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Deutsches Institut für Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung (DIFIS) nimmt Arbeit auf


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

Dr. Nikolas DörrDr. Nikolas Dörr
The funding will be used to host the two-day Hermann Weber Conference entitled “’In the Cold War, the Battalions of Better Social Benefits Decide’ – The Relationship between Communism and Social Policy from 1945 to the Present”.

Dr. Nikolas Dörr, principal investigator at SOCIUM, has received a grant from the Gerda-und-Hermann-Weber-Foundation to host the Hermann Weber Conference on Historical Communism Research in 2022. The conference, funded with 20,000 euros, will combine Cold War Studies, Communism Studies, and Historical Welfare State Research. The grant includes co-editing the conference papers in an issue of the prestigious Yearbook for Historical Communist Studies.

During the 1953 Bundestag election campaign, SPD member Ludwig Preller coined the pithy phrase: “In the Cold War, in particular, the battalions of better welfare benefits decide.” He was thus referring to a topic that was of outstanding importance to communism. The promise of the elimination of social inequalities played a central role in the seizure of power by communist parties in the 20th century: e.g. Russia in 1917, China in 1949, Cuba in 1959 or Vietnam in 1975. This represented a massive challenge in the Cold War for the West. In addition to economic and military power, demonstrating the superiority of the welfare system was therefore of great importance.

The first part of the interdisciplinary conference will be devoted to the question: What role did social policy play during the Cold War? Continuing the concept of “asymmetrically intertwined parallel history” (Christoph Kleßmann), social policy developments in West and East will be analyzed not as separate, but as continuously interrelated and mutually reciprocal. In a second part, the conference will focus on the transformation period from 1989 onwards and its consequences that continue to this day.

The Hermann Weber-conference series preserves the memory of the historian Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hermann Weber (1928–2014) who set standards in the field of Labor History, Communism and Cold War studies.

Further information about the Gerda and Hermann Weber Foundation: https://www.bundesstiftung-aufarbeitung.de/de/stiftung/gerda-und-hermann-weber-stiftung


Contact:
Dr. Nikolas Dörr
SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Strasse 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58645
E-Mail: doerr@uni-bremen.de

Dr. Ruth Abramowski als Sachverständige bei Anhörung im Deutschen Bundestag


Contact:
Dr. Ruth Abramowski
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58550
E-Mail: ruth.abramowski@uni-bremen.de

Die Soziologin Dr. Sonja Bastin vom SOCIUM der Universität Bremen ist als „Bremer Frau des Jahres 2021“ ausgezeichnet worden.


Contact:
Dr. Sonja Bastin
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-66385
E-Mail: sbastin@bigsss-bremen.de

Health care research with secondary data: Report on cannabis-containing medicines based on prescriptions from BKK Mobil presented in an online press conference.


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

Apotheker Lutz Muth
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58530
E-Mail: lmuth@uni-bremen.de

Die Universität Bremen baut gemeinsam mit der Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE) ein Institut für Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung auf

Gefördert wird die neue Einrichtung vom Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) mit 8 Millionen Euro über fünf Jahre. Die Eröffnung ist am 1. April 2021.

„Gute Politik ist angewiesen auf engagierte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, die weitsichtig und mit analytischer Tiefe Veränderungen erkennen und deren Auswirkungen unabhängig beschreiben“, erläutert Frank Nullmeier vom SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik der Universität Bremen und Leiter der Bremer Abteilung des neuen Instituts. „Die fundierte Analyse von aktuellen Veränderungen in Gesellschaft und Arbeitswelt und deren Auswirkungen auf bestehende sozialstaatliche beziehungsweise sozialpolitische Arrangements ist unabdingbar für einen informierten sozialpolitischen Diskurs.“

Stärkung der Sozialpolitik- und Ungleichheitsforschung

Zu den Kernaufgaben des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung gehört daher, zu den Zukunftsthemen der Sozialpolitik zu forschen und den Transfer zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis zu fördern. lfristig Darüber hinaus soll die Einrichtung die inhaltliche Vernetzung und Koordinierung des seit 2016 bestehenden Fördernetzwerks Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung (FIS) übernehmen.

Jutta Günther, Konrektorin für Forschung, wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs und Transfer, gratuliert: „Die Bremer Beteiligung am aufzubauenden Institut für Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung ist eine große Auszeichnung für die beteiligten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Bremen und insbesondere des SOCIUM. Es stärkt die angewandte Sozialpolitik- und Ungleichheitsforschung an der Universität Bremen sowie den Transfer wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse in die Politikberatung.“

Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung

Mit dem Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung (FIS) stärkt das Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS) die Forschung und Nachwuchsförderung im Bereich der Sozialpolitik an deutschen Hochschulen. Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sollen sich im Feld der Sozialpolitikforschung etablieren können, die jeweiligen Hochschulen im Bereich der Sozialpolitik- und Sozialrechtsforschung Strukturen ausbauen bzw. neu bilden können.

Weitere Informationen:
www.fis-netzwerk.de


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

Due to the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic the Colloquium on Health Policy is cancelled in winter semester 2020/21 and also in summer semester 2021

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Citizen Science-Projekt startet unter Beteiligung des SOCIUM

Das Bundesforschungsministerium hat die Förderung 15 neuer Projekte im Bereich Citizen Science bekanntgegeben. Über eine Laufzeit von bis zu vier Jahren werden Projekte gefördert, in denen Bürger:innen selbst zu Forschenden werden, indem sie ihre Expertise und ihr Erfahrungswissen einbringen. Dabei wird wechselseitig das Verhältnis von Forschungssubjekt und Forschungsobjekt erneuert, indem die Bürger:innen aus erster Hand erfahren, wie Wissenschaft funktioniert und die Wissenschaft Zugang zu neuen Ideen, Perspektiven und Daten erhält.
Im Verbundprojekt Be_WIZZARD ist das SOCIUM unter der Koordination der Kreisvolkshochschule Ammerland als wissenschaftlicher Partner beteiligt. Bis Ende 2024 werden Senior:innen im Ammerland in die Erforschung von Gelingensbedingungen guter Pflege einbezogen. Ausgangspunkt ist dabei die Vertrautheit mit lokalen Strukturen und Problemlagen, aus denen die konkreten Forschungsprojekte abgeleitet werden. Im Ergebnis sollen so die regionalen Gelingensbedingungen guter Pflege partizipativ erforscht werden, um daraus Handlungsempfehlungen für die politischen Akteure abzuleiten.


Contact:
Thomas Kalwitzki
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58544
E-Mail: thomas.kalwitzki@uni-bremen.de

Research team at SOCIUM presents BARMER Long-Term Care Report 2020

This year's BARMER Long-Term Care Report was presented today at the Conference Centre of the Federal Press Conference House in Berlin. The Report focuses this year on the analysis of stress and health status among care workers. The working time of 26,000 care workers was lost in the year 2017 due to an above-average disease burden. The Report discusses current long-term care policy with regard to the ongoing care crisis – particularly in the light of additional burdens brought on by the Corona pandemic. The authors – Professor Dr. Heinz Rothgang, Dr. Rolf Müller and Benedikt Preuß – carried out in-depth studies of case numbers, incidences, prevalences and long-term care trajectories. The figures are based primarily on the long-term care statistics for the year 2017 provided by the Federal Office of Statistics as well as routine claims data of the BARMER health insurance fund.

Workload considerably heavier in long-term care

Workloads have increased considerably in many respects for care workers. Around 92 per cent of geriatric care workers report that they often carry out their work standing up (cf. 47 per cent reported in other occupations). Seventy-six per cent of geriatric care workers report having to frequently lift and carry heavy weights (as against 15 per cent in other occupations). Working in forced postures is reported significantly more frequently (45 percent as compared to 11 per cent). Fifty-two per cent of geriatric carers report that they often have to comply with rules relating to minimum performance or stipulated times for carrying out specific tasks (as against 27 per cent in other occupations). Other pressures include frequent deadline and performance pressures (reported by 63 per cent compared to 50 per cent in other occupations); frequently having to work very quickly is reported by 53 per cent (cf. 39 per cent), and 31 per cent of geriatric care workers claim that they frequently reach the limits of their endurance (as against 16 per cent in other occupations). All these burdens are also reported to be stressful more frequently by care workers than by workers in other occupations.

Poorer Health Status among Care Workers

Correspondingly, care workers are found to be altogether in poorer health than workers in other occupations. This correlation is shown by all measurement methods used. Survey results, the analysis of outpatient diagnoses, absence rates, prescriptions and hospitalisation figures all show that care workers are more seriously affected by musculoskeletal, psychic and behavioural disorders. Though in many areas the workload is similar for qualified and for auxiliary geriatric care workers, the health status of auxiliary workers is poorer than among qualified care workers.

Very high absence rates through illness among care workers

Sickness rates stood at 7.2 per cent in 2017 among qualified geriatric care workers, and as high as 8.7 per cent among auxiliary carers; in other occupations, the sickness rate was 5.0 per cent.  The above-average working time lost through sickness is calculated by multiplying the difference in sickness rates by the number of care workers. This surplus work time lost amounts to the working time of well over 24,000 care workers in the year 2017.
On average, within the year 2017 3.9 out of 1,000 geriatric care workers and six out of 1,000 auxiliary workers are granted disability pensions, while the rate among other occupations is three per 1,000. The above-average early retirement rates led to a loss of almost 2,000 care workers in 2017. The aggregate of above-aberage sickness-related absence times and the above-average entry into disability retirement pensions corresponds to the working time of 26,000 care workers lost in 2017 alone.

There is no alternative but to hire more staff

Current employment figures in care work are inadequate to ensure both professional care and salubrious working conditions. The work intensification arising out of this leads to an excessive workload and negative health effects for employees. This situation generates increased absence through sickness, and more people changing occupations, which in turn aggravates the care crisis. The vicious circle is complete when the remaining care workers are burdened with an even greater workload. This vicious circle has to be broken to ensure sustainable, quality-assured care work – and it can only be broken by employing more staff.

Downloads (all in German only):
BARMER Care Report 2020
Statement by Prof. Rothgang at the Press Conference
PresentatIon given by Prof. Rothgang at the Press Conference



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

Dr. rer. pol. Rolf Müller
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58554
E-Mail: rmint@uni-bremen.de

Heinz Rothgang als Sachverständiger bei Anhörung zum Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Gesundheitsversorgung und Pflege


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