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22.02.2019

Poor Germany?

Soziopolis publishes extensive report on Stephan-Leibfried-Workshop of SOCIUM.

The social science internet platform Soziopolis published an extensive report by the journalist Frauke Hamann on the Stephan-Leibfried-Workshop on Poverty and Poverty-Relief Policies which took place on February 1st, 2019 at the Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen (in German).

More information: Soziopolis - Gesellschaft beobachten


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

Prof. Dr. Heinz RothgangProf. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
Heinz Rothgang member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center of Gerontology.

One of the mostly overlooked benefits of research centers at universities is their ability to consult and advise political or politics-related institutions. Via this consultation recent research finds its way directly into policy making or administration. Heinz Rothgang, Professor of Health Economics at SOCIUM, recently was appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center of Gerontology for the next four years.

The German Center of Gerontology is one of the so called Ressortforschungseinrichtungen (ministerial research facilities) of the federal government and is part of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It focuses on three core activities: collection and public dissemination of important data on demography and gerontology, research on gerontological questions and especially consulting of the Ministry and the Federal Government on demographical change and policies concerning senior citizens. This entails a broad spectrum of issues from work and pension, health, care, family situations, social relations as well as social participation of senior citizens.

The Scientific Advisory Board of the German center of Gerontology consists of nine professors mostly from social scientific faculties. They consult the Center and participate in guiding its research.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier, Anja Stahmann.From left to right: Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier, Anja Stahmann.
Minister of Social Affairs and SOCIUM intensify cooperation.

Shortly before Christmas, the Minister of Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport of the state of Bremen, Anja Stahmann, and the Speaker of SOCIUM, Frank Nullmeier, signed a cooperation agreement which establishes a new foundation for the cooperation of the state administration and the research center. The agreement entails not only regular meetings but also research projects directly intended to profit daily politics and administrative practice.

The cooperation agreement also entails the support of the teaching curriculum of the University of Bremen by offering internships in the administration, advanced training of administrative staff by the experts of the SOCIUM, cooperation on public events and consulting based on social scientific research on welfare state policies. A core aspect of the agreement features a mutual exchange of information on existing data sets. As far as on data protection grounds legally possible these data sets will be used in research projects on social policy and inequality studies in order to improve the evidence based policies and implementation approaches of social policies in the state of Bremen.

The signing of the agreement commenced on December 19th, 2018 at the Ministry of Social Affairs of Bremen. In the small celebration participated the Minister, Anja Strahman, the State Secretary, Jan Fries, the Team of speakers of SOCIUM, Frank Nullmeier and Betina Hollstein as well as the director of the department on health, long-term care and pensions, Heinz Rothgang.


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

German Research Foundation supports establishment of a division for anthropological research data

The grant is part of the Specialised Information Service Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA), managed by the University Library of the Humboldt Universitaet Berlin and QUALISERVICE at Bremen University. One of the aims of FID SKA is to establish QUALISERVICE as a repository also for qualitative ethnographic research data such as audio and video data, field notes and observation protocols offering an adequate solution for the complex archiving requirements of the sometimes highly sensitive research data throughout Germany. Thus, researchers will obtain a reliable source to archive and request ethnological research data for secondary use in research and teaching.

Since 2018 the German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the implementation of QUALISERVICE as a national data service center for social science qualitative research data. Previously QUALISERVICE focused on qualitative interview data. With the new grant the scope will cover the full range of qualitative social science research data.

QUALISERVICE is located at SOCIUM and is headed by Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein. Archiving is organized together with PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science and the State and University Library Bremen (SuUB). Besides, a coordinated archiving and representation of mixed methods studies will be created together with GESIS – Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.

More information:
Specialised Information Service Social and Cultural Anthropology


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58512
E-Mail: betina.hollstein@uni-bremen.de

Cover Cover "Longer better living."-Book (in German)
Prevention recommendations implemented in everyday life.

The EPIC study, a long-term 13-year study of 20,000 participants in Norfolk, which showed the positive effects of four different health behaviors, forms the basis of this publication. Sufficient exercise, abstinence from smoking, five servings of vegetables and fruit per day, and limited alcohol consumption resulted in a life-time gain of up to 14 years. In order to facilitate the implementation of these rules in everyday life instructions, tips and evidence-based expert advice have been compiled here (in German).

Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske and Friederike Höfel from the "Longer better living."-Institute, which is dedicated to the implementation of these prevention goals, published this book together with Friedrich Schütte and Jörg Nielaczny of the BKK24.

More information about publication: Glaeske, Gerd; Höfel, Friederike; Schütte, Friedrich; Nielaczny, Jörg (Ed.), 2019: "Länger besser leben." Für eine bessere Gesundheit und mehr Wohlbefinden, "Länger besser leben."-Institut, BKK24, Bremen, Obernkirchen: Selbstverlag


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

Dipl.-Soz. Friederike Höfel
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58520
E-Mail: fhoefel@uni-bremen.de

Lara MinkusLara Minkus
Result of a Study Coauthored by the Sociologist Lara Minkus of SOCIUM together with to Colleagues from Florence and Magdeburg.

The study asks if and how the public support of the European Union among Europeans has been changed by the election of Donald Trump. The result: The Europeans have a more positive opinion on the EU - and interestingly enough mostly people who consider themselves on the political right. In order to be able to tackle this attitudinal dynamic the authors of the study used the fact that by chance the US presidential elections took place right in the middle of a polling for the Eurobarometer. Eurobarometer is the instrument with which the European Commission regularly polls the public opinion of the EU citizens. This happened also in November 2016. Approximately half of the interviews were conducted prior to the US elections, the other half afterwards. "Because the election of Trump was such a surprise and the date of the interviews prior or after the elections was randomly assigned to the persons and did not correspond to any political opinions of the people interviewed the situation in 2016 approximated a so called natural experiment" says author Lara Minkus. Together with the sociologist Emanuel Deutschmann (European University Institute, Florence) and Jan Delhey, Professor of Macrosociology at the University of Magdeburg Ms Minkus concluded that and change in support for the EU after the US Election must be a "Trump effect".

More support for the EU on the political right

After the election of Trump the EU gets more support from its citizens. But this increase in support shows an unequal distribution if one correlates it with political orientation. It becomes obvious that this Trump effect is especially measurable on the right side of the political spectrum. The political support for the EU also increase in the center and the left side of the political spectrum. But this increase is still in the margin of statistical error. The question of what motivates especially people on the political right to increase their support is open to speculation. The most plausible answer might be the idea that the US elections arouse the hopes that the EU could finally be transferred into some kind of "Europe of the Nations" which would isolate itself against the outside and follow a more protectionist power perspective, says Lara Minkus. "Whether this 'Trump effect' on the right wing was only a short term issue or leads to long term change will be seen after the elections of the European Parliament in May of next year."

More information:
Minkus, Lara; Deutschmann, Emanuel; Delhey, Jan, 2019: A Trump Effect on the EU’s Popularity? The U.S. Presidential Election as a Natural Experiment, in: Perspectives on Politics, online-first, S. 1 - 18, doi:10.1017/S1537592718003262


Contact:
Lara Minkus
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58536
E-Mail: lminkus@uni-bremen.de