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OX/BER Centre for Advanced Studies

Launched in 2020, the OX/BER Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) reinforces the existing research partnership between the University of Oxford and the four partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) and supports outstanding researchers. The Berlin University Alliance is providing more than 1.1 million euros for the period 2020-2023 to fund thematically oriented, inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation groups.

In each of the funded alliance projects, up to ten fellows from Oxford and Berlin conduct research together within flexible academic structures on topics including the Grand Challenge Initiatives.

Social Cohesion

Following the footsteps of the first Grand Challenge Initiative Social Cohesion, the OX|BUA CAS is funding three interdisciplinary projects that explore issues around social cohesion in a preliminary round of funding.


Improving Working Conditions for Platform Workers in Germany
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Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Mark Graham (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer (Technische Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Maren Borkert (XU Exponential University)
Co-Applicants: Dr. Alessio Bertolini (University of Oxford), Fabian Ferrari (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Moritz Altenried, (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Dr. Natalia Strobel (Technische Universität Berlin)

Transitions and Social Cohesion in the Context of Multiple Crises

Understanding social cohesion in the context of Colombia’s transition from war to peace, the impact of Venezuelan migration on South America, and the global pandemic.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Annette Idler (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Sérgio Costa (Freie Universität Berlin)
Co-Applicants: Dr. Markus Hochmüller (University of Oxford), Dr. Jan Boesten (Freie Universität Berlin)

Oxford-Berlin Initiative on Museums as Spaces of Social Cohesion and Conflict

An Interdisciplinary Cooperation in the Field of Museum Studies

Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Dan Hicks (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin)

Global Health

In a second call for proposals, the OX/BER CAS addresses approaches to questions in the field of Global Health. The call was aimed at cooperation groups working on new and innovative approaches in the areas of 'antimicrobial resistance (AMR)', 'pandemic lessons and future pandemic preparedness' and 'digital health and AI'.

Context-Driven Infection Control Interventions

IPC intervention studies tailored to the local LMIC setting

Principal Investigators: Ass. Prof. MD PhD Christiane Dolecek (University of Oxford), Dr. med. Friederike Maechler (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Dr. Tochi Okwor (CDC Nigeria)
Co-Applicants: Prof. Joachim Trebbe (Freie Universität Berlin), Prof. Dr. Ben Cooper (University of Oxford), Dr. Tim Eckmanns (Robert Koch-Institut Berlin, RKI)

Bacterial-Fungal Co-Infections and their Role in the Evolution of Antimicrobial Resistance

Uncovering metabolic interactions that drive the evolution of antimicrobial drug resistance in bacterial-fungal co-infections

Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. Craig MacLean (University of Oxford), Prof. Dr. Markus Ralser (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
Co-Applicants: Dr. Rachel Wheatley (University of Oxford), Dr. Lisa Juliane Kahl (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), Dr. Federica Agostini (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)