Jens Harbecke
Jens Harbecke 

The INSOSCI-Project



I have been the international coordinator of this 3-year research project funded by the European Commission through the NEURON initiative "Ethical, Legal, and Social Aspects of Neuroscience". Its full title was: The Integration of Cross-Disciplinary Research in Neuroscience and Social Science – a Me


The project was supported by the initiative which is funded by the European Commission. The project involved researchers at Witten/Herdecke University (Germany), Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt (Germany), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg (Germany), University of Turku (Finland) and Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). It started in April 2016 and ended in May 2019.


One of the results of the project was the book “Social Neuroeconomics: Integrating the Neurosciences and the Social Sciences” (editors: Jens Harbecke and Carsten Herrmann-Pillath; published by Routledge towards the end of 2019). Contributors to the book are Alexandru  Preda (KC London), Camillo Padoa-Schioppa (WU St. Louis), Carolyn Declerck (Antwerpen), Carsten Herrmann-Pillath (Erfurt), Caterina Marchionni (Helsinki), Charles Pence (UC Louvain), Don Ross (UC Cork), Jaakko Kuorikoski (Tampere), Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke), Lea Diederichsen (Witten/Herdecke), Mareike Kühne, Mareike (Brandenburg), Reinout W. Wiers (Amsterdam), Renne Pesonen (Tampere), Roland Gemayel (KC London), Samuli Reijula (Tampere), Saúl Pérez-González (Valencia), Susanne Uusitalo (Turku), Wynn Stirling (Brigham Young University, Utah).



The aim of this project was to clarify the methodological and philosophical foundations of a successful integration of economics, psychology, and the neurosciences, and we want to explore the implications of such an integration for policy making.