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Vice-Rector for Research

Prof. Dr. Bettina Rockenbach

Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation
Chair for Experimental Economic and Behavioral Research

Please use the following email address to contact the prorector’s office: 
Phone: +49 221 470 1269 

Bettina Rockenbach holds a diploma in Mathematics from the University of Bonn. As an assistant of the Nobel laureate Reinhard Selten, she received her doctoral degree and her postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in economics from the University of Bonn with contributions to game theory and experimental economics. From 2000 to 2011, Bettina Rockenbach held the Chair in Microeconomics at the University of Erfurt. She founded and directed the experimental economics laboratory (eLab) and the Center for Empirical Research in Economics and Behavioral Sciences (CEREB). From 2006 to 2008, Professor Rockenbach served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Law, and Social Sciences, and from 2008 to 2011, as Vice President for Research and Young Academics at the University of Erfurt.

Since July 2011, Bettina Rockenbach holds the Chair for Experimental and Behavioral Economics at the University of Cologne. From October 2012 to March 2015, she served as Vice Dean for Research and Young Academics of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, and since April 2015 as Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Cologne.

In 2013, Bettina Rockenbach was appointed to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and since 2014 she has been a member of the Senate of the German Science Foundation DFG.

A focus of Bettina Rockenbach’s often interdisciplinary research is in the design of institutions fostering cooperation in social dilemma situations and the frameworks promoting socially responsible economic behavior. She publishes in leading economic journals as well as in distinguished general interest journals such as Science and Nature.