Research on higher education has a long tradition in the fields of psychology, education sciences, and economics. Today, with the growing demands of the knowledge society on higher education institutions research, for one, and the safeguarding of the autonomy of the universities, for another, higher education research is developing into a very dynamic research area. Through conducting empirical studies, higher education research is devoted to supporting the universities in achieving a better understanding of the conditions of university tasks in research, teaching, and administration and in taking an active role in shaping those conditions in the sense of quality management.
The Professorship engages in higher education research from the perspective of the social sciences, social psychology in particular. In addition to social science research methods, the research draws upon social psychology theories on social judgment formation and decision-making in groups and organizations as a basis for the investigation of issues in university policy and practice. In teaching, the Professorship offers courses on selected topics in social psychology.
The Professorship for Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education is an independent chair belonging to the Behavioral Studies Section (BSS) of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (GESS) at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. The research activities of the Behavioral Studies Section (BSS) focus on decision-making under uncertainty at the individual, group, or society level.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Daniel holds a dual professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and at the University of Zurich. He is Director of the Evaluation Office of the University of Zurich and Professor for Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education at ETH Zurich.