The goal of the SAFE-19 consortium is to analyse the role of solidarity in the context of the COVID-19 crisis for the attitudes and behaviour of German citizens in a multidisciplinary way. The consortium aims to disentangle the transformation over time of the weighting between self-interest and common good orientation as well as the role of political institutions and the interplay between them and individual citizens for the extreme trade-offs between freedom and economic well-being on the one hand and saving human lives on the other.

The SAFE-19 consortium poses the following research questions:

  1.  What is the immediate impact of the government’s solidarity appeal? How can we capture the change in behaviour and attitudes through social media monitoring?
  2. What explains the variation in behaviour and attitudes among individuals and which factors influence the choice of acting in solidarity. How can solidarity be increased?