Human Values at the Culture Level

Contact: Ronald Fischer


Values are central to public and academic discourse. Politicians and commentators alike use values to justify or criticise political actions and policy choices, people debate the values underlying their personal decisions, and countries fight wars over value conflicts.

The ‘clash of civilizations’ (Huntington, 1993) and ‘war on terrorism’ assume a fundamental clash of values between individuals and groups from different parts of the world.

This series of studies investigates:

  • what dimensions or motivations are underlying values of individuals and cultural groups
  • to what extent values are shared within cultures and differ across cultures
  • how both personal and cultural values shape people’s worldviews and their actions, thoughts and feelings
  • investigates novel applications for making positive impacts in people’s lives.