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


RECHANGE activities encompass three key areas: research, teaching and practice.
We establish and use synergy effects between these key areas and thereby build expertise and structures in each of them.

1. State of the art research

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • National and international publication activities
  • Presentations at national and international conferences
  • Supporting fundamental research projects and academic exchange

2. Innovative teaching

  • Critical social-psychology and qualitative methods in BSc and MSc Program
  • Research and teaching projects
  • Student participation in research
  • Intercultural exchange of students and academic staff within the SFU faculties and beyond

3. Transfer in practice fields

  • Public lectures
  • Dialogue with stakeholders
  • Supervising teams in practice fields
  • Supporting applied research projects

Head of Research Cluster
Prof. Dr. David Becker

Research Cluster & Communication Manager Sara Paloni


Ass.-Prof. Katharina Hametner (SFU Vienna)
Ressentiments – A Qualitative Research on Ressentiments as Psychosocial Processes in Everyday Contexts

Prof. Dr. David Becker
Leonard Brixel, M.A. (SFU Berlin)
Affective belonging and the German reunification
Contact: Sara Paloni (SFU Vienna)
Everyday lifes in Vienna – On living together in the light of political orientations

Dr. Markus Brunner (SFU Vienna)
in cooperation with Prof. Andrea Grisold (WU Vienna)
Of Crises and Men. An intersectional analysis of socioeconomic change and masculinities

Prof. Dr. David Becker Sara Paloni (SFUrope)
Attitudes and Emotions of SFU Students and Academic Staff in 5 European Countries
Contact: Christina Ayazi
Prof. Dr. David Becker
Leonard Brixel, M.A.
Dr. Markus Brunner
Ass.-Prof. Katharina Hametner
Natalie Rodax, MSc.
Ass.-Prof. Nora Ruck
Kate Sheese, M.A.
Mag. Markus Wrbouschek
„Geteilte Lebenswelten“
An international research-based teaching project.
Started in 2017, ongoing

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, please write to the cluster coordinator



Kontakt: Mag. Gudrun Kramer
Web: Österreichisches Studienzentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung ÖSFK an der Friedensburg Schlaining


Kontakt: Dr. Wilfried Graf
Web: Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation

Graphic design poster by Tayyibe Bülbül