Institute of Social Ethics

Team of the ISE

front row (left to right): Sabine Krieger (Librarian), Michael Braunschweig (Chief Assistant), Monika Wilhelm (PhD)
back row (left to right): Eva Schaufelberger (secretary), Jana Holeckova (secretary), Sebastian Farr (Assistant), Michael Coors (Director of the Institute)


Founded in 1964, the Institute of Social Ethics is a research center of the University of Zurich devoted to theological, theoretical, and applied ethics, with a focus on religion in the contemporary world. Areas of expertise include political, environmental, medical, and business ethics. With a strongly international focus, the Institute aims to bring together ethical reflection and public policy analysis to address matters of domestic and global concern.

The Institute's responsibilieties include:

  • establishing and managing the curriculum in theological and social ethics at the University of Zurich
  • implementing research projects in ethics
  • organizing and hosting conferences and symposia
  • cooperating with other ethics-related institutions in Switzerland and around the world.