On 15 June, the University of Bremen had invited around 20,000 guests to an Open Day. They took part in guided tours and listened to lectures, informed themselves about research and study programmes. Together with other social science research institutions and study programmes, the CRC 1342 organised a colourful programme of events in a large pagoda, including discussions in front of and with the audience, poster presentations and quizzes.
The CRC 1342 offers students the opportunity to do an intership in a multidisciplinary research institution. As the first CRC 1342 intern, Mareike Müller-Scheffsky spent three months working in the project A05. In this interview, she talks about her experience and future plans.
Our CRC’s project area A hosted a two-day workshop with international scholars discussing the influence International Organisations have in shaping social policy. The papers presented are planned to be published in our CRC book series.
Kerstin Martens talks to Deutschlandfunk about the role of the EU in shaping Europe's education systems. The EU is a late starter in this field and its influence is mainly limited to vocational and university education. Actors such as the OECD have a much stronger influence on education systems. Martens and other colleagues from the SFB 1342 are currently holding an international workshop in Bremen on the influence of such international organisations on social policy.
After 20 years as Professor of Social Policy at Bielefeld University, Leisering has officially retired. He celebrated his farewell with a two-day symposium on international social policy research. However, he is far from stopping his scientific work, and he will also remain member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Collaborative Research Centre "Global Dynamics of Social Policy".
Greta-Marleen Storath does research on long-term care and migration. She has recently travelled to Lund, Uppsala and Stockholm to conduct interviews with experts, which resulted in a revised impression of the situation in Sweden.
During the Information Day of the University of Bremen, 25 high school graduates visited the Collaborative Research Centre 1342 to learn more about social policy research and the working lives of scientists. In the one-hour event, managing director Irina Wiegand, Kristin Noack and Fabian Besche explained the work at the Collaborative Research Centre and answered questions from the guests.
CRC member Frank Nullmeier was consulted as an expert in the Bundestag Committee for Labour and Social Affairs as to whether proposals of the opposition parties were suitable for tackling old-age poverty. The central topic was a combination of the statutory pension insurance with a potential minimum basic income - on which Nullmeier took a clear position.
What do tolerating electricity theft, agricultural subsidies and the regulation of migration have in common? They are in some cases expressions of social policy by other means - argue CRC member Laura Seelkopf and her colleague Peter Starke in a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis which they edited.
In project B09 Alex Veit is working on case studies on social policy in South Africa and Tanzania. During a recent research trip he took a closer look at the two countries' education policies. In an interview, Veit talks about the similarities and differences he has found between the two systems and their actors and about his future plans for the project, that he is jointly directing with his colleague Klaus Schlichte.
At the CRC 1342, Tim Vlandas of the University of Oxford presented results of his research on the rise of far right parties in Europe. Economic cultural insecurity play a central role, as does social policy.