Dr. Janosch Schobin

University of Kassel
Institute of Economics
Unit Empirical Economic Research
Nora-Platiel-Str. 4, 34109 Kassel
Phone: +49 561 804-7919, Fax: +49 561 804-2501
E-Mail: jschobin[at]uni-kassel[dot]de
Office hours: By appointment


Research interests

Empirical social research, sociology of friendship, sociology of technology, loneliness research.


Research articles in peer-reviewed journals

Haefner, Gonzalo and Janosch Schobin (2023), A New Climate Externalities Food Knowledge Test Validated by Item Response Theory and Behavioral Data Prediction, PsyEcology, forthcoming

Haefner, Gonzalo, Antje Risius, and Janosch Schobin (2023), Personality traits and meat consumption: the mediating role of animal-related ethical concerns, Frontiers of Psychology 13,995482

Schobin, Janosch (2022), Loneliness and emancipation: A multilevel analysis of the connection between gender inequality, loneliness, and social isolation in the ISSP 2017, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19 (12), 7428

Haefner, Gonzalo, Anja Köbrich León, and Janosch Schobin (2022), Frying Nemo? Experimental evidence on anthropomorphism, animal ethics, and food choice, Appetite 173 (1), 105989.

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2022), Romance and the ozone layer: panel evidence on green behavior in couples, Empirical Economics 63 (4), 2101-2123

Beytia, Pablo and Janosch Schobin (2020), Networked Pantheon: A relational database of globally famous people, Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences 5 (1), 50-65.

Burchardt, Hans-Jürgen, René Ramirez and Janosch Schobin (2020), El buen y mal vivir del bienestar/desarrollo en Alemania y Ecuador. Reflexiones a partir del análisis del tiempo, Revista Crítica de Ciencias Sociales. 122 (1), 3-33

Schobin, Janosch and Ana Cárdenas Tomažič (2020), The digital gamification of labor: A new form of labor process regulation?,International Journal of Work Innovation 2 (4), 308-327

Schobin, Janosch (2020), Caregiving by (non-relative) friends? Theoretical and empirical considerations of a neglected phenomenon using data from the Socioeconomic Panel as an example, Journal of Social Reform 66 (1), 35-68.

Schobin, Janosch (2017), Driven by play? The digitization of everyday life as a process of ludification, Leviathan 45 (3), 309-334.

Schobin, Janosch (2016), "Poor burials" in the modern welfare state. Temporal development, causes and problems of orderly burials in German large and medium-sized cities, Journal of Social Reform 62 (3), 301-329.

Contributions to journals

Schobin, Janosch (2022), Is there a policy against loneliness in Germany? A first stocktaking based on expert* interviews , Theory and Practice of Social Work Special Vol. 2022, 47-57.

Schobin, Janosch (2022), Emancipation and the threat of isolation: on the genesis of the fear of loneliness in modern societies, Berlin Debate Initial 33 (1), 53-68

Schobin, Janosch (2020), All The Lonely People? Why modern societies do not (yet) make us lonelier, epd-Documentation 20 (23), 34-53

Schobin, Janosch (2015), Friendship and intimate communication, Theologisch-Praktische Quartalschrift 163 (4), 390-398

Schobin, Janosch (2011), Caring friends. Questions for another way of life, Middle Path 3620 (1), 24-42

Schobin, Janosch (2011), Caring friends. Non-kinship relationships as family substitutes, Leaves of Welfare 158 (1), 7-9


Schobin, Janosch, Vincenz Leuschner, Sabine Flick, Erika Alleweldt, Eric Heuser, and Agnes Brandt (2013), Friendship today. An introduction to the sociology of friendship, Bielefeld: transcript.

Schobin, Janosch (2013), Friendship and Care. Report on a social form in transition, Hamburg: Hamburger Edition.

Further publications

Invernizzi, Friederike and Janosch Schobin (2022), Can scientists be friends?, Research & Teaching

Schobin, Janosch (2022): Loneliness, society and democracy: attitudes and participation, Expertise for the Competence Network Loneliness

Eulert, Matthias, Gonzalo Haefner, and Janosch Schobin (2021), Social Change and Loneliness, Expertise for the Commission of Inquiry IV " Loneliness" of the State Parliament NRW

Schobin, Janosch (2021), Einsamkeit: Warum wir einsam werden, und was wir dagegen tun können,NZZ

Schobin, Janosch and Jörn Valldorf (2021), What friendship is all about,Spectrum of Mediation 86 (4)

Schobin, Janosch (2020), Review "Michael Staack Fighting as Real as It Gets. A Micro-Sociological Encounter. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2019." Sociopolis

Robinson, Matthew and Janosch Schobin (2020), The Protestant Ideal of Friendship in the Mirror of Social Transformations and Theological Interpretations, in Sill, Bernhard and Thomas Knieps Port-Le-Roi (eds.),On the Happiness of Friendship, 335-360.

Schobin, Janosch and Philipp Staab (2020), It's all in the game: Emancipation in digitalized working environments, in: Meier, Uli. et al. (eds.), Digitalisation in Industry, 111-131.

Schobin, Janosch, and Philipp Staab (2020), Digital game competence. Ability to act and innovate in digital environments, in Dobischat, Rolf et al. (eds.), Education 2.1 for Work 4.0?, 319-333.

Schobin, Janosch (2019), Caring for the image of the other: Friendship and care in digital media, in Stiehler, Steve (ed.), On the future of friendship, 79-104.

Schobin, Janosch (2018), Loneliness and trust: Aspects of a social problem. In: Hax-Schoppenhorst, Thomas (Ed.), The loneliness book. How health professionals can understand, support, and integrate lonely people, 46-67.

Schobin, Janosch (2018), Review "Bareither, C., Violence in computer games. Facets of a pleasure. Bielefeld: transcript, 2016," Sociological Review 41(2), 319-323.

Schobin, Janosch (2017), review "Seyfert, R. and Roberge, J. (eds.), Algorithm cultures. On the computational construction of reality. Bielefeld: transcript, 2017",Sociopolis

Bracht, Oliver and Janosch Schobin (2016), Big Data from the perspective of a Data Scientist, Soziopolis

Schobin, Janosch and Christian Steglich (2016), The Eyes of Sociology. What mathematical models make visible, Soziopolis

Papers under review

Köbrich León, Anja, Julien Picard, and Janosch Schobin (2023), Fostering multiple pro-environmental behaviors at once: an experimental study on behavioral spillovers, In Principle Acceptance (IPA), Scientific Reports.

Köbrich León, Anja, and Janosch Schobin (2023), Get the happiness out - a framed field experiment on the causal effects of positive emotions on online giving, in revision for PLOS ONE.

Discussion papers submitted to peer-reviewed journals

Elke Groh, Anja Köbrich León, and Janosch Schobin (2023), Making climate-friendly choices in hard times: panel evidence on the COVID-19 shock and the (in)stability of climate-related preferences in Chile.

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing: on social image in online charity.

Registered pre-analysis plans

Köbrich León, Anja, Alexander Langenkamp, and Janosch Schobin (2023), Breaking Ground: exploring the interaction of social tension and environmental activism, available at AEA RCT Registry: https: //doi.org/10.1257/rct.10868-1.0

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Greening the road ahead: The effect of policy announcements on green mobility behaviors, available at AEA RCT Registry: https: //doi.org/10.1257/rct.10867-1.0

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Skin in the game, political affect and policy acceptance, available at AEA RCT Registry: https: //doi.org/10.1257/rct.10134

"Work in progress"

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Do your friends make you give: evidence on pro-social contagion networks (working title).

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Is low-carbon food consumption contagious? A social-network analysis (working title).

Köbrich León, Anja and Janosch Schobin (2023), Boosting peer influence by gamification? Evidence from an experimental network intervention study (working title).

Conference talks

Annual Conference European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2019, 2020, 2021), Congress of the German Sociological Association (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020), International Congress of Environmental Psychology (2021)

Referee activities

Peer-reviewed journals

WZI-Mitteilungen, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Society - Individual - Socialization. Journal for Socialization Research


Since 10/2022

Research Assistant (Postdoc) at the Unit Empirical Economic Research at the Institute of Economics, University of Kassel

Since 10/2022

Research associate (postdoc) at the Competence Network Loneliness of the Institute for Social Work and Social Pedagogy e.V.

10/2017 - 09/2022

Project Leader BMBF junior research group "The role of digital gaming applications in friendship networks for decarbonizing private consumption decisions (DeCarbFriends)", for more information click here.

10/2015 - 09/2017

Project Leader of the junior research group "Gamification as a social problem" at the University of Kassel.

07/2015 - 11/2013

Visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University

03/2012 - 07/2012, 04/2019 - 07/2019

Visiting scholar at the Instituto de Sociología of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Kassel
Topic of the dissertation: "Friendship and Care - Report on a Social Form in Transition"

10/2009 - 05/2015

Research assistant at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in the research area "The Society of the Federal Republic of Germany

08/2006 - 07/2009

Doctoral Fellow of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research

04/2001 - 02/2006

Master's degree in sociology (HF), mathematics (NF) and Hispanic studies (NF) at the University of Kassel