Comparative Analysis of Welfare States in Europe and Beyond

The research of Professor Ebbinghaus focuses on advanced welfare states in Europe and overseas facing reform pressures due to ongoing globalization, demographic ageing and socio-economic changes. Current projects analyse cross-national differences in welfare state regimes; their capacities to reform social policies and institutional changes; the effects of social policies on individuals, households and society; and changing attitudes of citizens towards social policies and the reform positions of organized interests.

Current research projects of Bernhard Ebbinghaus:

Oxford Supertracker: The Global Directory for COVID Policy Trackers and Surveys

Currently, Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus coordinates with Lukas Lehner and the help of Kun Lee updates of the Oxford Supertracker, a directory of over two hundred policy trackers on Covid-19 related developments across the globe, and a listing of over 50 comparative and national surveys with a focus on Covid-19 (edited by Elias Naumann at the University of Mannheim). The 2021 updating and meta-analyses are funded by the Higher Education Trust Fund (PI: Prof Ebbinghaus). The supertracker builds on and extend the work initially carried out by Lukas Lehner, DPhil student in Social Policy, who started to list policy trackers on Twitter during Spring 2020. In Summer 2020 the website was launched through a project led by Dr Marek Naczyk, with the involvement of Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Professor Mary Daly and Dr Tim Vlandas, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and Oxford ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). In a Policy Brief (2021) the team proposed concrete actions to solve gaps in information contained within existing policy trackers, and create synergies between them.

Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe

Bernhard Ebbinghaus (MZES External Fellow, Mannheim) & J. Timo Weishaupt (U Göttingen)

International research project funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) since 2016 (for three years, extended until 2020).

The main results of the project were published in Ebbinghaus, Bernhard and J. Timo Weishaupt (eds.) (2021) The Role of Social Partners in Managing Europe’s Great Recession: Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Abingdon: Routledge.

For more information on this DFG-Project see MZES webpage: MZES Project A1.9

Welfare State Reforms from Below: Linking Individual Attitudes and Organised Interests in Europe

Bernhard Ebbinghaus (PI 2010-16, SFB associate member 2017-, 2018- Mercator Fellow) & Katja Möhring (U Mannheim, PI 2017-)

Project A6 is part of the DFG-funded collaborative research centre (SFB 884) Political Economy of Reform at University of Mannheim, funded by German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) since 2010 (3rd part funded until December 2021).

For more information on Project A6 see SFB 884 webpage:  SFB 884 – Project A

For supervison of doctoral research projects see:

Current and past dissertation supervision in Oxford and Mannheim as well as exernal examination

Current dissertation (DPhil) supervision at DSPI, Univesity of Oxford