Who we are


Principal Investigators

Klaus_LiebKlaus Lieb, MD, is director and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy and Co-Chair of the German Resilience Center at the University Medical Center Mainz. He has been doing research on conflicts of interest since 2007 and is one of the editors of the German book “Conflicts of Interest in Medicine. Overview and solutions” published in 2011. He is a regular member of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Association (DCGMA) and has since 2014 been the chairman of its expert committee for transparency and independence. He is co-founder and member of the German branch of the „no free lunch” organization MEZIS e.V., where he was a board member from 2007-2011. He has not accepted personal honoraria from industry since 2008. He is the principal investigator of the project SoCIReM.
For more information, including detailed CV and contact information, see here; for a declaration of conflicts of interest, see here.

Portraet_GläserJochen Gläser is a senior researcher at the Technical University Berlin in the Center for Technology and Society. He is a sociologist of science and has studied the field-specific impact of governance on the content of research in several internationally comparative projects. He is also interested in the methodology of qualitative and quantitative (bibliometric) science studies. For InRes, Jochen Gläser codirects the project COFIR (Competition for funding and redistribution of opportunities for independent research) together with Uwe Schimank.
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TorstenWilholtTorsten Wilholt is Professor of Philosophy and History of the Natural Sciences at Leibniz Universität Hannover, where he is a member of both the Institute of Philosophy and the Leibniz Center for Science and Society as well as chairperson of the research training group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”. His current research focuses on the social epistemology of science, on the roles of values in scientific research, on questions concerning the functions of science in wider society and on the general philosophy of science. As a principal investigator of InRes, he is in charge of the concept integration stream, together with David Hopf.
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Grit Laudel is a senior researcher at the Technical University Berlin. She is a sociologist of science who investigates the influence of institutions on knowledge production, such as funding, evaluations, and career systems. Her interests include the methodology and methods of qualitative research as well as methodological problems of science studies. Within InRes, Grit is principal investigator of the project “Independence of early career researchers”.
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Uwe Schimank

Uwe Schimank has been Professor of Sociological Theory at the University of Bremen since October 2009. Between 1996 and 2009 he was a Professor of Sociology at the FernUniversität in Hagen and before this a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His main research interests are sociological theory, in particular theories of modern society, organizational sociology, decision-making studies, sociology of science and higher education studies. For InRes he co-directs the project “Competition for funding and redistribution of opportunities for independent research” (COFIR) together with Jochen Gläser.
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PhD Students and Postdoc

DavidHopfDavid Hopf is a PhD student at the University of Hanover. He has an M.A. in European Studies/Philosophy from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he specialized in both general philosophy of science as well as the interrelations of science, ethics, and values. Currently, he is working on a dissertation on the interrelation between independence and objectivity in scientific research as part of the InRes-Project “Concept Integration Stream”. Together with principal investigator Prof. Dr. Torsten Wilholt, David thus forms the philosophical sub-project within the InRes research group. In Hannover, David is also an associated member of the DFG research training group GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research
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MJanßen (2)Melike Janßen is a social scientist and PhD student in the field of the sociology of science. She received a bachelor´s degree in social sciences at the University of Hanover and a master’s degree in business psychology at the University of Bremen. Since 2014, she has been a member of the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM, former EMPAS) at the University of Bremen. Her main research interests are the sociology of science, sociology of work and organizational sociology as well as qualitative methodology. Against the background of the implementation of New Public Management, her dissertation examines current changes in the German University sector with a special focus on the effects on teaching. Together with Jochen Gläser and Uwe Schimank, she works in the COFIR Project.
For more information, see here.


Lara Hubenschmid is a Psychologist at the University of Mainz. Currently she is in trainig in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. For InRes, she coordinates the different research projects as well as working on researching the second order effects of conflicts of interest regulation.




Marlene Stoll is a doctoral candidate at the University of Mainz. She has an MSc in Psychology from the University of Mainz and completed her masters thesis in personality psychology. Her research interests lie in implicit psychological processes and mechanisms as well as in the process of research. Her doctoral thesis will focus on possible second-order effects caused by the declaration of conflicts of interest and the rationalization of behavior that threatens independence of research. For InRes, she is working on the project “Second Order Effects of COI regulation in Medicine”.