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Research Centers

The research centers of our departments conduct cutting-edge research. Find below an overview of the main research centers in each of our four departments.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics

The Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics (ZNE) is a research center including a graduate school funded through generous support by Branco Weiss, the NOMIS Foundation, the Marlene Porsche Foundation, the University of Zurich, and the University Hospital Zurich.

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Zurich Center for Economic Development

The Zurich Cen­ter for Eco­nom­ic De­vel­op­ment aims to cre­ate syn­er­gis­tic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween acad­e­mia, busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and non-prof­it or­ga­ni­za­tions in de­vel­oped and in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries for the pur­pose of de­sign­ing and eval­u­at­ing eco­nom­ic poli­cies that fa­cil­i­tate the al­le­vi­a­tion of pover­ty and help build pros­per­i­ty.

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Kühne Center for Sustainable Trade and Logistics

The Kühne Cen­ter for Sus­tain­able Trade and Lo­gis­tics is a re­search cen­ter based on a long-term co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Kühne Foun­da­tion and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich. It aims to es­tab­lish it­self as a thought leader on is­sues sur­round­ing eco­nom­ic glob­al­iza­tion – by con­duct­ing rel­e­vant re­search and mak­ing its in­sights avail­able to a broad au­di­ence. With­in the frame­work of this sup­port, the free­dom of teach­ing and re­search at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich re­mains ful­ly guar­an­teed.

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Zurich Center for Market Design

The goal of the Zurich Center for Market Design is to bring together researchers from different disciplines who are interested in market design, to coordinate fundraising activities, and to make our various market design activities more visible within the university and to the public.

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Center for Child Well-being and Development 

The Cen­ter for Child Well-be­ing and De­vel­op­ment is a re­search cen­ter at the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich. It was cre­at­ed in 2016 with the goal of sig­nif­i­cant­ly im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion of chil­dren and youth in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries us­ing eco­nom­ic knowl­edge and in­no­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy. The cen­ter’s main ob­jec­tive is to con­duct mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary high-qual­i­ty re­search in the field of de­vel­op­ment eco­nom­ics, in or­der to in­form pol­i­cy mak­ers and mul­ti­lat­er­al or­ga­ni­za­tions about con­crete mea­sures and pro­grams that im­prove child and youth wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment.

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Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Economics of Breastfeeding

The Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (LRF) Center for Economics of Breastfeeding focuses on the economics of child and youth development with a focus on breastfeeding. The research from the center offers policy-makers and public health organizations empirical evidence for designing policies and programs to improve child and youth development.

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Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems Research (SNS Lab) 

The Laboratory for Social and Neural Systems research (SNS Lab) is the heart of the ZNE. In this interdisciplinary laboratory researchers explore the biological and neural mechanisms that underlie decision making. They combine cutting-edge brain imaging technologies with non-invasive brain stimulation, neuropharmacology, and computational modeling. 
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Laboratory for Experimental and Behavioral Economics 

The Laboratory for Experimental and Behavioral Economics provides an excellent infrastructure for conducting experimental research. Current research performed at the laboratory comprises a wide range of topics, including behavioral economics, fairness and reciprocity, team decision-making, neuroeconomics, pharmacological studies, genetic studies, auctions and markets, labor and health economics, and organizational design.

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DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Swiss Leading House ‘Economics of Education’

The «Swiss Leading House VPET-ECON: A Research Center on the Economics of Education, Firm Behavior and Training Policies» is a joint project under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Uschi Backes-Gellner (University of Zurich) and Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter (University of Bern) funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Through the new «Leading House VPET-ECON», the SERI expands the previous Leading House «Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies» and supports the long-term development of Swiss research on vocational and professional education and training (VPET) and the promotion of young researchers in the field.

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DEPARTMENT OF BANKING AND FINANCE

Center for Finance and Insurance

The Center for Finance and Insurance (CFI) aims to advance research and foster education in the application of Finance Theory and Mathematical Finance to insurance related topics. The CFI thus strives to build a bridge between the areas of finance and insurance.

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Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability

The mission of the FINEXUS: Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability is to address fundamental research and policy questions about systemic risk and sustainability, both financial and environmental, from the innovative perspective of networks science, big data science and complexity science. The center aims at generating highest-impact research both in terms of publications records and policy uptake, promoting outstanding doctoral education and engaging in durable dialogue with policy makers and practitioners.

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Center for Portfolio Management

The Center for Portfolio Management was established in 2015 with the objective to advance research and education in portfolio management. The center is part of the Department of Banking and Finance and supported by third-party funds.

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Center for Responsibility in Finance

The Center for Responsibility in Finance (CRF) was founded in 2011 to advance responsible finance and management in research, applied settings and education. Combining expertise from finance, business, psychology and the practice, the center is devoted to independent, high-ranking, inter- and transdisciplinary research. 

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Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth

The Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth is an academic research and teaching institution at the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. CSP is unique in its position at the intersection of research and training, bridging scientists, wealth owners, and investment professionals in order to generate knowledge and to mobilize capital toward impact.

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Center for Urban & Real Estate Management (CUREM)

The Center for Urban & Real Estate Management (CUREM) is dedicated to real estate education and research.

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Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics

The aim of the Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics (ZCCFE) is to promote the exchange and development of computational research tools as well as fostering a world-wide community in an emerging area of science.

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DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATICS

Research Groups on Human-Centered Informatics, Computing and Economics and Big Data Analytic

The three main research topics at the Department of Informatics are Human-Centered Informatics, Computing and Economics, and Big Data Analytics for Economics and Science. The department also deals with all aspects of the Digitalization that concern society, the economy, and science.

The following research groups are currently active at the Department of Informatics:

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FURTHER RESEARCH CENTERS

Digital Society Initiative

The «UZH Digital Society Initiative» (DSI) – originally founded at our Faculty – is a scientific institution supported by all faculties of the University of Zurich (UZH) and open to all members of the UZH. It aims to promote independent scientific reflection and innovation on issues relating to the digital society, to prepare UZH students to help shape the digital society, to engage in a continuous discourse with the public and to support political decision-making.

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