Schumpeter Center

Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change (JSEC)

Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change (JSEC) founded! 

On the 1.1.2018 the Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change (JSEC) was established. The institutional and administrative preparation for the JSEC is put forward by a temporary board. The first official general assembly of the members will be held in April 2018.

The temporary board consists of: 

Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner (Direktor for young researchers)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Freytag (Managing direktor)

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Henn 

Prof. Dr. Christoph Ohler 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Strohschneider (Research direktor)


The adiministrative support is provided temporarly by Dr. Martin Kalthaus. He is available for any orgainisatorial issues regarding the JSEC via



Press statement 

Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change founded in Jena

Nothing is as certain as change! In times of globalization, digitization, demographic change, migration as well as (de-)regulation the rate of societal change is increasing. To analyze and to understand the underlying processes of change and to govern transitions and their dynamics, the Friedrich Schiller University founded the Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change (JSEC). Based on the initiative lead by Uwe Cantner, the center combines and facilitates interdisciplinary research activities on processes of change from an economic and sociological perspective.


The interdisciplinary approach combines researchers from the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration who have already cooperated in the past – “and it was very successful” as pointed out by Uwe Cantner, initiator of the Schumpeter Center. “We want to continue this trustful cooperation by supporting and increasing the synergies established in the past. Ideally, we succeed establish new interdisciplinary research trajectories and deepen our understanding on socio-economic dynamics”.

Interdisciplinary understanding of Knowledge transfer, innovations and catch-up as well as digitalisation

These dynamics are meaningful because their consequences frequently transcend widely the economic or political sphere, declares Andreas Freytag, professor for economic policy and managing director of the JSEC. He added: “nowadays, it is indispensable to jointly analyze processes of change from an interdisciplinary perspective.” Up to now, there are still many theoretical and conceptual fundamentals missing for a deep multidisciplinary understanding of change. These will be created by the JSEC, for example in the areas of knowledge transfer, innovation, and digitalization, which are also high on the research agenda in Germany and Thuringia.


Furthermore, migration processes, the increasing Europeanisation of institutions, the change of job markets and the new forms of cooperation between public and private actors are in the research focus of the center. Besides Uwe Cantner and Andreas Freytag, further directors of the center are the economic geographer Sebastian Henn, Stefan Strohschneider who holds the chair of Intercultural Communication, and Christoph Ohler, who holds the chair of Public Law, European Law, International Law and International Economic Law.

Innovations and Joseph Alois Schumpeter

The JSEC is named after the austrian economist Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1883-1950). In his research, he focused on social and economic change. In his theories about economic development, the entrepreneur and innovative activity were core determinants for growth and welfare. Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner was president of the "International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society" und organisor of the biannual Schumpeter Conference 2014 in Jena. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena has a long tradition in research on socio-economic change and has established different programs in the past, among others, the graduate school "Human Behavior in Social and Economic Change" (GSBC) and the Graduate College "Economics of innovative change" (GSBC-EIC). 

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