Fellows of the Centre for Social Investment

In today's world, the complex tasks of foundations, social enterprises or non-profit organizations can only be solved by interdisciplinary cooperation. For the CSI is therefore the exchange with scientists around the world of important concern. Building networks with other European centres as well as with practitioners plays therefore an essential role in our work. For a lively and fruitful exchange, the CSI invites international fellows to Heidelberg. Together, the aim is to contribute to research and teaching in the above mentioned topics.

Senior Fellows at the Center for Social Investment and Innovation (CSI) are Prof. Dr. Adalbert Evers, Prof. Dr. Andreas Schröer, Dr. Ekkehard Thümler and Jed Emerson. If you would like to contact us or the Fellows of the CSI, please contact us directly!


Prof. Dr. Adalbert Evers

Adalbert Evers, Dr. rer. pol., was professor at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen from 1993 to 2013. His professorship for comparative health and social policy was also associated at the department of social and cultural sciences and at the department of agricultural sciences, ecotrophology and environmental management. Prior to this, he received his doctorate in 1977 at the University of Bremen (summa cum laude). He was habilitated in 1988 at the Goethe University Frankfurt with a thesis on the "handling of uncertainty". From 1983-1993 he worked at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria). He has also conducted research at the School of Social Policy at the University of Manchester, the Institute of Social Sciences (Goethe University Frankfurt), the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham. He also worked as an appointed expert in the Enquete Commission "Future of Civic Engagement" of the German Bundestag (2002). Adalbert Evers' work focuses on social services in the field of health and social policy, in particular in the field of care for the elderly, day care for children and labour market integration.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Schröer

Andreas Schröer war Mitglied des Gründungsteams des CSI und leitete die Forschungsabteilung (2006-2009) und kommissarisch die Abteilung für Lehre (2006-2008). 

Andreas Schröer ist seit 2017 Professor für Organisationspädagogik an der Universität Trier. Zuvor arbeitete er von 2012 bis 2017 als Professor für Nonprofit Management an der Evangelischen Hochschule Darmstadt. Dort war er, u.a. Direktor des Instituts für Zukunftsfragen der Gesundheits- und Sozialwirtschaft (04/2013 - 03/2017); Geschäftsführender Professor der Abteilung Fort- und Weiterbildung (10/2013-03/2017) und Dekan des Fachbereichs Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung/School of Professional Studies (04/2014-01/2017). Vor seiner Zeit in Darmstadt, forschte und lehrte Andreas Schröer an der Portland State University. Zunächst als Assistant Professor of Public Administration (09/2009-06/2012), dann als Associate Director am Institute for Nonprofit Management (02/2012-06/2012) und als Associate Director am Center for Public Service (06/2011-06/2012) sowie von 07/2012 bis 06/2014 als Associate Professor of Public Administration. Von 2003 bis 2006 arbeitete er als wissenschaflicher Assistent am Institut für Pädagogik der Universität Erlangen. Von 2004 bis 2005 war er zudem Visiting Fellow am Center on Adolescence (PI: Bill Damon) der Stanford University. Dort hat er über Good Work im Nonprofit-Sektor geforscht. Die Arbeit von Andreas Schröer konzentriert sich auf Themen der Führung (Leadership) und Organisationsentwicklung im Nonprofit-Sektor, Evaluation und Wirkungsmessung, sowie auf Bildung in der Zivilgesellschaft. Er ist Mitglied in verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Organisationen (Deutsche, Europäische und Amerikanische Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft).


Dr. Ekkehard Thümler

He was project director at CSI (2008-2016).

Ekkehard Thümler worked for the Joachim Herz Foundation, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and the Vodafone Foundation. He works as a consultant for Teach First. He received his doctorate at Heidelberg University with a thesis on impact and innovation strategies of philanthropic organisations.



Jed Emerson

Jed is a widely recognized, international thought leader on impact investing, performance metrics and sustainable finance. As originator of the term "blended value," he has spent over two decades exploring how capital investment strategies may be executed to create multiple returns. He has held appointments at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford business schools and has written extensively on impact investing, social return on investment, and related areas. He is co-author of the book, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference, the first book published on the topic of impact investing. Jed’s latest book, The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows, and Natural Being, is an exploration of our historic journey to understand the purpose of capital and meaning of money. Copies of the e-Book are offered for free with hard/paperback copies priced at cost (i.e. waiving royalties) in order to help promote a new, deeper conversation in the field of impact investing with regard to how we approach both wealth management and our understanding of the value we create over the course of our lives.