A.SK Selection Committee

Every two years, an international committee led by chairperson Dorothea Kübler selects the prize recipient.

Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler is the director of the department of Market Behavior at the WZB and a Professor of Economics at the Technical University of Berlin. Her research uses experimental methods and game theory to examine decision-making behavior and market design. In recent years, among other things, her work concentrates on the centralized procedure for awarding places at universities in Germany, looks at the influence of social and moral standards in markets, and also studies educational choices and discrimination in the labor market. Dorothea is a founding member of the “Matching in Practice” network, a member of the senate of the DFG (German Science Foundation), and the deputy chairwoman of the Einstein Foundation, Berlin.

Prof. Dr. h.c. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D. is the president of the WZB and a professor of educational sociology and market labor research at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She was previously the director of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg (2003–07).

Prof. Sir Richard Blundell is the David Ricardo Professor of Political Economy at University College London and the Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was the Research Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies between 1986-2016. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society (1991), Fellow of the British Academy (1996), Honorary Member of the American Economic Association (2001), Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2002) and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (2003). Blundell was predicted to win the Nobel Prize in 2015 by Reuters along with two other notable economists, Chicago economist John A. List for his work on field experiments and Northwestern economist Charles Manski, for his work on the reflection problem.

Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel holds the chair for European Integration at the Freie Universität Berlin. She received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 1999. From 1999 to 2004, she conducted her research and taught at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University Heidelberg. Her research focus and teaching experience lie in the field of institutional theory and Governance, European Integration, and Comparative Politics with a focus on Western and Southern Europe. She mainly concentrates on questions of institutional change as a result of Europeanization as well as on the diffusion of European ideas and policies within and outside of the EU. Since 2009 she has been leading the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) "The Transformative Power of Europe" together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Risse and she is project coordinator of the FP-7 research project "Maximizing the Enlargement Capacity of the European Union".

Prof. Craig Calhoun has been Professor for Social Sciences at Arizona State University since July 2018. From 2016 to 2018, Prof. Calhoun was the President of the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles and remains involved with the Institute as a Senior Advisor. From 2012 to 2016, Prof. Calhoun was Director and President of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before taking up his post at the LSE, he taught at the Universities of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Columbia, and NYU. Calhoun’s many publications bring together theory and empirical research across several disciplines. He has also published extensively on nationalism and globalization; economic and technological change; critical social theory; the history of social science; and secularism, religion, and the public sphere.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer is the founding Director and was until September 2015 Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) based in Potsdam. He is also the former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations (1998-2006). From 1978 to 1979 he was Professor and Director of the Institute for Spatial Research and Planning at the University of Hannover. In 1985 he was appointed by the University of Mainz Economics Faculty as an Honorary Professor. He has since 2007 been a Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University, Shanghai. He is also a visiting Professor at the Frank-Loeb Institut, University of Landau. Klaus Töpfer is the former Minister for Environment and Health in Rheinland-Pfalz (1985-1987). He was Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety from 1987 to 1994 and Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Housing and Urban Development from 1994-1998. He was also a member of the German Bundestag during the period 1990 to 1998.