Research topics and projects

The research in the working group focuses on the comparative analysis of education and social policy, the study of political causes and consequences of social inequality as well as research on individual attitudes and public opinion on the welfare state.

In ongoing research projects, we address the following questions: What are the consequences of rapid technological change (i.e. digitalization) in the world of work for the welfare state? How do individuals perceive inequality across different dimensions and what are the effects of these perceptions on political participation? What is the future for EU social policy and to what extent do policy-makers on the EU level take into citizens' demands for European social policy?

In past projects, we have studied how reform processes in education unfold and which role public opinion plays in these processes, whether there are institutional complementarities between education and social policy and how the political economy of institutional change in skill formation regime works. For publications from these projects, look here.