Head of Department

The start of this new academic year brings a new Head of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus arrived in Oxford to take up his post as Professor of Social Policy in January 2017, and now brings his experience as past director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research to DSPI. At yesterday’s General Meeting of the Department, Professor Ebbinghaus took the opportunity to thank Dr Rebecca Surender, who has ably led DSPI over the past two years. Dr Surender, who is taking a sabbatical leave from the Department this year, is also the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Advocate for Equality and Diversity.

Professor Ebbinghaus commented: “It will be my pleasure to serve as new Head of Department for the next three years, to continue the Barnett House tradition, and to support our excellence in teaching and research, interdisciplinary exchange, policy-relevant social research, and international outlook.

You can find out more about the people in leadership at DSPI here

Public lecture on old age inequalities

Starting his new position as Professor of Social Policy at University of Oxford, Bernhard Ebbinghaus gives a public lecture in the seminar series of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention on:

Hilary Term, Week 1, Thursday 19 January 2017, 5 p.m.

Bernhard Ebbinghaus:
Pension marketization and old age inequalities: from old to new social risks?

Comparative Social Policy and Inequality Seminar Series- Hilary Term 2017

All lectures are from 17:00 – 18:30, including an opportunity for questions and discussion, and will each be held in the Violet Butler Room at Barnett House. Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.

Op-Ed: Ebbinghaus on pension reforms

Confidence always forms the basis for a successful transition

Despite the fact that confidence in pension funds, government actors, and social partners is under pressure, it remains the foundation for the pension systems in the Netherlands and Germany. ‘Implementing change is only possible once consensus has been reached,’ says German sociologist Bernhard Ebbinghaus. (…)

Read more on this topic inNetspar Magazine No. 20 / 2016

Netspar, the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a Dutch ‘think tank’ and knowledge network based at University of Tilburg:

Interview (in German) on pension reforms in Germany and Europe

Armes Deutschland? Der Mannheimer Soziologie-Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus im Interview über die Grenzen unseres Rentensystems, steigende Altersarmut – und Lösungen. Bestzeit Plus, November 2016.