Events

In a number of event formats, the SFB "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" presents and discusses new findings in social policy research. Usually these events are public.
The internal events of CRC 1342 are aimed to facilitate the exchange between the participating researchers and to promote their work on the research questions of their projects. Occasionally we report on the results of these internal events on the page "News".

Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
9 am - 4 pm
Organisation
Lecture Series
Equality at the CRC

25.09.2019 Internal Workshop

CRC Retreat

Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Place


Bremen
Time
9 am - 6 pm
Contact Person

9 am – 12 pm
Plenary Session (Cartesium, Rotunde)

1. Welcome and Meeting of Members of the CRC: General Information (Working Paper Series, Book Series, First information about the CRC Grant Application 2022-2025, Integration project areas A and B)

2. Preliminary Results: A01 and B01

3. First results of selected projects

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Lunch at Mensa (Reserved Area)

1.30 pm – 1.45 pm
Coffee Break in front of Unicom 3.3380 and 3.3390

1.45 pm – 3.45 pm
Separate Meetings of Project Areas A and B (Unicom 3.3380 and 3.3390)

3.45 pm – 4 pm
Coffee Break in front of Unicom 3.3380 and 3.3390

4 pm – 6 pm
Discussions in thematic groups: International Organisations, Health, Migration, Poverty (Unicom 7.4500, 3.3380. 3.3390, 1.1050)

8 pm
CRC Party

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.4680
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
11 am - 1 pm
Organisation

Place
Unicom building
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organisation
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

07.11.2019 - 08.11.2019 Conference

Causal Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Policy Dynamics

Teilprojekt B01: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
Time
8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Contact Person
Organisation

Recent theoretical and methodological developments in the social sciences converge into the approach of "mechanism-based explanation". Originating from different disciplines such as analytical sociology, political sociology, comparative historical analysis and qualitative research in political science, mechanism-based approaches stress that phenomena cannot fully be explained by correlations between variables: Causal mechanisms are the "cogs and wheels" that scholars come across when opening the "black box" of correlations.

Despite the expanding literature on this topic, two deficits have not been resolved so far:

  1. There is no convincing compilation of mechanisms that drive social and political processes. Previous proposals for a comprehensive list of mechanisms collect elements of very different scales and levels. There is no shared understanding on what level (micro, meso, macro) mechanisms should be allocated and what elements a mechanism should have to count as a mechanism.
  2. There is also a lack of systematic applications of mechanism-based approaches to an entire policy field. So far, mechanism-based approaches have primarily been used in single case studies or comparative case studies with a limited scope and range. Adopting a mechanism-based approach for studying the transnational dynamics of an entire policy field might be a decisive test for the fruitfulness of mechanism-based approaches.


This conference aims to stimulate discussion on the characteristics of causal mechanisms, and to establish a closer link between these concepts and the study of social policy dynamics.

PROGRAMME

Day 1

9.00-9.30
Registration and welcome coffee

9.30-10.30
Gary Goertz, University of Notre Dame
The veil of ignorance – causal mechanism – process tracing methodology

10.45-12.15
Session 1: Theorizing Mechanisms

Lunch

13.30-14.30
Renate Mayntz, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Promise and limits of mechanism-based explanation

14.45-16.15
Session 2: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Comparative Approaches

16.45-17.45
James Mahoney, Northwestern University Causal mechanisms and theories of causality: Three approaches

18.00-19.30
Session 3: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Transnational Interdependencies

Day 2
9.30-11.00
Session 4: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics – Single Case Studies

11.15-12.30
Plenary Session: Could we hope to compile a list of basic causal mechanisms?
Peter Starke, University of Southern Denmark Delia González de Reufels, Johanna Kuhlmann, Frank Nullmeier, Klaus Schlichte, University of Bremen

Lunch

13.45-15.15
Session 5: Mechanisms of Social Policy Dynamics in Latin America

15.30-16.30
Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester The rise and fall of Bismarckian social policy in Latin America

09.11.2019 Workshop

International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region

Teilprojekt B06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Place
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Klagenfurter Straße 8
28359 Bremen
Time
9 am - 5 pm
Contact Person

Call for Papers

For a combined, three-day event we invite proposals for papers on "International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region". The event takes place from 7-9 November 2019 in Bremen (Germany).

It begins with a two-day conference on "Causal Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Policy Dynamics" in the House of Science in Bremen. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Renate Mayntz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies), James Mahoney (Northwestern University), and Peter Starke (University of Southern Denmark).

On the third day there will be a workshop on "International knowledge transfer in social policy: The case of the post-Soviet region". Participants selected from this call are invited to join the conference and to present their papers at the third-day workshop, which takes place at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen on 9 November 2019. It intends to complement the conference on causal mechanisms with the discussion of research on dynamics of international knowledge transfer in social policy in the post-Soviet region. Special emphasis is made on the policy fields of basic income security (alleviating poverty), health care and education.

The workshop aims to bring together approaches from political science, sociology and other relevant academic disciplines to get a more comprehensive picture of the influence of social policy concepts originating in the OECD world on reform processes in the post-Soviet region and of the role that international actors play in this knowledge transfer. The focus of invited papers should always be on the international knowledge transfer and on the domestic evaluation of these social policy concepts.

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 201

Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is 30 April 2019. In addition to a 300 word abstract, please include a brief biographical statement in your submission. Selected paper-givers will be invited by 31 May 2019. Full papers will be due 15 September 2019.

The workshop will involve around 15 scholars; early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Travel expenses and accommodation costs of invited participants will be covered by the organiser. For further information on our research group, visit our website.

We plan to publish selected workshop papers in a special issue of Global Social Policy.

Paper proposals and any questions should be addressed to:
Dr Andreas Heinrich (heinrich@uni-bremen.de)

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.3280
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organisation
Partic. Organisation
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

The study of causal mechanisms and processes is ubiqutious in the social sciences. But there is no agreement on how this can be achieved. In this talk, I will present recent advancements in process-tracing methods as one tool to study mechanisms, discussing its relative strengths and the tradeoffs involved with detailed tracing of mechanisms as they play out in real-world cases. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the developing standards for what determines the internal and external validity of mechanism-focused case studies.

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organiser
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

In the era of globalised supply chains, consumption has developed into a major, geographically distant driver of various local impacts in countries producing raw materials. In my presentation, I introduce a new framework that connects spatiotemporal databases to global economic input-output models. This novel methodology is developed in the ERC-funded project ‘FINEPRINT’ (www.fineprint.global) and allows tracking of material supply chains at a high spatial detail. I present selected results of how we map the global geographical distribution of mining and agriculture on a detailed (1 km x 1 km) grid cell level and how we link these global extraction maps to spatially explicit data on related environmental impacts, taking the example of deforestation. I then illustrate how we trace raw material flows and related impacts using spatially explicit material flow models, focusing on the case of global biomass flows. The FINEPRINT framework allows robust assessments of raw material footprints and related environmental impacts as a basis for designing targeted action by policy and business to realise more sustainable product supply chains.

05.12.2019 - 06.12.2019 Internal Workshop

Leadership Skills for Women Team Leaders

Dr. Anette Hammerschmidt
Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
9.30 am - 4 pm (Thursday), 9:30 am - 1.30 pm (Friday)
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Equality at the CRC

Have you ever struggled with a team member, who doesn’t seem motivated? Do you sometimes wonder how to lead without formal authority? Or do you feel "stuck in the middle" between your boss and the team you are leading as a postdoc?

Leading teams in the academic context is a challenging task. It can be inspiring and stressful at times. Some insights into communication and leadership skills can make a difference, for you personally and for your team.

This one and a half day training was designed to support those in prospective leadership positions with some insights and helpful leadership approaches to expand their skill set and gain suggestions for concrete situations at hand. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

  • Understanding structural aspects of leading from a "sandwich" position
  • Defining and clarifying one’s role and mandate as well as expectations
  • Leadership styles and Situational Leadership
  • Understanding social systems and team-development
  • Building a network and support system
  • Handling tricky situations from real life examples

The training will consist of short inputs, lots of practical exercises and experience sharing. We strongly recommend that participants come prepared with some real life situations and questions that will serve as a basis for practice and discussions.

Participation in both days is required.

Dr. Anette Hammerschmidt is a trainer and coach in the academic field as well as in the business world with over 20 years of experience.

Her main expertise lies in leadership topics as well as organizational and team-development, intercultural cooperation and self-leadership.

Place
Unicom building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
11.15 am - 12.45 pm
Organisation
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

Social policy in general has been and still is considered mainly as an issue of collective and corporative actors organised at a national level. This holds for systems of health care, unemployment insurance or pension funds.

Concerning labour regulation there is a longer tradition of supranational and global regulations, as the examples of ILO regulations or OECD standards reveal. Nevertheless, compared to the actual degree of globalised and transnationalised social relations and interchanges of goods, information, cognitive maps and persons, the development of coordinated cross-border social policies remains quite "underdeveloped".

Based on empirical research about transnational (expert) mobility in organisations and the emerging texture of transnational labour regulation and referring to theories of global "institutional work" (W. Mayer, T. Lawrence/R. Suddaby) the presentation argues that there could be identified a transnational institution building of social policy in the field of labour regulation that differs significantly from classic forms of social policy. In order to actually "realize" these empirical tendencies, we have to fine-tune our theoretical-conceptual lenses.

Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
2 pm - 4 pm
Organiser
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen; Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
SoSe 2019

Place
Unicom building
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Time
2.15 pm - 3.45 pm
Organisation
Partic. Organisation
Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS); Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Lecture Series
Jour Fixe
Semester
WiSe 2019/20

Place
Unicom Building
Room: 7.1020
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Time
9 am - 4 pm
Contact Person
Lecture Series
Equality at the CRC

The advanced PhD and early postdoc years are essential for academic career development. During this period, scientists are often torn between conflicting priorities of intellectual independence, on the one hand, and meeting professional obligations towards their employers, on the other hand. Postdoctoral candidates are expected to develop an independent publication record, apply for external funding, create a distinct research profile, build a teaching portfolio, communicate their research, build a network, undertake research stays abroad, etc. etc. Which of these tasks are particularly important? What are the top priorities? How important is the habilitation? Which time frame is appropriate and compatible with my personal private priorities? Is an academic career what I really want?

The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to learning about and evaluating the various requirements for a long-term career in academia. Based on this, the participants will review their current academic profiles. Following this reflection, they will develop and specify their next goals and the major steps towards qualifying for a long-term academic career.