At the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour, the researchers aim to create a global hotspot for the integrated study of collective behaviour across a wide range of species and across scales of organization. As a collaboration between the University of Konstanz and the co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, they combine transdisciplinary research with emerging technologies and create a crucible in which the ideas and methods of tomorrow will be forged.
The gap separating the poor from the rich, the worldwide rise of populism, the division of burdens in the fight against climate change, unfairly distributed access to education – many current debates are as much about inequality as anything. These topics pose highly complex questions, yet scientifically grounded answers are still few and far between. This is where the researchers of the cluster come in to investigate The Politics of Inequality: the political causes and consequences of inequality.