Establishment of an international research cluster at the faculty of psychology: Ressentiment and Change Potential in Europe (RECHANGE)

A team of 10 scholars from different SFU branches founded an international research cluster “Ressentiment and Change Potential in Europe (RECHANGE)”.

RECHANGE sets a strategic focus on ressentiment research from a psychosocial perspective to gain insights in how social and political changes affect people psychologically and vice versa how psychic-affective processes determine social and political (trans-)formation processes. Its theoretical-methodical approaches and its empirical work are guided by interdisciplinary collaborations with sociology, history, political science, peace and conflict studies and crossovers such as gender and intersectionality studies.


RECHANGE pursues three objectives:

  • To empirically reconstruct ressentiments as psychosocial phenomenon
  • To contribute innovative approaches to ressentiment-theories from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • To develop and implement practice approaches for transforming emotions in conflicts


Head of Research Cluster | Prof. Dr. David Becker (SFU Berlin)
Research Cluster & Communication Manager | Sara Paloni

We are currently developing collaborations with the University of Vienna, University of Tel Aviv, University College Dublin and Ulster University Northern Ireland. We are applying for competitive third-party funding. The cluster supports additional funding applications through the cluster management and the Research Service of the SFU.

If you would like to get in touch with RECHANGE and for further information, please contact the research cluster & communication manager Sara Paloni.
T +43-1-798 40 98-683

Fakultät für Psychologie
Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität
Campus Prater, Freudplatz 1, A-1020 Wien

iFEMPOWER: Interactive and mentorship based FEMale emPOWERment in the field of entrepreneurship” .

The 3-year long project is coordinated by Dr. Erzsébet Fanni Tóth at Sigmund Freud University, and is implemented under Erasmus+ programme KA2: Strategic partnership in the field of Higher Education. The project iFEMPOWER seeks to empower female university students to get engaged in self-employment and entrepreneurship especially. The project is starting with an in-depth research on female entrepreneurs in each partner country based on personal interviews and focus groups. This will analyse the current situation and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs. Then an international curriculum for a complex module will be developed by partners gathered from three pillars of the knowledge triangle, i.e. businesses, business support organizations, the academia and universities.

Link: Download ifempower paper now – “Women entrepreneurs in Europe: motivations, challenges and strategies”