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The Special Issue of the WSI-Mitteilungen was edited by the members of the working group "Social, Cultural and Economic Inequalities".

The working group "Social, Cultural and Economic Inequalities" edited the Special Issue 5/2018 "Dynamics of Inequality". The issue includes a variety of articles, discussion pieces concerning status competition and social segregation, right-wing populism, global inequalities, wealth and income inequality, taxation and many more.
The special issue was published on October 1st by Nomos and can be purchased and downloaded as of now.

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WSI Mitteilungen Ausgabe 05/2018

More information:
Working group "Social, Cultural and Economic Inequalities"


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-66440
E-Mail: olaf.grohsamberg@uni-bremen.de

Research Commission of the Academic Senate sees all goals for the creation of the SOCIUM fulfilled.

The second item on the agenda of the Academic Senate on June 6th, 2018 entailed an important decision for the Social Sciences in Bremen: the continuation of the SOCIUM as a central research facility of the University. The SOCIUM had prepared a 400 page report of its work and achievements for the years 2015 to 2017. Based on this documentation the Research Commission of the Senate recommended without hesitation or reservations the extension of time frame for the research of the SOCIUM for another five years.

The Senate followed this recommendation unanimously. The question of the Rector whether the SOCIUM fulfilled all the goals envisioned at its creation was emphatically answered in the affirmative by the Chairman of the Research Commission. Hence, the institutional foundation of the SOCIUM is secured till the end of 2022.

As a central research facility of the university SOCIUM is an independent center under direct supervision of the Executive Board of the University. It coordinates all the social science research on inequality and social policy. It comprises of researchers from sociology, political science and health sciences. Around 100 mostly junior researchers work in approximately three dozen research projects. The total sum of external research financing reached 3.7 Mio. euros in 2017. 9 of the 15 research projects of the new Collaborative Research Center 1342 Global Dynamics of Social Policy are headed by senior researchers from the SOCIUM. SOCIUM not only reflects the core of the excellent social science research in Bremen but also offers the institutional basis for the development of new research ideas.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Sigrid LupieriSigrid Lupieri
Lupieri is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and will stay in Bremen for three months, collaborating with the SOCIUM and the CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy".

Thanks to the generous support of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grant, we are delighted to be hosting Sigrid Lupieri at the CRC and SOCIUM as a guest researcher for the period of 01 September to 30 November 2018. As a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, her research analyses the factors influencing the allocation of health care resources to older Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Ms. Lupieri's previous experience includes working at UNESCO and UNDP in New Delhi and New York, as well as several years as a journalist in Armenia, Georgia, Germany and the U.S. She holds master’s degrees in journalism (Northwestern University) and modern European history (University of Cambridge), and a BA in foreign languages and literatures from the University of Udine, Italy. During her stay at our center, Ms. Lupieri will be working in close collaboration with the A04 project "Global developments in health care systems and long-term care services".


Contact:
Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58561
E-Mail: frisina@uni-bremen.de

 Funding Atlas 2018 - German Research Foundations Funding Atlas 2018 - German Research Foundations
Political Science and Sociology No. 4 in acquiring research grants of the German Research Foundation.

The recently published Funding Atlas 2018 of the German Research Foundations contains interesting numbers for Bremen. If one browses to page 111 one can discover that between 2014 and 2016 the German research Foundation has granted 9.9 Mio euros to sociology and political science in Bremen. Only the Freie Universität Berlin (15,6 Mio. euros), the University of Mannheim (13,8 Mio euros) and the University of Bielefeld (11,2 Mio euros) received more research grants.

These numbers already document the excellent research accomplishments of the social sciences in Bremen. But they become even more outstanding if one takes into account that the years between 2014 and 2016 are mostly the years between the regular end of the funding for the Collaborative Research Center on the Transformations of the State in December of 2014 and the beginning of the funding for the new Collaborative Research Center on Global Dynamics of Social Policy since January 2018. Even without Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation the University of Bremen belongs to the top social science research universities in Germany.

9.9 Mio. euros between 2014 and 2016 translate into approximately 160 full-time employment years for young researchers. Obviously, even social sciences directly create employment here in Bremen. The 25 Mio. euros which the Collaborative Research Center on the Transformations of the State attracted between 2003 and 2014 add another 400 full-time employment years. And the 11 Mio. euros of the new Collaborative Research Center on Global Dynamics of Social Policy for the first four years (2018 to 2021) correspond to further 180 employment years.

The German research Foundation is funded by the Federal and the State governments and awards its grants in a competitive process based on external peer review of the applications. Only approximately a third of the applications are successful. Together with the funds for the Excellence Initiative these research grants entail Collaborative Research Centers, Research Units, Independent Junior Research Groups, Research Training Groups and individual research grants. In 2017 the budget of the German Research Foundations amounted to 3 bn. euros.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

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First Study on new Cannabis Medicines and their use presented in Berlin on May 17th, 2018.

Since March 2017, the prescription of cannabis at the expense of statutory health funds has been possible, although studies on the efficacy and safety of cannabis medicines are fragmentary. The Cannabis Report was drawn up by the University of Bremen, with the support of the TK, in order to be better able to assess cannabis as a therapy option for various diseases. Preliminary representative data on prescribed cannabis shed light on actual outcomes and contribute towards an objective debate over this new medicine.

In principle, cannabis treatment is assessed as positive, although in comparison to most proven therapies it is not a good alternative. In isolated cases, however, cannabis medicine does help patients.

This is one of the outcomes of the Cannabis Report presented on 17th May 2018 in Berlin. 

Further information:
Gerd Glaeske/Kristin Sauer, Cannabis Report, 2018
Presentation at the Press Conference Cannabis Report, May 17, 2018, Berlin 


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Simone SchergerProf. Dr. Simone Scherger
Simone Scherger member of the Commission "Verlässlicher Generationenvertrag" ("Reliable generational contract").

In their coalition contract, the parties of the governing Grand Coalition had agreed upon establishing a governmental commission on pensions. It consists of representatives of employers and trade unions, of members of the Bundestag and academic experts. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs now has appointed this commission consisting of ten members. Simone Scherger from SOCIUM is one of these members.

The aim of the commission is, according to the federal government, to ensure that the German pension system is organized in a just and reliable way for all generations. To this end, it is necessary to ascertain its sustainability and further development with regard to the statutory pension insurance as well as the second and third pension pillars - occupational  and private pensions. In the two years to come, the commission is tasked to develop corresponding political options for the years after 2025. On May 3rd, 2018, Federal Minister Hubertus Heil officially appointed the members of the commission. They will start their work in June.

Among the three academic members, Simone Scherger is the only sociologist. Since April 2018 she has been Professor of Sociology with a special focus on social policy and the life course. The professorship is an endowed chair supported by the "Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitik" of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. In her research, Simone Scherger focuses on the relationship between life courses and social policies. Concrete topics are, for example, the social risks of atypical employment and new family forms, as well as the effects of social policy reforms (for example in the areas of pensions or employment) on individual life courses. Simone Scherger is especially interested in how specific groups - like women, migrants, people partially incapacitated for work, or free lancers and small self-employed - cope with social risks in their daily life styles and biographical decisions. From 2010 to 2017, Simone Scherger was head of the Emmy Noether research group on "Paid employment beyond pension age in Germany and the UK".


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Simone Scherger
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58569
E-Mail: simone.scherger@uni-bremen.de