Our Projects & Research

ILSE, in collaboration with Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation, Erasmus University Rotterdam,  is involved with the project “Hope Barometer”.

The Hope Barometer is a scientific project aimed at finding ways to measure and increase hope in organisations, cities and other groups. We define hope as an engaged desire for an achievable, but always uncertain goal. As such, hope can be an important incentive for change and innovation, and help people deal with and flourish in a quickly changing world. To understand hope, we need to be able to measure hope, and to measure hope we developed the Hope Barometer! On this website, you can find a shortened version of the Hope Barometer, an overview of previous research and many other things related to hope.

This project is funded by Goldschmeding Foundation. For more information, please refer to www.hopebarometer.com

At present, ILSE has two Ph.D. students who are working on subjects that are of particular interest to ILSE. We asked Benjamin, one of our students to share a little about himself and his research topic.


‘In my daily life, I work as a pastor of a small Evangelical Free church in southern Germany. Before that, I worked as a freelance organizational trainer and consultant. In both worlds – workplace situations and non-profit organizational settings – great responsibility is attached to leadership situations. Most people I meet have a boss complaining about them. As followers, people often have more influence on the leadership relationship than they realize. All of this brought me to the issue ‘What is good leadership?’

‘The working title of my project is “A Ramsey perspective on the ethical use of power in leadership”. Paul Ramsey was an ethicist who worked intensively in areas of public interest. In his time, there were questions on justice in war, as well as what bioethics is. He did this explicitly from a Christian perspective. One issue in the debate today is ethical leadership, and especially the use of power in leadership. To contribute to this discussion from a Christian perspective, I will research the way in which Ramsey’s ethical baselines, and his way to engage “public” issues, can be brought to bear in our context.’

In addition to our current doctoral projects, we are also interested in the following lines of research.

  • Social justice and economy
  • Non-profit management of Christian organizations
  • Integration of leadership theory, a Christian worldview and ministerial leadership
  • Identity-based spiritual leadership
  • Spiritual formation and leadership
  • Authority and influence in organizational leadership
  • Peacemaking (Christian conflict management)

Please contact us if you would like to collaborate with us in research.