Society and Choice Ph.D. Program

The Society and Choice Ph.D. Program researches human behavior in social and economic contexts. It was founded in January 2014 and is unique in Switzerland.


The objective of the program is the best-possible preparation of the doctoral students for a successful academic career in psychology. Central to this is providing participants with optimal support and encouragement as they progress towards independent scientific work. Ph.D. candidates receive state-of-the art training related to theory and methods as well as in cross-disciplinary skills, such as teaching or project management. The Ph.D. program has a modular structure and allows for tailor-made support of participants.

Target group

The Ph.D. program is intended for outstanding students with an excellent Master’s degree (or equivalent) in psychology or related fields, who, in the context of their Ph.D., wish to investigate intensively research questions in the field of society and choice.

Program supervision

The Ph.D. program is supervised by the heads of the relevant Centers, namely Psychology of Sustainability and Behavior ChangeSocial Psychology, Statistics and Data Science, Cognitive and Decision Sciences, and Economic Psychology :

Prof. Dr. Ulf Hahnel (Chair)
Prof. Dr. Rainer Greifeneder
Prof. Dr. Mirka Henninger 
Prof. Dr. Rui Mata
Prof. Dr. Jörg Rieskamp
MSc Natalia Bogatyreva

Coordination and contact

MSc Angela Leipold
+41 (0)61 207 62 80