Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall, Professor, Head of Department ‘Dynamics of Inequality in Welfare Societies’, SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen; e-mail: [PhD supervisor and supervisor in several research projects at the CRC ‘Transformations of the State’ and Center of Social Policy Research, University of Bremen]

Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau, Professor, Chair of Macrosociology, Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; e-mail: [Principal Investigator and supervisor, NORFACE WelfSOC project]

Dr. Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); e-mail: [PhD support and sharing an interest in the finance-welfare nexus]

Prof. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Research Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent; e-mail: [Project Leader, NORFACE WelfSOC project]