Social Interaction


The Centre for Research on Social intercations was born of long-standing interdisciplinary and inter-faculty collaborations in the University whose aim is the study of interpersonal interaction processes.  The Centre aims to produce and promote interdisciplinary research on social interactions and contribute to the training of young scientists. Projects undertaken by the 6 research groups in the Centre target key social issues :

  •     Trajectories of young people (education and integration);
  •     Work processes (coordination in groups, hierarchy management, and resolution of tasks by collaborative processes);
  •     Effectiveness of institutional functioning (performance, conflicts, and negotiations);
  •     Relationships between individuals and institutions.

These issues are analyzed in a variety of empirical fields (business, school, health care institutions, courts, and public institutions in general) whose complexity requires interdisciplinary investigations based on combined research methodologies.

The researchers gathered in the center share a common perspective of social interaction that highlights three scientific concerns:

  •     social interactions involve the trade and reproduction of knowledge, symbolic references, interpersonal relationships, and functioning of institutions and social traditions ;
  •     relationships between individuals and institutions evolve through empirically observable social practices;
  •     interaction competence as social capital.

These concerns meet current questions of fundamental and applied research on the relationship between inter-individual social practices and institutional frameworks and the construction and circulation of knowledge.

More information :

Institut de psychologie du travail et des organisations

Institut de psychologie et éducation

Centre de logopédie

Centre de linguistique appliquée

Institut de langue et littérature allemandes

Centre de recherche sur les modes amiables et juridictionnels de gestion des conflits

Centre romande de recherche en criminologie

Steering Comitee

Prof. Adrian Bangerter

Prof. Geneviève de Weck

Prof. Marion Fossard

Prof. Christine Guy-Ecabert

Prof. Antonio Iannaccone

Prof. Laure Kloetzer

Prof. André Kuhn

Prof. Simona Pekarek-Doehler

Prof. Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont

Prof. Franziscka Tschan

Prof. Tania Zittoun