With its Jour Fixe-Presentations, which include reports on results and progress of research, the SOCIUM offers the wider public a regional discussion forum on issues of social inequality and social policy.

Additionally, every semester scholars and practitioners with professional backgrounds are invited to the SOCIUM in order to analyze questions on health economics and health policies. These lectures of the Colloquium on Health Policy (Gesundheitspolitisches Kolloquium) are also open to the public.

Established to strengthen the University’s high-profile area Social sciences the bridge professorship “Qualitative Methods and Microsociology” offers lectures and international workshops on Mixed Methods, Social Network Analysis and Comparative Methods.

The SOCIUM also organizes a variety of conferences, lectures and workshops to present and discuss recent societal developments regarding inequality and social policy research.

23.09.2019 - 24.09.2019Conference

Social and Environmental Sustainability as Preventive Social Policy

SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
House of Science
Sandstraße 4/5
28195 Bremen
Monday, 23.9.2019, 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 24.9.2019, 9:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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The ‘social investment state’, ‘activation’ and ‘prevention’ have been central programmatic concepts of the last two decades. In view of the marked inequalities in our societies and the consequences of climate change, which are now visible to all, the attention of social policy research must now be drawn to a different issue: What does a socially and ecologically sustainable social policy look like? A first definition will serve as a basis for the conference: A socially sustainable welfare state can be understood as a state which actively prevents the emergence of inequality and poverty. And an ecologically sustainable welfare state is based on a set of integrated climate, energy and social policies that does not allow new social inequalities to emerge from the fundamental transformation of energy systems.

Social policy research has not yet dealt intensively with the question of sustainability and the interdependencies between energy policy, climate policy and social policy. Thus, the conference is a prelude to an expanded understanding of the tasks of this research area.

In the first part of the conference, the idea of a sustainable social policy will primarily be related to recent developments in German social policy. The second day will focus on international comparative research perspectives and theoretical questions. Therefore, lectures and discussions will be held in German on the first day and in English on the second day.

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29.01.2020 - 29.01.2020Lecture

Opening a Black Box. Brokering Agencies in the Evolving Market for Live-in Migrant Care Work in Germany and Austria

Prof. Dr. Simone Leiber (University of Duisburg-Essen)
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Sommerville-Str. 3
28359 Bremen
2 pm ct
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
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Jour Fixe
WiSe 2019/20