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Challenges Posed by Current Crises Are Changing the World of Work

How can the economy become more sustainable? How can the structural transition towards a green economy succeed? And how can public procurement help to shape the transformation of society? These are some of the questions that determine the subject area of submissions that will be honoured with this year’s research award by ZEW Mannheim and the Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung. Academic theses on a broad range of topics can be submitted until 31 December 2022. They must have been completed at a university or non-university research institution, preferably in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

“The foundation and ZEW are supporting young economists working in a highly topical field of research with this award. The inevitable transformation of the economy and society – be it through climate change, the Ukraine crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic or digitalisation – makes this very clear. All these challenges are having an impact on the world of work, the consequences of which need to be better understood through careful scientific observation,” explains Thomas Kohl, ZEW’s managing director and jury member of the research award.

For the tenth time, the Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung and ZEW are promoting young academics in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region with the “Zukunft der Arbeitswelt” (“Future World of Work”) research award. The best dissertation and the best master’s thesis will be awarded prize money and the opportunity to complete a research stay at ZEW. Decisive factors taken into account by the jury include scientific excellence, practical relevance, a strong empirical focus, a high utility value resulting from an innovative solution and the originality of the topic submitted. Interested young economists are invited to submit their theses to the Volksbank Weinheim Stiftung. To qualify for the research award, the submitted doctoral theses must be rated as “very good” and master’s theses with a grade of at least 1.7. Furthermore, the submitted theses must have been completed between 1 September 2021 and 15 December 2022. Submissions may come from the master’s student or doctoral candidate themselves or be put forward by their supervising professor.

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