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 Programme
  • 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
Dr.in Sara Paloni, sara.paloni@sfu.ac.at



Dr. Markus Brunner (SFU Vienna), Dr. Nils C. Kumkar (Socium, University of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Oliver Nachtwey (University of Basel) and Prof. Dr. Sarah Speck (Institute for Social Research; Goethe University Frankfurt)
Connecting the Dots: Reconstructing the Social Production of Suspicious Knowledge
Contact: markus.brunner@sfu.ac.at

Dr. Katharina Hametner & Dr. Markus Wrbouschek (SFU Vienna)
Sharing Ressentiment – An Empirical Reconstruction of Habitual Orientations in Groups
Contact: katharina.hametner@sfu.ac.at

Dr. Markus Brunner, Florian Knasmüller (SFU Vienna), together with Antje Daniel, Felix Maile und Andreas Schadauer (University of Vienna)
Research Workshop Corona Protests
Contact: markus.brunner@sfu.ac.at


Ass. Prof. Dr.in Katharina Hametner & Dr. phil. Markus Wrbouschek (SFU Vienna)
ShAffeC – Shared affective Commitements
Contact: katharina.hametner@sfu.ac.at

Prof. Dr. David Becker
Leonard Brixel, M.A., Lukas Müller, B.A. (SFU Berlin), Dr. in Sara Paloni (SFU Vienna), Mag. Mia Neuhaus, M.A.
Feeling the Past – Belonging, History and Present in the German Post-Wall Generation
Contact: leonard.brixel@sfu-berlin.de

Dr.in Sara Paloni (SFU Vienna)
Everyday lifes in Vienna – On living together in the light of political orientations
Contact: sara.paloni@sfu.ac.at

Dr.in Christina Ayazi, Prof. Dr. David Becker, Leonard Brixel, M.A., Dr. Markus Brunner, Ass.-Prof., Dr.in Katharina Hametner, Natalie Rodax, PhD., Ass.-Prof. Dr.in Nora Ruck, Kate Sheese, M.A., Dr. phil. Markus Wrbouschek
Common life worlds (Geteilte Lebenswelten)
Contact: sara.paloni@sfu.ac.at

Head of Research Cluster
Prof. Dr. David Becker

Research Cluster & Communication Manager
Dr.in Sara Paloni
Mail: sara.paloni@sfu.ac.at
Tel: +43 1 798 40 98 683


Brunner, M., Daniel, A., Knasmüller, F., Maile, F., & Von Zieglauer, F. (2023). Frauen bei den Corona-Protesten. Why do they care?. In U. Repnik, D. Schulz-Zak, & K. Hametner (Hrsg.), Frauengesundheit und Pandemie. Wie weiter? (S. 17-20). Wien: Stadt Wien.  

Daniel, A., Brunner, M., Knasmüller, F. (2023). Does Gender Play a Role? A Gendered Frame Analysis of the Pandemic Skeptic Protests in Austria. German Politics and Society, 41(2), 61–79.

Forschungswerkstatt Corona-Proteste (2021). Corona-Protest-Report. Narrative – Motive – Einstellungen. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/25qb3

Forschungswerkstatt Corona-Proteste. (2023). Corona-Protest-Report II: Eine Folgeuntersuchung. https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-86944-4

Hametner, K., & Wrbouschek, M (submitted). Sharing Affective Commitments (with affective communities?). International Review of Theoretical Psychologies.

Hametner, K., Rodax, N., Paloni, S., Knasmüller, F., Wrbouschek, M. & Brixel, L. (accepted) Experiences of the ageing subject – on coping with dynamics of passivation/activation in the everyday practice of elderly people. Awry: Journal of Critical Psychology.

Knasmüller, F., Menzel, G., Reuss, T., Brunner, M., & Heller, A. (2023). „Wider die Natur“ – Zur sozialpsychologischen Dimension des Bündnisses von Verschwörungsdenken und Spiritualität in den Corona-Protesten. Eine Fallanalyse. Z Religion Ges Polit. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41682-023-00150-7

Rodax, N., Wrbouschek, M., Hametner, K., Paloni, S., Ruck, N., & Brixel, L. (2021). Ressentiment As Morally Disclosive Posture? Conceptual Issues from a Psychological Point of View. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, (Epub). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13164-021-00546-5

Ruck, N., Hametner, K., Rutherford, A., Brunner, M., & Wrbouschek, M. (2021). Psychologies of not Knowing. On the (Re)Production of Oppression via Processes of not Knowing or Ignorance. International Review of Theoretical Psychologies, 1(2), 193-208. https://tidsskrift.dk/irtp/article/view/127763.

Wrbouschek, M., Rodax, N., Hametner, K., Ruck, N. & Paloni, S. (2020). Haltung bewahren! Ressentiment als verkörpertes, implizit-moralisches Urteil. In P. Ruppel & A. Sieben (Eds.), Moralisieren im Alltag. Journal für Psychologie, 28(2), 12–33. https://doi.org/10.30820/0942-2285-2020-2-12


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

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