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Research Profile

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has a robust policy of strongly promoting a wide range of applied research. At the BSEL, the University’s five Departments, three Central Institutes and six internal non-profit research institutes conduct research in the fields of business, economics and social sciences, administration, engineering, law and computer science. The BSEL has three primary channels of supporting its academic staff who are engaged in research – by providing them with time for research, funding and services.

The BSEL’s research funding is available to all members of the University engaged in research.


The University’s Research Programme contains a general outline of the principles governing research funding, while the structure of such funding is detailed in the Regulations for Research Funding and Regulations for Third-Party Funds.


The BSEL’s research profile is defined by its particular focus on four main research clusters:

Information on the research projects and their findings can be found in the Research Projects Database as well as the Research Projects Report

published every two years and the list of Publications.

Social and Economic Transformation Processes

Within the area of social science and economic research, the University specifically concentrates on research into the structural changes experienced in modern societies in the wake of globalisation and financialisation, gender and sustainability research and issues related to developing political alternatives in national and international perspectives. This research cluster includes such core topics as gender research in the economic, sociological or legal spheres, financial markets, structural changes in the employment system and job markets, national and international economic policies, globalisation, democratisation processes in central and eastern Europe, implementing the rule of law, vocational training quality, strengthening civil society, sustainable management, migration, diversity and integration as well as developing public budgets.

Corporate and Public Administration Innovation

The core focus in this business and administrative cluster is on scholarly research into development and change processes across a range of corporate and public administration areas where such processes are triggered by, for example, changes in the business environment (demographics, climate change) or by technical and organisational developments, or changes in market conditions. This research cluster includes such core topics as social media and business practices, e-government, business process management, telecommunication and media policies, web portals for innovation processes, recruitment and staff retention, company e-learning, occupational health and safety procedures, entrepreneurship and start-up research, sustainability in business and administration, diversity in SMEs, promoting innovation in SMEs, strategies of multinational companies, culture and management, and marketing and branding.

Social and Legal Security Research

This research cluster, which is particularly characterised by its interdisciplinary approach, takes legal and social science perspectives to analyse the social aspects of civil security, crisis management and the prevention of violence as well as political developments such as extremism and xenophobic attitudes. The research cluster’s core topics include urban security, social aspects of civil security, political extremism, multiple offenders, operational safety, criminal case analysis and perpetrator profiling, youth violence, criminality and the youth penal system, crime prevention, violent crime and homicide, xenophobic attitudes and ethnic conflicts, and basic rights.

The Influence of the Law on the Economy and Society

This research cluster investigates the interfaces and interplay between law, the economy and society. The institutions of civil and procedural law as well as national and international law-making are considered in terms of their impact on the positions of diverse stakeholders (consumers, administration, legal system, creditors, investors, and the state). The core topics here include, for example, the effect of introducing an electronic land register on the procedure of registering or questions related to how contracts are designed. The subject of voluntary jurisdiction is also addressed as an intermediary and control instance between business and society. The legal areas examined here range from real estate, commercial, social, family and inheritance law to labour, copyright, and bankruptcy law as well as the law on the enforcement of judgements.