Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP) awarded 1.1 million-euro research grant

Joint project of Hertie School and 6 other Berlin institutions to tackle digitalisation challenges.

The Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP) has been awarded 1.1 million euros by the Leibniz Association in a second phase of funding for the Leibniz WissenschaftsCampus project. The BCCP is a joint endeavour of around 80 academics at seven Berlin research institutions, including the Hertie School, where Professor of Economics Christian Traxler is the project lead. Professor of Digital Governance Daniela Stockmann and Assistant Professor of Governance of Digitalisation and Energy Policy Lion Hirth are also involved.

In its second phase, the BCCP will focus on digitalisation, researching the opportunities and challenges for consumers, markets and politics. In addition to the six founding partners, the Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) has joined the group, and will contribute research by legal experts and computer science specialists to the second phase.  

The BCCP was founded in 2015, when it received a first tranche of funding for four years. The renewed grant will extend its funding for another four years, amounting to 283,300 euros per year across all partners. The partners also include the Hertie School, DIW Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Freie Universität, and the European School of Management and Technology Berlin.

The BCCP aims to create an international platform for interdisciplinary research on consumer policies, to inform policymakers on issues relevant to the public debate.

The grant is part of the Leibniz Association's Germany-wide ScienceCampus programme, which selected ten projects, including the BCCP, for funding or renewal this year.

Read the press release in German here

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