regard to vaccination fatigue. Together with Cornelia Betsch (University of Erfurt), Böhm has, during the last few years, contributed to a better understanding of what the influencing factors are and how they can best be tackled. The research team has already published numerous articles on this topic and in this new project will be expanding their findings to apply these to other types of health decisions, e.g. whether to take antibiotics or not.

The third project will be seed-funded by RWTH Aachen University and will be conducted as an interdisciplinary collaboration with Sina Radke (RWTH University Hospital, Department for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics). In this 1-year research project, the researchers will examine neural and hormonal bases for interindividual differences with regard to participation in inter-group conflicts.