Prof. Dr. Ilona Ostner

Dept. Political Sociology and Social Policy, Institute of Sociology, Political Sociology and Sociology of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Georg-August-University, Göttingen
Born: 1947


Education and Employment

1974 Magister Artium (Sociology), University of Munich
1978 Dr. Phil., University of Munich
1974-1983 DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 101)
“Theoretische Grundlagen sozialwissenschaftlicher Berufs- und Arbeitskräfteforschung”
University of Munich (1978-1983 project group leader)
1983-1989 Professor (Sociology, Community Action Research)
Fulda University of Applied Sciences
1989 Habilitation (Sociology), Leibniz University Hanover
1989-1994 Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen
1990 Offer of Associate Professorship [C 3] (Sociology and Gender Studies)
University of Bochum (declined)
Since 1994 Professor of Comparative Social Policy [C 4], University of Goettingen


International experience

04-05/1992 Fellowship, University of Tampere, Finland
05/1994 Fellowship, Dept. of Economics and Social Science, University of Manchester, UK
11/2002 Fellowship, Dept. of Economics, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
Boards: Vice President of the European Sociological Association (2003-2005); German Sociological Association (2005-2009)
10/2009-06/2012 Part-time Professor, Institut für Staatswissenschaften, University of Vienna, Austria



Research (selection)

Coordinator of DFG Research Training Group (GRK 407)
“The Future of the European Social Model” (1997-2007)

05/2011-04/2014 Principal Investigator – International research project: PolChi Governing ‘new social risks’: The case of recent child policies in European welfare states. OPEN RESEARCH AREA IN EUROPE FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. ANR-DFG-ESRC-NOW (co-PIs: Mary Daly, Belfast, Trudie Knijn, Utrecht, Claude Martin, Rennes, associate Jane Lewis, LSE; co-PI Germany: Carina Marten, Göttingen), www.parentingresearch.eu


Editorial Service

Editorial board memberships: European Societies, The European Journal of Social Quality; Zeitschrift für Familienforschung (1999-), Zeitschrift für Soziologie (2000-2003)


Other Scientific Activities

Coordinator of DFG Research Training Group (GRK 407)
“The Future of the European Social Model” (1997-2007)
Boards: Vice President of the European Sociological Association (2003-2005); German Sociological Association (2005-2009)


Referee for

The British Academy
The Danish Council for Independent Research / Social Sciences
The Finnish Academy of Science
German Science Foundation
German Academic Exchange Service
Swiss National Science Foundation

Acta Sociologica
European Societies
European Sociological Review
International Journal of Ageing and Later Life
Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis
Journal of European Social Policy
Social Policy&Administration
Zeitschrift für Soziologie
Zeitschrift für Familienforschung