I am the Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. The WSI is an independent academic institute within the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, a non-profit organisation fostering co-determination and promoting research and academic study on behalf of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).
I am also Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (on leave). From 2009 until 2012 I was Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. I studied political science, economics and law in Bonn and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1996, I joined the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, obtained my Phd in 1998 and completed my postdoctoral lecture qualification in 2003.
In 2003/2004, I worked for the Planning Department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (BMWA) and then joined the Jacobs University Bremen as Professor of Sociology. I received Fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Volkswagen Stiftung, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Hans Böckler Stiftung. In 2012/13, I served as an Expert Member of the Enquete Commission of the German Federal Parliament on “Growth, Wealth, Quality of Life”.
I have written extensively about the transformation of the German political economy in a comparative perspective and the role of labour market institutions in the Eurozone.
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