Guy Elcheroth is a senior lecturer in the social psychology of conflict and social change and chair of the research group. Concentrating initially on moral climates in postwar societies, his research focus has broadened to the processes by which people mobilise collectively in periods of societal instability and to the interaction between bottom-up and top-down dynamics in critical transitions. To study these processes empirically, he is particularly interested in innovative approaches to comparative survey methodology and mixed methods research. He has previously been the research coordinator of the TRACES project, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, and a lecturer in conflict and mediation at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
Rachel Fasel Hunziker is writing a PhD thesis on the framework of the TRACES project. Combining individual and collective level perspectives, she is interested in how individuals cope and react when confronted to victimisation situations due to war, economic precariousness or injustice. Her work focuses on the resources and shared values that people can rely on when facing victimisation situations, such as religious beliefs or the belief in a just world: are these beliefs shattered or strengthened in case of victimisation and how are they related to people's well-being? She is currently the scientific officer of NCCR LIVES.
Stephanie Glaeser is a PhD student affiliated with NCCR LIVES. Her research examines the links between social inequalities, collective identification, community cohesion and well-being. She studies how social rifts can be detrimental to the collective and, conversely, how social climates can represent a source of collective resilience across different levels and in different contexts (Switzerland and Europe). Before joining the research group, she has presented at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) a Master thesis on the links between young Germans' collective memory of the Holocaust and their attitudes towards today's minorities.
Davide Morselli is a senior researcher affiliated with NCCR LIVES, where he coordinates research projects on individual and contextual vulnerability. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Bologna. He is interested in processes of social change, contextual influence on individual attitudes and values, and inter-individual and intergroup differences. Previously, he has been conducting research on obedience and disobedience to authority, social movements, intergroup dynamics, prejudice, and social responsibility.
Sandra Penic is a PhD student studying the impact of individual and collective experiences of war victimisation and economic exclusion on the political attitudes and social identities of young adults in post-war former Yugoslavia. To study these phenomena, she combines quantitative analyses of the survey data collected within the TRACES project with rhetoric analyses of elite discourse, including speeches from political and religious leaders. She has been working before as a research assistant at the University of Zagreb
Dario Spini is full professor of social psychology and the life course. His main research interests cover, on the one hand, vulnerability in the life course (transition to adulthood and very old age), health, beliefs and self-regulation and, on the other hand, human rights, values and collective vulnerability. He has been the principal investigator of the TRACES interdisciplinary research program and is now the director of NCCR LIVES.