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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Microsociology

Current Term

The Microsociology department is excited to welcome the following visiting researchers: 

 

Bastian Betthäuser

@Nuffield College [Link]

Period: August 2019 - February 2021


Atypical employment and the Intergenerational Transmission of disadvantage: Britain and Germany in Comparative Perspective [Link]

Since the early 1990s, the incidence of atypical employment – fixed-term, part-time, low paid or flexible shift work – has increased markedly in many advanced economies. This includes but is not limited to the rise of the ‘gig economy’, i.e. the growing share of the economy that relies on work being performed through short-term contracts or freelancing. We currently lack a good understanding of whether, how and to what extent the negative consequences of atypical employment that are known to affect individuals in these kinds of employment conditions are further transmitted to the next generation, thus entrenching social disadvantage amongst this group and hampering social mobility. Our project aims to shed light on this question by bringing together two bodies of inquiry — research on social consequences of atypical employment and research on the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. Building on the theoretical and empirical advances in these two fields of research, we aim to establish the empirical associations between different types of atypical employment in the parental generation and the development and life chances of children.


Short CV
Academic and Visiting Positions
2018 - present

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College (University of Oxford)

2018 - present

Associate Member, Department of Social Policy & Intervention (University of Oxford)

2016 - 2017

The Oxford Student Think Tank (OxPolicy) – Research Director

2014 - 2016

Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP), University of Oxford – Research Assistant

 

Education
2017

DPhil Social Policy, University of Oxford

2012

MSc Comparative Social Policy, University of Oxford

2010

BA Political Economy, University of California, Berkeley

 
Research Interests
  • Social mobility of disadvantaged youth in Germany
  • Social origins, cognitive ability and educational attainment in Britain
  • Youth unemployment and social participation in Europe

 


Regina Werum

@University of Nebraska [Link]

Period: August 2019 - June 2020

 

Determinants of Parental Investments in Children in the US and in Germany [Link]

This project is a collaboration between Prof. Heike Trappe at the University of Rostock. Based on time use data for the years 2012 and 2013 surveyed in the US and Germany, we examine how different welfare state dynamics and economic conditions in both countries shape the way parents of minor children spend their time. Specifically, we plan to analyze how differentiated, gendered time use by couples and single parents relates to parental investments into children designed to shape their educational outcomes. The project’s main empirical goal is to improve our understanding of gendered  and social class reproduction dynamics from a comparative-international perspective. Moreover, the project will result in an innovative data set: To date, neither the American nor the German Time Use Surveys are (fully) integrated in the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS). Thus, harmonizing the samples and the activity schemes in both data sets constitutes a second key goal. Additionally, the project requires merging state-level economic and social policy data from several publically available sources with the MTUS data. Findings from this study will inform several related academic fields, such as sociology of education and labor markets, and will be of interest to experts in comparative social policy.

 

Short CV
Academic and Visiting Positions
2013 – present

Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

2013 – 2014

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of Research & Economic Development, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2010-2012

Program Director, Sociology, in the Division of Social & Economic Sciences, Directorate of Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington VA

1995 - 2012

Assistant and Associate Professor, Emory University

 

Education
1995

Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington (dual PhD in Sociology and American Studies)

1990

M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington (Sociology)

1988

B.A. Hope College, Holland, MI (Language/Arts, summa cum laude)

 

Research Interests
  • Sociology of Education
  • Stratification (race, gender, class)
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Movements

 


Zafer Büyükkeçeci

@Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Period: February 2019 - January 2020

 

Inequality, early adult life courses and economic outcomes at mid-life in comparative context (EQUALLIVES) [Link]

This innovative project adopts a holistic approach to understanding the dynamics of inequality across the life-course. We analyze how education, labor market and family choices interact to structure accumulated advantage and disadvantage over the life course. Using panel data from five EU countries for over 20 years and cutting-edge statistical methods, including multichannel sequence analysis, we take a comparative approach to exploring how cross-country economic and institutional differences affect inequality outcomes and life courses. Early adulthood is a crucial period of transition where people face multiple choices - about education, jobs, partnerships and childbearing – determining future life. We focus on key turning points, examine their interrelation and explore the cumulative impact on individual and group inequalities. Focusing on transitions during early adulthood, into education, jobs and family formation, we address the following project call themes: “Labor market and family trajectories and the growth of inequality,” “Early adult transitions into tertiary education, vocational training and economic activity” and “Early life influence and outcomes.”

 

Short CV
Academic and Visiting Positions
February 2019 - Present

Research assistant at Humboldt University

February 2017 - January 2019

Research assistant at Bamberg University

May 2015 - December 2016

Research assistant at Maastricht University (ROA)

 

Education
2014-2015

Master of Science in Sociology, Tilburg University

2013-2014

Research Master in Sociology and Demography, Pompeu Fabra University

2007-2013

BA in Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University

 

Research Interests
  • Family sociology
  • Demography
  • Social stratification and inequality
  • Life-course research