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Cambridge Personality and Social Dynamics Research Group


Tobias Ebert is 3rd year PhD student at the University of Mannheim, jointly supervised by Prof. Gebauer and Dr. Rentfrow. He is funded by the the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

His research interests are settled in the field of geographical psychology, focusing on the relevance of regional personality differences for a) the individuals living in the region and b) the development of the region as a whole. Reflecting his interdisciplinary background, Tobias tries to enrich psychological research by integrating geographical methods and introducing novel data sources. Tobias has published in psychological (Journal of Personality) and economic journals (Small Business Economics) and his research has been featured in national and international media outlets like TIME Magazine, DIE ZEIT or Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Before starting his PhD, he worked as a research and teaching assistant in the lab for Economic Geography and Location Research at the University of Marburg and has written his first master thesis in collaboration with the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg. Throughout his PhD, Tobias has been a visiting research fellow at Prof. Obschonka’s lab at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. Besides research, Tobias teaches personality psychology seminars at the University of Mannheim, supervises Bachelor and Master theses and serves as an external lecturer for research methods at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University.

Tobias received his MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Jason Rentfrow in 2017, earning distinction, and holds a MSc and BSc in Human Geography from the University of Marburg, Germany.

Outside of the research group, Tobias is a rough defender at a local football club, plays badminton and enjoys running. Other than that, he is engaged in voluntary work, likes visiting museums and constantly tries to expand his stock of pointless geographic and historic trivia.