Junior Research Group


Bianca Blum
studied economics at the University of Freiburg and is coordinator of the “UBI & Ecology” (EcUbi) team, which is currently being set up. Her dissertation deals with “political-economic issues around the promotion and enforcement of economic sustainability”.

Tobias Dumschat
has studied Business Administration with a focus on ethics at the University of Cologne (B.Sc.) and at the RWTH Aachen (M.Sc.). Most recently he worked on the research project “Society after money: a simulation”. As a PhD candidate at FRIBIS he deals with the question, what impact an UBI could have on the Care-Economy. In addition, he is interested in ethical and sociopsychological issues of the UBI.

Marcel Franke
studied economics at the University of Freiburg and is a member of the “Basic Income for Peacebuilding” (BIP) team. His dissertation deals with the significance of an unconditional basic income for a market-oriented social system.

Fabienne Hansen
studied social anthropology and political science in Freiburg and Heidelberg and is currently doing her PhD on basic income in the context of climate change at FRIBIS. Her project focuses on the relationship between climate justice, mitigation and income in the Global South, particularly in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Leon Hartmann
is currently studying philosophy (M.A.) at the University of Freiburg and is a member of the “Participation and Unconditional Basic Income” (P&UBI) team. In October 2021, he will be starting his dissertation, entitled “The futures of democracy. On the relationship between participation and UBI – a history of related theories and the theory of discourse”.

Tobias Jäger
studied economics at the University of Freiburg and is the coordinator of the “Basic Income for Peacebuilding” (BIP) team. In his dissertation, he is working on UBI in developing countries. His focus is on the impact that the introduction of a basic income could have from a conflict-economics perspective.

Gudrun Kaufmann
studied economics at the University of Freiburg and is the managing director of FRIBIS. She is also the coordinator of the “Sanctions-Free” and “Tanah Papua Basic Income for Climate and Nature (Indonesia)” teams. The latter is still being established. Her main interests are: narratives in economics, care economics, commons, and social policy in the tradition of the Ordoliberal Freiburg School.

Wiebke Kruse
has studied business administration in her bachelor at the University of Kiel and has focussed on business administration in non-profit organisations in her master studies at the University of Freiburg. For her dissertation, she researches about possibilities and effects of a universal basic income as an instrument of foreign aid.


Lida Kuang
studied economics in Freiburg and Finance in Milan. She is a member of SoCoBis (Social Contract and New Ordoliberalism) Team. Her research currently focuses on the experiment of UBI as a social contract in the laboratory, to explore the socially acceptable conditions and rules for a basic income society and further development of Ordoliberalism.

Dr. Otto Lehto
is a Finnish philosopher and political economist. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at NYU’s School of Law (2022-2024). He got his PhD from King’s College London (2021) with the title “Complex Adaptation and Permissionless Innovation: An Evolutionary Approach to UBI.” He also has an MA in philosophy from the University of Helsinki (2015). His research at FRIBIS focuses on Ordoliberalism and social contract theory. He has been an Adam Smith Fellow at George Mason University (2019-2020), a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona (2020), and the recipient of the U.K. AHRC LAHP scholarship (2017-2019). He was chairman of Finnish BIEN in 2015-16. Personal website: www.ottolehto.com

Franziska Leopold
studied Business Administration (Public and Non-Profit Management) at the University of Freiburg and is coordinator of the “Management of Universal Basic Income Non-Government Organizations” (MUBINGO) team. Her focus is on how the idea of an unconditional basic income can be promoted through effective management of UBINGOs (Universal Basic Income Non-Government Organizations).

Simon März
studied economics at the University of Bayreuth, Cape Town, and Freiburg. He is the team coordinator of the FRIBIS-team “Expedition Grundeinkommen” and works closely together with the NGO Expedition Grundeinkommen. In his dissertation project, he researches the implementation of UBI pilot studies in Germany and their financing through the federal equalization scheme.

Rejitha Nair
studied law at the NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad (India) and is involved in setting up the “UBI and Law team”. A doctoral student at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research in Hyderabad, she is conducting research on the question of whether direct benefit transfers lead to more empowerment or result in exclusion.

Jessica Schulz
studied germanic philology and theatre science at the Free University of Berlin and in Paris. Her Masters in german as a forerign language and cultural exchange she did also in Berlin and Toulouse. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of an UBI on individual learning processes, particularly on self-regulated learning, motivation and choice. She is currently forming a group on UBI and education.

Jan Schulz-Weiling
graduated in Global Studies (M.A.) at the University of Leipzig. He is doing his PhD at the University of Deusto in Bilbao on Universal Basic Income. His research interests are on the effects of receiving unconditionally and whether a financial safety net ought to be considered a privilege or rather a fundamental right.

Larissa Walter
studied psychology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and supports FRIBIS in the analysis of empirical and experimental data. She focuses on the potential effects of the BGE on cognitive processes by investigating the effects of performance-based and performance-independent rewards.

Jette Weinel
studied economics at the University of Freiburg and is team coordinator of the FRIBIS “basic money” Team, which is currently being set up. Her research focuses on the implications of the Basic Income on the utility function and tax revenue at the GWP. ​

Milan Wenner
studied philosophy and literary studies in Freiburg and Barcelona and is team coordinator as well as member of “Participation and Unconditional Basic Income” (P&UBI). He examines the extent to which the UBI as a concept of economic policy is compatible with different political ideologies.