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Ruud Koopmans at the Jour Fixe of the SOCIUM.

On Monday, 14th November 2016, Ruud Koopmans from the Berlin Social Science Center, was a guest at the Jour Fixe lecture series of the SOCIUM. Koopmans reported on his recent study which included interviewing 7000 people in six European countries (France, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland). His result, a hotly debated topic: The problems of employment of Muslims and its lacking integration into the labor market have less to do with social discrimination but more with social and cultural factors.

First of all, Koopmans pointed out the lack of language skills, traditional religiously-defined values and fewer interethnic contacts, which complicate the participation in the labor market for Muslim immigrants in Europe. The most obvious is the labor market participation of Muslim women, where the traditional understanding of gender roles is opposed.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Céline Teney
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58644
E-Mail: celine.teney@uni-bremen.de

Keith Banting lecture in the Jour Fixe of the SOCIUM.

Until the 1990s Canada was a typical re-distributive welfare state unlike to its southerly neighbor. But ever since the 2000s, together with the USA and Switzerland, the country belongs to the countries least redistributing in the OEDC-world. Keith Banting from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario/Canada has not only proved a surprising development but he also offered an explanation: In the last 25 years, the redistribution of party political weights has, until recently, had the consequences that social inequality has not become an important topic of public interest.

Banting pointed out that in recent years liberals as well as conservatives and the new democratic social policy in a larger sense were defined as "protection of the middle class", which permitted all three to combine very different contents with such policies. Inequality was just one topic among many, so that the Canadian debate is much more diffuse than would be in the case of continental Europe.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Céline Teney
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58644
E-Mail: celine.teney@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Karin GottschallProf. Dr. Karin Gottschall
Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles introduces new measures to strengthen research activities on social policies and the Welfare state in Germany.

Around 30 percent of the GDP in Germany are produced or consumed by the welfare state. More than 40 percent of the federal budget is allocated to social policies. Nevertheless, due to a reduction in the number of professorships on social policy social scientific research on the welfare state is in decline. The “Network Promoting Interdisciplinary Research on Social Policy”, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, attempts to reverse this trend. Endowment chairs, promotion of young scholars, financial support for research activities – there is a broad spectrum of possible initiatives which will be supported by various sponsors already starting in 2017/18. The new-established interdisciplinary Advisory Board is primarily tasked with quality management.

In recent years various observers in Germany deplored the declining number and importance of social scientific research on the welfare state while at the same time the political, social and financial importance of social policies increased. Universities changed the designation of new chairs in social sciences. Research institutes realigned their focus. This leads to a major gap in research at a time when social and global developments result in pressing new questions regarding welfare and social justice. In February 2016 the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities organized a conference with sociologists, political scientists, economists, law scholars, historians as well as Christian social ethicists on the question of “Is there a Crisis of Social Policy Research?” in which several members of the SOCIUM participated. One result was the foundation of the “Network Promoting Interdisciplinary Research on Social Policy” based on a funding guideline of the Federal Ministry. The newly established Advisory Board convened on June 2nd, 2016 for its inaugural meeting and discussed funding for different types of research and networking. The program is to be announced by July 2016. Approved research proposals will commence in 2017/18.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58595
E-Mail: karin.gottschall@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Céline TeneyProf. Dr. Céline Teney
Sociologist receives most prestigious German award for young scholars.

The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, since 1977 jointly awarded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the German Federal Ministry of Ecucation and Research (BMBF), aims at young scholars pursuing excellent research and providing an independent academic record. Céline Teney has now become part of this illustrious circle. She is one of only ten scholars who have been awarded this honor on May 18th, 2016 in Berlin. Ms Teney works as a sociologist at the SOCIUM and is head of the cooperative junior research group focusing on “Winners of Globalization? A Study on the Emergence of a Transnational Elite in Europe”, funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

The international jury selected the ten laureates among 134 proposals. In the award statement the jury praises the wide scope of Ms Teney’s research as well as her application of various different analytical methods. Her research not only focuses on the highly topical questions of the acculturation of ethnic minorities in modern societies but also on issues of transnationalization of elites and other social groups. Moreover, she works on the explanation of recent electoral successes of right-wing extremist parties, among them the German NPD. The prize is endowed with 20,000 euros.

Céline Teney studied sociology and ethnology at the university in Freiburg i.Br., obtained her PhD in social and political sciences in Brussels  and then held positions as a research fellow in Brussels, at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University before she joined the faculty at the University of Bremen in 2014.

Further information:
Press release of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: Ten Researchers to Receive Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes
forschung - Das Magazin der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft 1/2016: Hohes Potenzial und herausragende Leistungen, 2016/1, pp. 26-27 (in German)


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Céline Teney
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58644
E-Mail: celine.teney@uni-bremen.de