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Central Research Institutions

Institute of Applied Work Ccience

Times are changing, and organisations need to change to keep pace. The Institute of Applied Work Science places a focus on organisations undergoing change and views them in their entirety. Besides fundamental research, the members develop concepts to change organisations by analysing and shaping working processes and improving them though sociotechnical solutions. The researchers comprehend and develop expertise in change management processes and the associated interactions between the individual and the organisation. The research activities and research results form the basis of the advanced scientific training programme in the Master of Arts in Organisational Management. The course, which is taken while working, is oriented towards skilled workers and executives from business and administration.

Institute for Mining and Energy Law (IBE)

Emissions trading, renewable energies, security of supply – there are many “hot potatoes” in the field of mining and energy law. Many neighbouring legal areas are often affected by single questions. The focus of the activities of the institute is thus to take care of the closely linked subjects of mining law and energy law along with all legal connecting lines, for instance constitutional law and administrative law, as well as commercial, company and competition law. Thanks to its research activities, the institute has become a popular contact for companies, authorities and associations not only in the Rhine-Ruhr region. At Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the conditions are favourable for the dialogue between lawyers and representatives of economics, geoscience and engineering sciences, which is essential in the energy sector.

Center for Religious Studies (CERES)

Religious diversity is historically the norm, but faces particular challenges under modern conditions – above all in a national context. It is thus attracting particular attention as a research topic at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES). The centre combines interdisciplinary research from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The members analyse religions both in terms of their own dynamics and also in their interactions with other areas of society. A focus lies on the influences of various religions among each other – not only in times of globalisation but also in the millennia before, there was intensive contact between distant regions and thus religions. As all religions that are currently referred to as world religions originated from the region between the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific, the geographic focus lies on the Euro-Asian region. Other focal points are the relationship between religion and art, digital humanities in religious studies, and the development of religious traditions.

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)

How do various forms of globalisation affect the economy, politics, and society at a national and subnational level? How does globalisation influence governance? How can the main and side effects of development programmes be measured? How can the use of resources be controlled in a sensible manner? Such questions that are relevant for scientific and practical international collaboration are looked at by around 50 researchers at IEE from an economic, legal, and social scientific perspective. At present, the institute is conducting research into associated questions concerning food security, labour markets, and labour and social standards, and how to combat the causes of migration. The multidisciplinary and significantly international research approach is also reflected in the IEE teaching: the institute offers the MA course in Development Management in Bochum and in Cape Town, runs the PhD programme in International Development Studies at RUB and is closely involved in a collaboration with Afghan universities. People from more than 30 nations research, teach, manage and learn at the IEE.

Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV)

The legal situation before, during and after humanitarian crises, its influence on people, society and institutions, and the reactions of states, international organisations and non-governmental organisations lie at the centre of the research by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict. It is among Europe’s leading academic institutions for research into such crises. Its members from the fields of law, social sciences, geosciences, and health science work in an interdisciplinary manner. Besides its research, the institute trains practitioners in humanitarian aid and thus contributes to their professionalism: in collaboration with the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA), it created the Joint Master’s Programme in International Humanitarian Action, involving over 20 European and international partner institutions, more than 20 years ago.

Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security (HGI)

Thanks to smartphones, many people literally take their computer to bed with them nowadays – digitalisation is everywhere, along with its downsides. Always keeping a step ahead of cybercriminals is one of the aims of the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security. Thanks to its broad disciplinary scope, it is considered one of the leading institutions in Europe in the field of IT security. 21 professors from electrical and information engineering, mathematics, management and economics, law, and the humanities and social sciences as well as around 100 researchers work together here. Among them are experts from almost all areas of modern cryptography and IT security, including embedded security, cryptography and cryptographic protocols, network security, secure operating systems, mobile security and malware.

Institute for Neural Computation

How does a certain behaviour develop in the brain under the influence of external stimuli? And what can be learned from this to teach technical systems similar behaviours? Both of these questions guide researchers at the Institute for Neural Computation. This concerns perception as well as cognition and movement, for instance of robot and driver assist systems. The researchers use experimental methods from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrotechnology and applied information technology. They also use mathematical methods such as the theory of neuronal networks.

Institute for Social Movements (ISB)

The researchers from the institute investigate social movements in history and the present day. The activities of the institute are based on a long-standing collaboration between researchers in various disciplines at RUB, particularly from history, social science, theology, and educational science. The institute arose from the institute founded in 1980 to research the European labour movement. Besides new social movements, the labour and trade union movement continue to represent a focus of research and teaching at the institute. The research at ISB takes place both in international and regional contexts. The institute is involved in various European research projects, while its teaching and research programmes also have a strong regional reference. In its regional contexts, the institute works closely with the foundation History of the Ruhr. The ISB publishes various series of German- and English-language books as well as its own journal “Moving the Social. Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements”.