Ministries of the Federal States of Germany

Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, Hanover

  • PhD programme "Design of mobile Information Systems within the Digital Transformation"
    The programme focuses on two application areas, sustainability, energy, and mobility; and mobile business, in particular, mobile finance. These are the areas of unresolved tension of digital transformation, therefore addressing relevant technologies, but also with regard to society, policy, and a changing regulation environment.

    Volkswagen Foundation, Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (Programme: "Niedersächsisches Vorab")

    Prof. Dr. Jan Muntermann, Chair of Electronic Finance and Digital Markets

    Cooperating universities:

    • Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts
    • Technical University of Braunschweig
    • University of Göttingen
    • University of Hannover

    Funding period: 2017-2021

  • Satisfaction with life, identity and future prospects in the craft trades - an inter- and transdisciplinary experiment
    At the centre of this interdisciplinary research project is the question of what contribution craftsmanship makes to life satisfaction. The cooperation project between cultural anthropology and economics is based on the thesis that experience-based skills are not only decisive for technical innovation, but also for individual fulfilment ("happiness"). The craft industry is essentially based on these principles, but is currently confronted with a variety of challenges and deficit narratives in social discourse. Based on a survey on job and life satisfaction in the skilled trades in Germany that has already been carried out, this project will introduce well-founded quantitative and qualitative self-expressions on job and life satisfaction by skilled tradesmen and craftswomen from Lower Saxony into the public discourse by linking cultural anthropological and economic research as well as close exchange with practical partners from the skilled trades sector in Lower Saxony, in order to make a contribution to adjusting the social appreciation of skilled trades and the sustainability of this important economic sector.

    Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (state programme „Zukunftsdiskurse“ (future discourses))

    Dr. Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg, Chair of Economic Policy and SME Research, University of Göttingen
    Dr. Dorothee Hemme, Institute for Cultural Anthropology / European Ethnology, University of Göttingen

    Funding period: 2019-2020

    Received funding: 100.000 Euro