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The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” is recruiting: 6 student research assistants for the project "The global development, diffusion and transformation of education systems."

The DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" is recruiting students in the project A05 "The global development, diffusion and transformation of educational systems" to work as

student research assistants (30h per month).

A total of 6 positions are to be staffed. The starting date is June 15, 2018. The students will be employed for a period of three months, possibly longer.

The main task is to support the data collection within the quantitative part of the project. Documents and country reports provide historical and up-to-date information on education systems in over 160 countries. Interest in or even previous knowledge in the field of educational sociology or policy as well as globalisation is desired, but not a condition. The same applies to knowledge in quantitative methods and network research. Knowledge of languages such as French or Spanish is also desirable.

We offer an insight into an interesting field of work and a friendly team.

Remuneration is based on the usual rates for student research assistants at the University of Bremen.

The application should include a short curriculum vitae and the main focus or interests of the applicant. A current excerpt of the transcripts of records should also be enclosed.

The deadline for applications is 01 June 2018 and applications should be sent by email to
Fabian Besche (
and Helen Seitzer (

Oleksandra Betliy, external country expert of the SFB 1342, has published her analysis of the Ukrainian pension reform in Ukraine-Analysen. Betliy concludes that further reforms of the judicial and financial systems are necessary.

The average pension in Ukraine is one of the lowest in Europe, while state pension obligations are very high in relation to GDP. In the past 15 years there have been several reforms of the deficient Ukrainian pension system, the most recent in October 2017.

Oleksandra Betliy works as an external country expert for the CRC "Global Dynamics of Social Policy" and has analysed the pension reforms in Ukraine. She has published her results in the current issue of Ukraine-Analysen. She concludes that the reform approaches are promising, but that long-term success will depend on economic growth and reforms of the judicial and financial market systems.

Oleksandra Betliy has been a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting in Kiev since 2002. Her research interests include fiscal policy and tax forecasts as well as social issues, including health and labour market policy. As a country expert at the CRC 1342, she cooperates primarily with project B06 "External reform models and internal debates on the new conceptualisation of social policy in the post-Soviet region".

The Ukraine-Analysen are published jointly by the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Association for East European Studies, the German Poland Institute, the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies and the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies.

Kressen ThyenKressen Thyen
After her graduation Kressen Thyen has worked as consultant for UN programmes and other projects before she returned to science. In an interview she talks about her career path and her role in project B09.


When did you know you wanted to be a scientist?

It was more of a process for me. I have always been interested in research and immersed myself right at the beginning of my studies of social sciences in Berlin in both theory and seminars on empirical social research. At the same time I had a strong desire to change things: I was already politically engaged at school. When I did my Master's degree at the Sciences Po in Paris, I declined the offer to do my PhD and took up a job: I had already started working as a consultant for UNESCO parallel to my Master's degree ...

... what was that work about?

Educational initiatives in West and East Africa. With a scholarship from the Carlo Schmid Programme, I then went to the UNHCR in Morocco and subsequently worked in Rabat on a project aimed at establishing a private university for political science: today's Ecole de Gouvernance et d'Economie. I did that for two and a half years. During this time, I had a lot of contact with professors from various countries and at some point I thought: If I wanted to go into science, it would be now or never. That was when I finally decided to do my PhD.

But what gripped you so much that you wanted to leave your previous career, in which you did exciting things, and go to university?

I always felt like I had one foot here and one foot there. In the meantime, I had already considered switching back to science several times. But my ideas had to mature a little. When I realized exactly what I wanted to work on, I quit my job in Morocco and wrote my proposal ...

You quit before you got your PhD position?

Yes, I needed time to write the proposal and apply. You don't just do something like that parallel to a full position. I then contacted a professor in Tübingen with the draft and worked with him to develop a project proposal for the Volkswagen Foundation. We got funded and so the project and PhD started in 2012. I received my degree for my work on the topic "Legitimacy in Contention: Arab Autocracies, Youth Protest and the European Union", more precisely on questions of political legitimacy from the perspective of three central actors during the 2011 protests in the region.

You said earlier that even as a schoolgirl you were politically engaged. What were your topics?

The usual end of the nineties: protests against the right wing organisations and ideas, questions of asylum and refugees. I supported church asylum and was also briefly with the Left Youth Lübeck (laughs).

Are you still politically engaged?

Not regularly at the moment, but I have offered activities in the field of political education or given public lectures from time to time. I've been on the road too much in the last few years and I've moved too much to get involved in one place. In Berlin, like many others, I helped in the camps for refugees at the beginning of the wave of refugees coming to Germany. But that was only limited.

Now you came to Bremen. What is your role in the CRC?

Our project, led by Klaus Schlichte and Alex Veit, deals with the rise, decay and renaissance of social policy in Africa. Six cases are compared, including two North African cases. My task will be to examine the developments and mechanisms that we have identified using Tunisia as an example. The whole project is very empirical, so we will spend a lot of time in the countries.

How do you proceed in these countries, how do you collect your data?

We will talk to different groups of actors. In Tunisia these will be experts, representatives from ministries, trade unions and civil society. We also want to develop a historical view, which is why archive work is also part of the project. We will examine what has been adopted from the first broad guidelines of social policy already introduced in colonial rule and what has changed in the course of the formation of states and in confrontation with various social groups. And the consequences of external influences, e.g. structural adjustment measures. In the case of Tunisia, it will also be interesting to see whether the transition from autocracy to democracy has meant that social demands can now be asserted more strongly.

You travel a lot in North Africa. Why this research focus?

My focus on North Africa has evolved only after my studies. Apart from the fact that I enjoy travelling and do travel a lot, I have long been interested in the consequences of international and especially European interference in other areas. In addition, as I said, I was concerned early on with the issues of migration and asylum and, in this context, questions of authoritarian rule. The latter is certainly also based on my interest in German history. I had learned Arabic during my studies, but my specialisation in North Africa did not actually develop until I lived and worked in Morocco for a long time.

Ali Hamandi of Harvard University spoke at a joint event of CRC 1342 and SOCIUM about the political efforts in the US to provide more long-term care services at the homes of care recipients.

On the 23rd of April 2018, the CRC 1342 and SOCIUM were delighted to host a talk, “Long-Term Care in the US: Lessons to be learned,” by Ali Hamandi, a Trudeau Foundation Scholar and Ph.D. student at Harvard University. In addition to providing a comprehensive overview that helped to shed light on a highly fragmented and complex system of services, programmes, and financing schemes in place within and across the 50 US states, Mr. Hamandi’s talk addressed the growing interest in American policy discourse in “rebalancing” care for the elderly and/or disabled away from the institutional setting and more toward home care based services (HCBS).

In light of the constraints on autonomy and high costs associated with institutional care, greater investment in HCBS is generally preferred by care recipients and is also increasingly regarded as a civil rights issue amongst advocates for the elderly and disabled. Thus far, financing and provision for HCBS is mainly confined to the states’ Medicaid programmes, thereby restricting access to care for only those elderly and/or disabled that qualify under means testing. Hence the issue of unmet needs despite rebalancing efforts remains an ongoing challenge in the US.

In his talk, Mr. Hamandi raised a series of questions regarding the lack of evidence on the cost-effectiveness of care arrangements within the home, as well as the challenges for states with older and sicker populations for whom institutional care may not be avoided and even preferred. Mr. Hamandi also emphasized the potential role of so-called “tipping points” at which care needs may become so great that even the recipients of long-term care services may come to prefer full time institutional care over their own home.

In attempting to draw lessons to be learned from the US, Mr. Hamandi argued that while variation in how resources and benefits are redistributed across states raises equity concerns, decentralisation may allow for innovative practices and for local needs to be met.

Upon finishing his dissertation this summer, Mr. Hamandi will be taking on a health policy analyst position at the World Bank in Washington DC.

The Collaborative Research Centre 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” is recruiting: a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Informatics/Human Computer Interaction for its project A01.

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Informatics / Human Computer Interaction
Salary Scale TV-L 13 (100%), start date: as soon as possible.
The position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2021.
Reference number: A11/18

The position is part of the Collaborative Research Center “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) funded by the German Research Foundation and will be located within the project A01: Measuring the global dynamics of social policy and cross-national interdependencies—Co-Creating the Global Welfare State Information System (WeSIS).

As human-computer interaction researchers, our research question will focus on co-creation and the empowerment of social scientists. Our collaboration with world-class social scientists gives you the chance to work on exciting real-world problems. We position ourselves in the emerging field of computational social science, which is an umbrella term for the adoption of computational methods by social scientists. Together with a large group of social scientists, we will build the information system that gives a holistic picture of the global welfare state.

Your role is defined as building a bridge between technology and the user by improving the user experience of visualizations. For this, we are looking for a computer scientist interested in data science, i.e. machine learning and visualization. Your focus will be on the user-centered design and development of novel data visualization tools. Together with your project partners, you will be part of the development of the information system, which will be made available as a web platform. You will support creating the database management system and the basis system infrastructure.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be responsible for the system’s architecture, the co-creation processes and the support of doctoral and student researchers. Additionally, you will be able to pursue your own research activities to qualify for a future academic career.

Project Description
The CRC comprises 15 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyse and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analysed by applying qualitative case study analyses.

Project A01 aims to quantify the dynamics of socio-political interdependencies between countries on a global scale. For this, a web-based information system will be developed, which allows a comprehensive analysis of such interdependencies and which will empower social scientists to leverage state-of-the-art machine learning and visualization tools. This system will be co-created by an interdisciplinary team of political scientists, geographers, and computer scientists. Together, we will envision, implement and evaluate novel software tools and techniques. The web-based information system will be the first to enable the dynamic measurement of social policy and horizontal and vertical interdependencies between countries on a global scale. WeSIS will also aggregate the findings of the collaborative research center in a central space. Eventually, WeSIS will contain data on social policy, country-specific characteristics, and political, economic, and social interdependencies across states as well as the countries’ integration into International Organisations.


  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Media, Media Informatics, or a related field
  • experience with user-centered and participatory design
  • experience with computational social science
  • experience in database design and development
  • interest in advancing social science by envisioning novel visualization tools
  • programming skills in Python, Ruby, Java, or equivalent object-oriented programming language
  • Level C1 in English
  • Level B2 in German and interest in extending to C1


  • proven experience with web development
  • proven experience with co-creation

The University of Bremen has received a number of awards for its diversity policies and offers a family-friendly working environment as well as an international atmosphere.
The University is committed to a policy of providing equal employment opportunities for both men and women alike, and therefore strongly encourages women to apply for the positions offered. Applicants with disabilities will be considered preferentially in case of equal qualifications and aptitudes. The University of Bremen explicitly invites individuals with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (

Applications including a cover letter, a short letter of intent (up to three pages) explaining your own motivations and possible research questions, CV, as well as copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by May 18th, 2018, to

Information Management Research Group
Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
Am Fallturm 1 (Entrance F)
D-28359 Bremen

or by Email: Miss Ewa Zoschke (

The costs of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.

Svenja GödeckeSvenja Gödecke
Svenja Gödecke explains how she is preparing for her doctoral thesis, why Europe is captivating her and what tasks she is taking on in subproject B04.

What would you have become if you hadn't become a scientist?

Good question - I have just graduated last summer. During the last semesters of my studies it became clear that I definitely wanted to work in science, especially as I was also very interested in teaching. Therefore, there was actually no alternative for me. With one small exception perhaps: In Brussels I did an internship with a German trade association. During the internship I was able to experience the EU "live" on site instead of just reading about procedures and actors. This was very interesting, but also a completely different world from the work at the university. I could have imagined working in this area for a while. But I'd have still worked on my PhD thesis in the meantime. No way I would have wanted to to lose touch with science.

You studied European Studies and later European Governance. Why this spatial specialisation?

I found the Bachelor European Studies interesting because it is interdisciplinary. I was able to satisfy my interest in politics and political science while learning different languages and gaining legal and economic insights. In addition, I find the development of European integration and the impact of the EU on its Member States particularly interesting. It is exciting to see how the merger of initially only six states has turned into an internationally unique entity like the EU - with competencies in almost all policy areas. This interest has continued to grow, which is why I enrolled in the Master's programme European Governance.

What will be your role within the CRC?
I am one of two PhD students with Prof. Schmidt and I will deal with the EU and Mercosur in Latin America. I am concerned with labour migration and look at what definitions and agreements do exist within the EU and Mercosur regarding labour migration, in order to explain later, for example, what repercussions these have on the nation states.

How will you conduct your research?

First of all I have to read intensively, because I have not yet dealt with Mercosur. Labour migration is also a relatively new field for me. Therefore I will mainly read, read, read in the near future. Then I can decide how to proceed. Although my work will most likely be qualitative: I will be doing interviews with experts, probably also travelling to Latin America and Brussels. But the details are not clear yet.

How long is your doctoral thesis scheduled for?

My contract runs for three years. The doctoral thesis will probably begin officially in the second half of this year. Until then I will work on the literature research.

Svenja Gödecke at a glance:
After graduating from high school in 2011, Svenja Gödecke studied European Studies and law at the University of Osnabrück. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, she earned a master's degree in European Governance. Her master thesis, which deals with the Europeanisation of sports policy, was awarded the Alumni-Förderpreis Sozialwissenschaften of the University of Osnabrück in March 2018.

Svenja Gödecke
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-67465

Prof. Dr. Tobias ten BrinkProf. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
At a conference at Columbia University, Tobias ten Brink presented the aganda of the CRC project on China's social policy and discussed it with leading international experts.

Tobias ten Brink participated in the conference "Expanding Social Policy in China" at the China Center for Social Policy at Columbia University. In a roundtable discussion, ten Brink presented the CRC project "Dynamics of Chinese social policy. Interplay of national and international influences".

"Over the past fifteen years, the Chinese government has invested heavily in expanding the social system, and many citizens have gained access to social services for the first time," says Tobias ten Brink, who is deputy director of the Center for the Study of China & Globalization at Jacobs University Bremen. Although the level of Chinese social services is low compared to the West, it is higher than in other emerging countries such as India.

Ten Brink and Tao Liu from the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen are jointly directing project B05. In addition to national factors such as economic growth, demography and internal migration, the scientists want to investigate how international factors influence national policy. “The Chinese government and experts have for decades been watching what is happening in other countries, including Europe, and have since then linked international role models with their own social policy traditions and created their own social security system,” says ten Brink.

"Via the presentation in New York, we were able adress parts of the US social policy community, especially those interested in China/East Asia, and channel their attention to our China project and the SFB as a whole," says ten Brink. "The SFB was received with great interest, especially as such extensive funding for social policy research currently seems impossible in the USA, according to the participants." The conference also served to deepen cooperation relations with researchers from the Anglo-Saxon region.

Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy, Research IV and China Global Center
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 200-3382

Michael LischkaMichael Lischka
Michael Lischka talks about geography glasses and his role in project A01.

What would you have become if you hadn't become a scientist/geographer?

Originally was studying social work. But my studies had a strong focus on Germany, whic did not fit well with my curiosity and love for travelling. A friend of mine said to me: "I'm studying geography, it should suit you, too." As a result, I started to study geography in parallel to social work to see if I like it. Long story short: If I hadn't turned to science, I would be a social worker today. But geography just grabbed me, I couldn't get out. If you want to understand the world and like a change of perspective, there is nothing better than geography.

What is it about geography that appeals to you so much?

Geography opens up many perspectives on different levels of scale and on different complex topics. The range of geography is huge: cultural geography, economic geography, social geography, physical geography and so on. It's all connected. As a geographer, I can put on different glasses, depending on the topic and scale level I want to think on. Of course, the choice of frame and lens is not random, but well considered. Economic geography suits me and ma eyesight best , I would say. During my Masters I studied rural areas in the context of globalisation: These included, for example, smallholder structures in developing countries and how they are influenced by the global market and vice versa, what risks and opportunities arise as a result, including the driving forces of globalisation, the distribution of power in economic interdependence patterns and much more. Generally speaking: To generate knowledge on many levels, which also points out consequences and effects - for me this is the epitome of geography.

And what is your role within the CRC?

I work very closely with Ivo Mossig on project A01. We investigate intergovernmental interdependence at various levels. We are focused initially on economic interdependence: Who is connected with one another in which supranational organisation? What free trade agreements do exist? We want to measure and present these macroeconomic structures and some other economic parameters in the best possible way. At the same time, together with computer scientists we develop analysis methods to be able to gain insights from it. Current economic geographic globalisation research is very much focused on processes rather than outcomes.

What exactly do you do at the moment?

I am currently doing a network analysis with all the countries of the world and analyse how they are connected to each other through trade. The first result is a great network: some states are in the centre, others in the periphery. But what does it mean that China, the US and Germany are close to the centre, and that Russia has left the centre a few years ago? Or that the BRIC(S) states are pushing closer to the core, whereas established states are changing their position? Our core task is to understand the dynamics of these and other economic interdependencies and to work out their significance in different contexts. In this way, we provide input for the other projects that investigate the dynamics of social policy. For many other projects, economic interdependence is the variable X - and we in project A01 are investigating variable X of this variable X.

Michael Lischka at a glance:
Michael Lischka is a research fellow in project A01 and is working on his PhD within the research group Economic and Social Geography at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bremen. Lischka is involved in the development of the Global Welfare State Information System (WeSIS) in project A01, which is led by Andreas Breiter, Ivo Mossig and Carina Schmitt.
Lischka studied geography at the University of Vechta and graduated with a master's degree in "Geographies of Rural Areas - Change through Globalisation". He is working on his PhD thesis within the CRC.


Michael Lischka
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen

Dr. Teresa HuhleDr. Teresa Huhle
Teresa Huhle on her search for clues, exciting conversations arising in archives, and her role in project B02.

What would you have become if you hadn't become a scientist?

When I started studying regional sciences Latin America in Cologne, I had two things in mind: to become either a journalist or to work for international organisations in the field of human rights or development assistance. However, these were no concrete plans, only vague ideas.

Why did you become a historian then?

From the first essay on, I enjoyed my studies, especially history - my other subjects were political science and Spanish. There were two phases in particular during which I realised that I would like to work as a historian: an internship in northern Spain and later my diploma thesis. The internship was about the victims of the Spanish Civil War. On the one hand I did archive research and looked through death records; on the other hand, I conducted interviews with people who could remember where there were anonymous mass graves. In this internship I was able to get to know historical research methods. Later I wrote my diploma thesis about the American participation in the Spanish Civil War. I was in San Francisco and New York for quite a while, where I worked in an archive on trade unions and other US left-wing movements. That was a great experience! It was that time when it became clear that I wanted to continue this kind of work.

What do you like about studying files and other documents?

I like the lonely side of archival work, the focused reading and discovery of documents. At the same time, archives are also places where a great many people from different regions meet and where exciting conversations arise.

Your main focus as a historian is Latin America. Why this region?

Even before my studies I had a great interest in Latin America and I had hoped that the study would give me many opportunities to travel there. After my detours into Spanish and American history, I wanted to work on Latin America during my doctoral thesis. In Bremen I had the chance to do my doctorate on the history of Colombia and to also look at connections to the USA. During my research trips to Colombia, I found the exchange with local colleagues very inspiring. The culture of science is different; the universities are more politicised than I knew it from Germany.

What is your role in the CRC?

I am working on a project in which we investigate the genesis of social policy in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The project has four work packages, one of which I will cover: I look at the early state-run social policy of Uruguay, from the late 19th century to the 1930s. I ask in particular how, why and with which effects the government has been involved in the areas of health and work - and of which other organisations it has taken over these tasks: namely the Church and philanthropy.

I am also working on a second work package to examine role the International Labour Organisation ILO in the formation process of social policy in the three countries.

How will you conduct your research?

I can't draw on interviews with contemporary witnesses during this period; thus, as a historian I will focus on archive work. We investigate transnational factors, e.g. the question: Who were Uruguayan physicians in contact with in other countries and international organisations? For me, this means a very international archive work. I will travel to Uruguay, but also to European archives, the ILO archive in Geneva and also to the USA. At the beginning it is about identifying who the central actors were, with whom they were in contact with and how the exchange of knowledge took place. In some cases there are hints I can follow up, but in others the field is completely unknown. I have surprise myself with the results of my archive visits.

When do you expect first results?

I'm going on extensive expeditions this year. Therefore, I will probably not have any results ready for beeing peer-reviewed until next year. But I hope to be able to bring preliminary results at presentation level from every trip.


Teresa Huhle at a glance:
Teresa Huhle is a research fellow at the Institute of History at the University of Bremen. In project B02, led by Delia González de Reufels, Huhle examines the development of early public social policy in Uruguay.

In 2015, Teresa Huhle received her doctorate at the University of Bremen for her thesis "Population, Fertility and Family Planning in Colombia during the Cold War: A Transnational History of Knowledge". Previously, Huhle had studied Latin American Regional Sciences at the University of Cologne, specialising in Iberian and Latin American History, Anglo-American History, Political Science and Spanish.

Dr. Teresa Huhle
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft / FB 08
Universitäts-Boulevard 13
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-57062

Dr. Nils DüpontDr. Nils Düpont
Nils Düpont talks about his fascination with political science, preferences of autocrats and his role in project A01.

What would you have become if you hadn't become a political scientist?

I don't know if I wanted to be anything else. I developed an interest in politics at high school - inspired by two good teachers - and as a consequence I studied political science. It soon became clear that it wanted to continue following this path after the Master's degree. When I look back from today's perspective, I sometimes think: Maybe I could have done something completely different; something manual, perhaps becoming an instrument maker. It's nice that my job is intellectually challenging. But every now and then, all my day's work consists of programming five lines. This was a huge step forward in my work, but if I told that other people ... In this sense, a craft in which you produce something tangible would have been something for me. But the question never occurred.

Studying political science after school is one thing; but what made this subject so fascinating to you that you made it your profession?

Political science requires a very special way of thinking, which suits me well. In addition, the environment at university was very favourable. After I wrote a seminar paper I was asked if I wanted to start working for the professor. This fueled my interest in data and empirical-analytical political science. I started redading a lot about this field, and in the course of time your way of thinking gets shaped by what you read. All these aspects fed my career aspirations. Today I would say: I am interested in politics, but my way of thinking is that of a political science.

What strikes me about political and social sciences in general: Despite the immense differences between people, there are similarities and behavioural patterns. This makes people much more similar than they want to believe. Discovering these patterns always fascinated me: explaining human behaviour through via a handful of instructions or variables. Obviously human behaviour is not determined by this, but nevertheless it is shaped to some extent. You can explain a lot.

What are your responsibilities within the CRC?

I am currently in the process of defining my exact role myself to some extent. However, my work addresses the complex issues of national actors in social policy. Social policy obviously is embedded in international interdependencies, but in the end it is still national actors who make decisions. In parliamentary systems these actors are governments formed by parties, in autocracies or dictatorships it is simply autocrats or dictators. The question is: How strongly are the actions of these actors influenced by global contexts? I see my role in the CRC in measuring the world' s ideologies. Up to now, the ususal research focus has been on highly developed industrialised countries. Determining the political preferences of governments via political parties is relatively straightforward. I would like to develop procedures to determine the political preferences of actors in other political regimes, such as autocracies and dictatorships. I hope to get input from the computer scientists in the project: so that I can evaluate texts via machine learning according to certain categories that we already know from the industrialised countries. I would then like to check whether we can transfer the categories to autocracies and dictatorships, or whether we have to think in completely new categories.

Could you give an example?

The political actors of the western world can be located on a large left-right axis - ignoring the debate about how substantial this axis still is. But does this also work for other regions of the world? Perhaps this works to some extent for South America, but in Asia the question is whether we have to completely rethink ideological conflict issues. My role will be to work this out and in turn to provide input to the other projects within the A Department. Our colleagues are seeking to explain social policy decisions, and national actors play a decisive role in this.


Dr. Nils Düpont at a glance:
Dr. Nils Düpont is a research fellow at the CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy". In project A01, coordinated by Andreas Breiter, Ivo Mossig and Carina Schmitt, Nils Düpont is involved in the development of the Global Welfare State Information System (WeSIS).

Nils Düpont studied political science, media studies and Scandinavian studies at the University of Greifswald, graduating with a Master of Arts degree. He then received his doctorate in political science for his thesis on "(Ir)Rational Choices? The Impact of Learning on Party Policy Moves".

Before joining the CRC 1342, Nils Düpont worked at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bremen to establish a Master's Centre.

Dr. Nils Düpont
CRC 1342: Global Dynamics of Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-57060