ZiF Cooperation Group
Governance, Incentives, and the Quality of Knowledge
July 2019 - June 2021
Convenors: Max Albert (Gießen, GER), Guido Bünstorf (Kassel, GER), Martin Carrier (Bielefeld, GER), Rolf König (Bielefeld, GER), Cornelis Menke (Mainz, GER), Niels Taubert (Bielefeld, GER)
The cooperation group explores the interaction between economic incentives, institutional features, and epistemic aspirations of science. It brings together economics, sociology, and philosophy of science and seeks to investigate, in particular, the interrelatedness between the social conditions under which science operates and the nature and content of the knowledge produced. Major topical areas concern the incentives operative in the scientific community and their impact on the research process, the influence of social and economic demands, as imposed on research by society, on the research outcomes, and strategies for producing practically fruitful, innovative outcomes. The cooperation group traces the interrelation between the social framework, for one, and the cognitive content of the knowledge gained and the procedures of confirmation invoked, for another. Thus, the interaction between the mentioned fields of economics, sociology, and philosophy of science is a novel feature of the cooperation group.