FRIBIS' Student Group (StuG)

FRIBIS Student Group (StuG)

The StuG is an initiative of students from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg who want to participate in researching the Unconditional Basic Income. They are supported by the FRIBIS and the Götz Werner Professorship (GWP) for Economic Policy and Order Theory, and integrated into scientific practice.

Dates and times for the summer semester 2023:

Semester topic: Upcoming questions of a social-ecological transformation and universal basic income

Language: German/English (depending on the composition of the group)

Open meeting and first meeting: to be arranged in KW18/19

Application deadline: May 14, 2023

Applications by email to:

Semester dates: to be arranged, monthly


What the StuG offers: Expansion of skills in scientific work and active participation in the FRIBIS

The goal of the StuG is to involve students in the research and project work of the FRIBIS. Students in the StuG gain insight into the research and project work of the FRIBIS teams, enabling them to use the methods and results of the teams for their own scientific research.

Students can apply to participate and work in the StuG on a semester basis. A specific research topic is set for each semester project, which is worked on collaboratively. Students are accompanied by experienced staff members of the FRIBIS and receive practical guidance in the basics of scientific work.

The outcome is the creation of a scientific working paper with the aim of publication in the FRIBIS Discussion Paper Series or in a suitable journal. The results of each semester project are also presented at the annual FRIBIS conference by a selected member of the StuG.

Students gain insights into the process of scientific work and can benefit from co-authorship in a growing and current research field.

The knowledge gained can also be applied in bachelor’s and master’s theses, preparing students optimally for possible PhD projects.

However, the StuG not only serves to expand one’s own horizons of knowledge, but also offers the possibility to actively participate in FRIBIS teams by agreement and thus enrich the work of the FRIBIS. In the case of active participation in an FRIBIS team, temporary employment at the FRIBIS is also possible.

Supervision of bachelor’s and master’s theses as well as PhDs

StuG students receive support in finding supervision for their bachelor’s or master’s thesis on a topic related to UBI, especially if they aim to participate in an FRIBIS team. It is also possible for the work in the StuG to lead to a PhD project. In this case, a transition of students from the StuG to the Junior Research Group (JRG) of the FRIBIS is planned.

UBI as a topic of public discourse

Beyond scientific work, another concern of the StuG is to stimulate public discourse about the Unconditional Basic Income. To this end, StuG students raise awareness among fellow students from other faculties and universities about the work of the FRIBIS, and participate in making the research results of the FRIBIS known outside of the academic world. Political engagement and practical relevance, in addition to scientific relevance, are core concerns of the StuG.

This could be achieved, for example, by organizing a science slam on the respective semester topics. The students are given their own scope for design.


Dr. Bianca Blum
studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg and is coordinator of the FRIBIS team UBI and Social-Ecological Transformation (UBITrans) as well as scientific leader of the FRIBIS Student Group (StuG). Her dissertation dealt with the question of a crisis-preventive economic and regulatory policy for sustainable development.