Events of Project B06

29.02.2024 - 01.03.2024 Workshop

Generosity of Social Policies in Socialist and Post-socialist States. Authors' workshop

Sonderforschungsbereich 1342 "Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik", Universität Bremen
Room: 3.3380
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
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WiSe 2023/24

The four organizers (Ewa Kaminska-Visser, Tobias ten Brink, Andreas Heinrich and Heiko Pleines) are the editors of the edited volume "Generosity of Social Policies in Socialist and Post-socialist States". The volume is to be published with Palgrave, within the book series Global Dynamics of Social Policy.

The volume will map and compare socialist and post-socialist approaches to social policies, their implementation and outcomes, with the focus on how the generosity of social policies – understood as the combination of their inclusiveness and the scope of benefits they offer – has been conceptualised in different socialist and post-socialist national contexts, how these conceptualisations have shaped the content of social policies, and finally, how the content of social policies has actually been implemented. The book will cover the geographic areas of the (former) Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as selected countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The book will feature contributions from a number CRC projects (A03, A04, A05, B05, B09, B10 and B11), as well as research of colleagues from Leiden University, the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, Arkansas State University, and State University of New York.

The workshop's goal is to bring together the contributors in order to discuss the drafts of the chapters.


2 pm - 4 pm
Commentator of the Lecture

The PhD Dissertation of Gulnaz Isabekova is ready to be defended. 

The Examination Board is composed of:

  • Prof. Dr. Heiko Pleines
  • Dr. Monika Ewa Kaminska
  • Assoc. Prof. Kristina Jönsson
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz
  • Dr. Amanda Shriwise
  • Liva Stupele

The defense will be public, but will take place online only. To receive the link to the video conference, please send an email to Gulnaz Isabekova by June 21st, 2021.

09.11.2019 Workshop

International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region

Teilprojekt B06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Klagenfurter Straße 8
28359 Bremen
9 am - 5 pm
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Call for Papers

For a combined, three-day event we invite proposals for papers on "International Knowledge Transfer in Social Policy: The Case of the Post-Soviet Region". The event takes place from 7-9 November 2019 in Bremen (Germany).

It begins with a two-day conference on "Causal Mechanisms in the Analysis of Social Policy Dynamics" in the House of Science in Bremen. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Renate Mayntz (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies), James Mahoney (Northwestern University), and Peter Starke (University of Southern Denmark).

On the third day there will be a workshop on "International knowledge transfer in social policy: The case of the post-Soviet region". Participants selected from this call are invited to join the conference and to present their papers at the third-day workshop, which takes place at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen on 9 November 2019. It intends to complement the conference on causal mechanisms with the discussion of research on dynamics of international knowledge transfer in social policy in the post-Soviet region. Special emphasis is made on the policy fields of basic income security (alleviating poverty), health care and education.

The workshop aims to bring together approaches from political science, sociology and other relevant academic disciplines to get a more comprehensive picture of the influence of social policy concepts originating in the OECD world on reform processes in the post-Soviet region and of the role that international actors play in this knowledge transfer. The focus of invited papers should always be on the international knowledge transfer and on the domestic evaluation of these social policy concepts.

Deadline for proposals: 30 April 201

Deadline for the submission of paper proposals is 30 April 2019. In addition to a 300 word abstract, please include a brief biographical statement in your submission. Selected paper-givers will be invited by 31 May 2019. Full papers will be due 15 September 2019.

The workshop will involve around 15 scholars; early-career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Travel expenses and accommodation costs of invited participants will be covered by the organiser. For further information on our research group, visit our website.

We plan to publish selected workshop papers in a special issue of Global Social Policy.

Paper proposals and any questions should be addressed to:
Dr Andreas Heinrich (

27.10.2018 Internal Workshop

Social Policy Dynamics in Post-Socialist Countries

Teilprojekt B06: SFB 1342, Universität Bremen
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Room: OEG 3790
Klagenfurter Straße 8
28359 Bremen
9:15 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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At the workshop invited participants will discuss the CRC projects dealing with policy diffusion and policy learning in post-socialist countries, focusing on selected social policy fields (esp. health care). Additionally, there will be a thematic discussion about conceptual approaches to the international transfer of policy ideas.

In a separate panel Mitchel Orenstein will present his Social Impact of Transition (SIT) Index for discussion.

Finally, synergies between the CRC projects and the external experts' research will be discussed to define areas of future cooperation.


CRC project teams B06 – post-Soviet region, B05 – China, and B08 – Central Eastern Europe

External participants
Andrea Chandler (Carleton University, Political Science)
Tatiana Chubarova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Economy, Center for Social Studies)
Damir Esenaliev (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)
Natalia Grigorieva (Moscow State University named after Lomonosov, School of Public Administration)
Nazim Habibov (University of Windsor, School of Social Work)
Alexandra Kaasch (University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology)
Elena Maltseva (University of Windsor, Political Science)
Mitchell Orenstein (University of Pennsylvania, Russian and East European Studies)