Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit 'neuen sozialen Risiken': das Beispiel aktueller Politik für Kinder in europäischen Wohlfahrtsstaaten

Prof. Ilona Ostner
Principal Investigator within the project

Education and Training
1989: Habilitation – venia legendi in sociology, University of Hanover.
1978: Dissertation in Sociology (Dr. phil.), University of Munich.
1974: Magister Artium (Sociology), University of Munich.

Work experience
Since 1994: Full professor of Comparative Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, Department II “Political Sociology and Social Policy”, University of Goettingen.
1989 – 1994: Full professor of Sociology, Gender & Welfare, University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Studies.
1983 – 1989: Professor of Sociology & Community Action Research Fulda Polytechnic, University of Applied Sciences.
1987 – 1983: Principal Investigator, DFG Collaborative Research Centre, University of Munich.
1974 – 1987: Researcher, DFG Collaborative Research Centre, University of Munich.

Summary of recent research
2009: ‘International Comparison of Benefit Pack-ages for Families with Young Children’. Family Benefit Package Data Collection. Coordinator Paul Kershaw. Human Early Learning Partner-ship, University of British Columbia, € 2,600.
2002 – 2005: ‘Welfare state and Employment in Times of Family Change’, Nor-dic Research Council Project, NOVA, Oslo, German sub-project, € 26,953.
2003 – 2005: ‘Attitudes towards flexicurity in times of labour market, family and social policy change’, Hans-Boeckler-Foundation, Düsseldorf (50% - cooperation with Steffen Kühnel), € 126,250.
1997 – 2007: Research Training Group (GRK 407), German Science Foundation, Bonn ‘The Future of the European Social Model’ (Chair) € 1,726,360.

International experience
2009 – 2011: Part-time Professor, Institut für Staatswissenschaften, University of Vienna, Austria.
2002: Scholarship, Dept. of Economics, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.
1994: Scholarship, Dept. of Economics and Social Science, University of Manchester, UK.
1992: Scholarship, University of Tampere, Finland.

Main publications for project
2010:

  • Journal of European Social Policy. Special Issue: Explaining Recent Shifts in Family Policy (eds M. Mätzke & I. Ostner), peer-reviewed, forthcoming [JESP 20 (5)]
    ‘Introduction: Change and Continuity in Recent Family Policies’. Journal of European Social Policy. Special Issue: Explaining Recent Shifts in Family Policy (eds Margitta Mätzke and Ilona Ostner), forthcoming [JESP 20 (5)] (with M. Mätzke).
  • ‘Farewell to the Family – Family Policy Reform in Germany’. From Bismarck to conservative universalism? The politics, problems, and prospects of the German welfare state (eds W. Lamping & F. W. Rüb). German Policy Studies (GPS). Special Issue forthcoming.
  • 2009:
  • ‚Auf den Anfang kommt es an – Anmerkungen zur Europäisierung des Aufwachsens kleiner Kinder’. Recht der Jugend und der Bildung (RdJB) 57 (1), 44-62.
  • 2008:
  • Family Policies in the Context of Family Change – The Nordic Countries in Comparative Perspective. (eds I. Ostner & Ch. Schmitt). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • ‘Patterns of Development in Work/Family Reconciliation Policies for Parents in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK in the 2000s’. Social Politics 15 (3), 261-286 (with T. Knijn, J. Lewis & C. Martin).
  • ‘The Meaning of Children in Dutch and German Family Policy’. Comparative Social Research 25, 79-110 (with T. Knijn).
  • 2007:
  • ‘Whose Children? Families and Children in ‚Activating’ Welfare States’, in Childhood, Generational Order and the Welfare State: Exploring Children’s Social and Economic Welfare. (eds H. Wintersberger, L. Alanen, T. Olk & J. Qvortrup). Volume 1 of COST A19: Children’s Welfare. Odense: University of Southern Denmark Press, 45-57.
  • 2004:
  • Wohlfahrtsstaat und Geschlechterverhältnis im Umbruch. Jahrbuch 7 des Zentrums für Europa- und Nordamerika-Studien. (eds S. Leitner, M. Schrat-zenstaller & I. Ostner). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  • 2002:
  • ‘Am Kind vorbei – Ideen und Interessen in der jüngeren Familienpolitik’. Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation 22 (3), 247-266.

  • Editorial Service / Editorial Board memberships
    European Societies (2002 – 2005), Zeitschrift für Familienforschung (1999 – ), Zeitschrift für Soziologie (2000 – 2003); Reihe Sozialpolitikforschung VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

    Boards
    Vice President European Sociological Association (2003 – 2005), German Sociological Association (2005 – 2009), Vice-Chair of Scientific Board of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, ZiF) (2009 – ).

    Other Scientific Activities
    Chair of DFG Research Training Group “The Future of the European Social Model” (1997 – 2007).

    Referee for
    The British Academy, The Finnish Academy of Science, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Volkswagen-Stiftung; Acta Sociologica, European Societies, European Sociological Review, Journal of European Social Policy (JESP), IJAL, ICPA, Social Policy&Administration, Zeitschrift für Familienforschung, Zeitschrift für Soziologie.