FRIBIS' Student Group (StuG)

StuG is an initiative of students from the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg (Germany) whose aim is to participate in research on the Unconditional Basic Income. In this endeavour they will be supported in this endeavour by FRIBIS and the Götz Werner Professorship (GWP) for Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory.

What StuG offers: Expanding your horizons while participating in FRIBIS

StuG students will gain insight into the projects and research of the various FRIBIS teams, so that they can use the teams’ methods and findings for their own research. StuG will not only help to broaden one’s own knowledge however. If mutually agreed, it also offers the possibility to participate in FRIBIS teams and thus contribute to the work of FRIBIS as a whole. In the case of active participation in a FRIBIS team, it may sometimes even be possible to be temporarily employed by FRIBIS.

Transfer and recognition of ECTS credits for participation in the StuG — also for foreign students

To receive ECTS points, StuG students will have the chance to write term papers that are thematically linked to the work of a FRIBIS team. This opportunity is not limited to students in Freiburg but also applies to those students from other German and international universities who are enrolled at Freiburg University as visiting students. In this case, steps must be taken to ensure that the ECTS points earned will be recognised by the university at home.

Supervision of BA and MA theses as well as PhDs

StuG students will receive assistance in their search for a supervisor for a bachelor’s or master’s thesis on a UBI-related topic, especially if they are part of a FRIBIS team. Indeed, the work done in the StuG may eventually lead to a PhD project. In this case, transfer of the students from the StuG to FRIBIS’ Junior Research Group (JRG) will be encouraged.

International Visiting Professors at the Götz Werner Chair (GWP)

It is also planned that visiting professors give guest lectures and seminars at the GWP. These may take place in person or online. Thus the courses will be open not only to the students of GWP and StuG in Freiburg but also to those from other locations around the world.

UBI as a topic of public discourse

Beyond the realm of academic studies, the StuG aims to stimulate public discourse around the issue of Unconditional Basic Income. To this end, StuG students will draw the attention of students from other faculties and universities to the work of FRIBIS by helping to share the research results from FRIBIS with other academics. It goes without saying that, alongside academic relevance, political commitment and practical relevance are key concerns for StuG.

StuG in cooperation with the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)

In future the StuG will increasingly strive for international cooperation, placing its main focus on the cooperation of FRIBIS with the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Two aspects are particularly important in this regard, namely, networking and participation in projects. On the one hand, the StuG offers the student groups of BIEN an international platform that facilitates both informal and academic networking — worldwide and interdisciplinary. However, the platform should also ensure that BIEN and FRIBIS provide the students with places in research projects so that they can participate in ongoing research projects.


Report about the first official meeting


Shamsaddin Amanov
is finishing the Business Administration and Management (BSc) program from the University of Szeged, Hungary. The title of his bachelor thesis is “The Right to Exist: The Position of Universal Basic Income in the Works of the Most Influential Contemporary Philosophers”. He is planning to write his master’s thesis on UBI from an interdisciplinary perspective as well.
Lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Anna Bojko
is working in the administration department at CorTec GmbH Freiburg while studying economics (M.Sc.) at the University of Freiburg since 2019. She is the coordinator of the FRIBIS student group, where she supports FRIBIS in its social media presence and is part of the UBILI research team.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Raphael Bürkle
He is completing a polyvalent degree in music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. At the University of Freiburg he studies philosophy. In addition to this, he works as a freelance musician.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Samuel Jochum   
is completing a polyvalent degree in mathematics and economics (B.Sc.) at Freiburg University. In his bachelor thesis he is investigating the effects of a consumption tax-financed UBI on the working environment of the gig economy.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Jakob Keppler
is working at the Herder publishing house while studying economics (M.Sc., currently in the 4th semester) at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. Previously he completed a degree in economics (B.A.) at the University of Basel.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

is pursuing MSc. Economics at the University of Freiburg since 2021. Previously, she did her Bachelor’s degree at Christ University in Bangalore, India and interned at various development research think tanks. She supports the FRIBIS StuG group as networking coordinator.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Philipp Emanuel Moog
has been studying economics (M. Sc.) since 2018, at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics. He now supports FRIBIS with its social media presence and is working as a research assistant at the Institute for Economic Theory at Freiburg University.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Adrian Penker
is a working student at CorTec GmbH in Freiburg in the sales department and has been studying business administration (public and non-profit management) at the University of Freiburg since 2018. He is writing his bachelor’s thesis on the opportunities and obstacles of the activities of basic income NGOs.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Kyra Sophie Rimrodt
has been studying economics (M.Sc.) at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg since 2018. She is a research assistant in project management and the department for Solar Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute (Fraunhofer ISE). From 2019 to 2020, she worked as a student trainee in event management at the Haufe Academy. She is also a volunteer at the Freiburg prison. Kyra supports FRIBIS as part of the UBILI research team, where she coordinates the FRIBIS student group and plays an important role in its Social Media presence.
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Fabian Wenkert
is finishing a dual study program in tax consulting and auditing at Ernst & Young and has been studying economics (M.Sc.) at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg since 2019. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Laws in Accounting and Taxation (LL.B.) at Wiesbaden Business School. He is a volunteer in school enrichment programmes (at the annual Millerntor Gallery and in sports clubs).
Lives in Freiburg, Germany

Enno Schmidt
Research Associate of the Götz Werner Chair for Economic Policy and Constitutional Economic Theory at the University of Freiburg.
Coordinator of the student group
Lives in Oberried, Black Forest