Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Vergleichende Analyse Politischer Systeme


Principle Investigators


Postdoctoral Researchers

Cooperation Partners

Principle Investigators 

Ellen-Immergut_edit-TW.pngEllen M. Immergut

Project Leader and Principal Investigator Germany

Professor, Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin

Ellen M. Immergut is Professor for Comparative Politics as well as Scientific Coordinator for the Welfare State Futures Programme. Her research focuses on the impact of political institutions and electoral competition on welfare state politics and policies, with particular emphasis on health care and pensions, as well as on institutionalist theory. In addition to HEALTHDOX, her current projects include the German National Science Foundation founded "The Impact of Electoral Vulnerability on Institutional Chance: Recalibrating Public Policies in the Areas of Pensions, Agriculture and Citizenship."


Mare-Ainsaar_edit-TW.pngMare Ainsaar

Principal Investigator Estonia

Senior Research Fellow, Insitute of Social Research, University of Tartu

Mare Ainsaars research focuses on comparative family policy, fertility behaviour, migration behaviour, population forecasts and sexuality and partner selection behaviour. Besides the "Norface: The Paradox of Health Care Futures" she is involved in the “Family Policy, attitudes and fertility behavior project” founded by the Estonian Science Foundation.


Karen-Anderson_edit-TW.pngKaren M. Anderson

Principal Investigator England

Associate Professor, University of Southampton

Karen M. Anderson is Associate Professor of Social Policy within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research focuses on comparative social policy development, the interaction of labor market policy and social policy, and the impact of Europeanization on national welfare states. She is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of European Social Policy and of the Journal for Labour Market Research, and Chairperson of Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Labor Market and Employment Research (IAB).


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Principal Investigator Portugal

Associate Professor, Directorate General for Administration and Public Employment, Department of Research, International Relations and Communication

Her research interests lie in the areas of policy and management issues related to healthcare organizations, public policy, public sector reforms and research methodology. Her most recent projects are: “Management of complaints in the public sector services” and “Ethical behavior in the Portuguese public administration”.


Paula-Blomqvist_edit-TW.pngPaula Blomqvist

Principal Investigator Sweden

Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University

Her research interests include welfare politics, public policy and governance. Her work has appeared in a variety of scientific journals, including Europan Journal of Social Policy, Social Science & Medicine, Social Policy & Administration, Governance, Education Policy and Scandinavian Political Studies as well as adademic publishers.


Camilla-Devitt_edit-TW.pngCamilla Devitt

Principal Investigator Ireland

Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Sociology

Camilla Devitt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Migration and Employment Research Centre. Her main research interests are immigration, welfare states and labour markets in Western Europe.



Maria-Oskarson_edit-TW.pngMaria Oskarsson

Principal Investigator Sweden

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Maria Oskarsson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research interest is focused on political cleavages, that is the association between social position and political attitudes or voting, and how these associations vary with contextual factors such as welfare politics, party systems and political institutions, both in Sweden and in a comparative perspective.



Ulrika-Winblad_edit-TW.pngUlrika Winblad

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University

Ulrika Winblad is a senior lecturer and the research group leader at the department of public health and caring sciences at the University of Uppsala. She is involved in research regarding health outcomes, health systems and policy, healthcare systems also in relation to chronic diseases  and holds a PhD from the same department at the University of Uppsala dealing with “The role of the Physician in Implementing Patient Choice in Swedish Health Care” in her dissertation in 2003. Her external assignments included being a reviewer at the Research Council of Health Care Services in Norway and a member of the expert group for “National Indicators for Good Care” in Sweden.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Diana_Burlacu_edit-TW.pngDiana Elena Burlacu

Institute of Social and Political Sciences, Humboldt- University Berlin

Her main research interests are contextual effects of various structures (e.g. good governance, welfare state, or health care regimes) on individual behavior and attitudes. Her most recent study is on the impact of health care insurance on political participation, where she examines whether German privately insured citizens are less involved into politics using the longitudinal German Socio- Economic Panel from 1990 till 2013. 



Tamara Popic

Institute for Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon

Tamara Popic has a PhD in Political Science. Her research interests include comparative healthcare policy analysis, institutional change and role of ideas and institutions in public policy making. She is also interested in the cross-country differences of welfare attitudes and causal links between institutions and public opinion.



andra-roescu_edit-TW.pngAndra-Maria Roescu

Chair of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton

Andra Roescu is currently a research fellow in the Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology Department at the University of Southampton, working on the Norface funded 'The Paradox of Health State Futures' project (April 2015-March 2018) since the 1st of December 2015.  In 2013, she got her PhD in Political Science from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, with the thesis “Voting Rules Experiments. Evidence from the local and parliamentary elections in Romania”. Her research interests include electoral systems and voting behavior, public opinion, social policy and welfare attitudes.


Ave-Roots_edit-TW.pngAve Roots

Chair of Social Policy, University of Tartu

Ave Roots has PhD in Sociology. She is interested in social inequalities, including inequalities in health and connections of health inequalities with other inequalities. She is also interested in reproduction of inequalities over generations and the cumulation of the inequalities over the life course, where health in later life is also mirroring the lifetime social inequalities very well.


Björn-Rönnestrand_edit-TW.pngBjörn Rönnerstrand

Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Björn Rönnerstrand is a Postdoctor at the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on health-related large-scale collective action problems such as immunization and antibiotic resistance, but also on generalized trust and confidence in political institutions and authorities. He is also researching in the disciplines of environmental opinion, corruption and international health policy.


Simone-Schneider_edit-TW.pngSimone Schneider

Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

Her main areas of interest are inequality and health research, justice attitudes, and quantitative methodologies.  





Cooperation Partners

Natasha Azzopardi MuscatNatasha Azzopardi Muscat

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Malta

Natasha Azzopardi Muscat researches at the University of Malta while focusing on Europeanisation of health systems in the EU-member states. In addition, she is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in the UK and obtained her degree in Health Services Management. Besides her academic expertise, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat has worked for the Ministry of Health in Malta on a senior level for several years. Her newest publications include: “EU Country Specific Recommendations for Health Systems in the European Semester process: Trends, Discourse and Predictors“ and “Health in All Policies. A Systematic Review of Key Issues in Public Health” both published in 2015.


Mira BalajMirza Balaj

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Albania and Kosovo

Mirza Balaj is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research interest lies in the intersection between social policy, health policy and social inequalities in health. In particular, her research examines the contribution to health inequalities of health care access, social, economic and material factors, life style factors, childhood conditions, working conditions, unemployment and housing conditions. Her main work in this field has been developed as member of the NORFACE project 'Health inequalities in European welfare states (HiNEWS).


Juris BarzdinsJuris Barzdins

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Latvia

Juris Barzdins is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Latvia in Riga and the CEO of Clinic Premium Medical. Within his research he specialized e.g. in health management, health financing, healthcare systems, health policy and reform. His publications in 2016 include articles like “Developing health care management skills in time of crisis” published in the International Journal of Health Care Management and “Human Capital Development in Physicians’ Profession” published in the Academic Journal of Research in Economics and Management. Before his recent work Juris Barzdins was the Minister of Health in Latvia in 2010 and 2011.


Matthias BrunnnMatthias Brunn

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on France

Matthias Brunn is pursuing his PhD in political science at the Printemps research unit, department of social sciences, University Paris-Saclay. His research interests include chronic disease and mental health as well as the analysis of health systems and reforms. He conducts a comparative analysis of health services and financing reforms in France and Germany, with a focus on the role of policy transfer and translation. His publications deal with “The impact of the crisis on the health system and health in France” published in 2015, “Care for patients with chronic illness - concepts, assessment and foreign experiences”, published in 2013.


Maria Elisa Chulia RodrigoMaría Elisa Chuliá Rodrigo

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Spain

Elisa Chuliá’s main research lies in the area of political and social developments in ageing populations and pension reforms, in public opinion and mass media in dictatorships as well as the social role of Spanish families. She is working in these areas as an Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the National Distance Education University. Numerous publications were written and edited by Elisa Chuliá which include “Consolidation and reluctant reform of the pension system” in 2011 and “State, Society and Family Change in 20th Century Spain: the Evolution of the Strong Family Model” in 2013.


Carina DiesenreiterCarina Diesenreiter

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Austria

Carina Diesenreiter is a research associate at the Institute for Social Policy, Department of Socioeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Her research interests include comparative welfare state and social policy research, in particular health and housing policies, as well as European integration processes in these areas. As a PhD student, she currently works on a project on cross-border health care in Europe funded by the Austrian National Bank (OeNB). Other research projects she participated in focused on health care seeking behaviour among students and migrant care work.


Edgars EihmanisEdgars Eihmanis

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Latvia

Edgars Eihmanis is a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. His interests include comparative politics of taxation and EU economic governance. His recent publication “Cherry-picking external constraints” in Journal of European Public Policy analyses Latvia’s fiscal and social policy under three EU governance frameworks – the European Semester, the Balance-of-payments programme and euro convergence.


Mária Éva FöldesMária Éva Földes

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Hungary

Mária Éva Földes is a lecturer in EU Law at the University of Applied Science in The Hague. Her research interests involve the European health law, dynamics of EU decision-making and health care systems and health policies. The numerous book chapters and journal articles by Mária Éva Földes have been published in magazines like the European Journal of Risk Regulation, the International Journal of Public Health and the European Journal of Consumer Law. These publications deal e.g. with the role of health rights enforcements in Hungary (published in 2014) and the regulatory framework for medical devices in the European Union (published in 2013).


Jane GingrichJane Gingrich

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on England

Jane Gingrich works and researches as an Associate Professor of Comparative Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford an as a Tutorial Fellow at the Magdalen College. She focuses her research in comparative political economy and comparative social policy while having a special interest in the structures of the welfare state and the institutional change. Jane Gingrich’s recent publications include an article in Comparative Political Studies: “Micro Preferences, Macro Contexts and the Demand for Social Policy” published in 2012 and “Making Markets in the Welfare State: The politics of varying market reforms” published in 2011.


Scott GreerScott Greer

Responsible for the data sets and country chapters on Scottland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Scott Greer is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on politics of health policies, multi-level health policy making and comparative politics within the European Union, the US and Canada. He has published numerous books and articles in e.g. the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of European Public Policy. Some of his most recent work deals with the health policies in Europe: “Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policies but were afraid to ask” published in 2014 and “The new political economy of healthcare in the European Union: The impact of fiscal governance” published in 2016.


Jasmin HasicJasmin Hasic

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jasmin Hasić is an Assistant Professor at International Burch University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Political Theory from the Universite libre de Bruxelles and LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Humanity in Action BiH Foundation. His research interests revolve around diaspora studies and demographic changes associated with post-conflict migration, along with peacebuilding and transitional justice in multicultural post-conflict societies.


Patrick HassenteufelPatrick Hassenteufel

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on France

Patrick Hassenteufel is a Professor for sociology and political sciences at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and at the Sciences Po Saint-Gemain-en-Laye. His research interests lie in the area of comparative research methods in the public politics, the Europeanisation of social policy protection and in health politics, particularly in the medical sector. Patrick Hassenteufel has published several articles in the last years, to name a few: “The shaping of New State Elites: Healthcare Policy Making in France Since 1981”, published in 2015, and a book chapter about the French welfare state under the financial crisis with the title: “Muddling Through the Crisis”, also published in 2015.


Simonida KacarskaSimonida Kacarska

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Macedonia

Simonida Kacarska is the director of the European Policy Institute, a think tank in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Her working experience is diverse and includes both public service, academia and civil society. She has held research and/or policy fellowships at several universities including the European University Institute in Florence, University of Edinburgh and Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds in the UK. Her research focuses on the role of international actors, foremost the European Union, in the political transformation of the Western Balkans. Simonida is a regular contributor to national and regional media and also consults for international organisations.


Ilias Ioannis KryiopoulosIlias-Ioannis Kryiopoulos

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Greece

Ilias-Ioannis Kryiopoulos is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. His dissertation focuses on the impact of austerity on health and healthcare services particularly in Greece while his broader research interests include health economics, health policy, political economy and quantitative research. He obtained a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from the National School of Public Health in Athens and one Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics. Before London, Ilias-Ioannis Kryiopoulos was a Research Assistant at the Department of Health Economics and the National School of Public Health in Greece.

Anja LeistAnja Leist

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Luxembourg

Anja Leist is Associate Professor in Public Health and Ageing at the Institute for Research on Socio-Economic Inequality at the University of Luxembourg. After receiving a PhD in Psychology at the University of Trier, Germany, she had postdoctoral research stays at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the University of Luxembourg. Her research interests include health, cognitive functioning and dementia at older ages, social and life-course inequalities, and technology and ageing. Anja is Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. In 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant on the topic of cognitive aging.


Julia LynchJulia Lynch

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Belgium

Julia Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective. Within these fields she has a regional focus on Western Europe and the United States. Julia Lynch has studied at Harvard University , she holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and  she is an active member in the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies. Furthermore, she serves on the editorial board of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.


Neda Milevska KostovaNeda Milevska Kostova

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Macedonia

Neda Milevska Kostova is executive director of the Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation Studiorum, think-tank working on health and wellbeing policies in South Eastern Europe, executive editor of the Journal for European Issues “Evrodijalog” and consultant on national health policies for the World Health Organization. She holds PhD in public health, and has published several articles and book chapters on health policy development, health reforms and influence of global and regional agendas on national health policies in South East European countries.


Elias MossialosElias Mossialos

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Greece

Elias Mossialos is a Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and the Director of LSE Health. While his research is mainly focused on health policies and health care systems, his regional concentration lies in the European and comparative perspective in relation to funding health care, private health insurances, EU law in health care systems and the development of needs and demands for antibiotics, amongst other topics. He has published several articles in magazines such as Health Policy, Journal of European Public Policy and Social Science and Medicine, dealing with “Big Date in healthcare: Challenges and opportunities for coordinated policy development in the EU”.


DSCF7977Liubové Murauskiené

Responsible for the dataset and country chapter on Lithuania

Liubové Murauskiené is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Public Health at Vilnius University and she is also the Director of MTVC, a research and consultancy firm. Her interests and research fields include health policy, economics and financing, mental health and inequalities in health care. She has published numerous articles and book chapters like “Assessing chronic disease management in European health systems” in 2015 and “The Persistence of Informal Economic Practices in Post-Socialist Societies” in 2015. In addition, Murauskiené is engaged in projects dealing with mental health care and universal health care coverage.


Sigrun OlafsdottirSigrun Olafsdottir

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Iceland

Sigrun Olafsdottir is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. Before coming to Boston, she taught at the University of Iceland. Her main research interests lie in the field of medical and political sociology, sociology of mental health as well as in the area of comparative research and research methods. Additionally, Sigrun Olafsdottir is interested in questions like: how do welfare state systems shape health internationally. She has had several publications in The Sociology of Health Care, in the Annual Review of Sociology and in the American Behavioral Scientist, amongst others while her newest book chapter deals with “Social Construction and Illness”.


Federico RazettiFederico Razetti

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Italy

Federico Razetti is a lecturer at the University of Milan in the fields of Political and Administrative Systems as well as Social and Labor Policies. He received his PhD in Political Studies in 2014 at the University of Milan, after which he started working as a researcher at the ‘Laboratory on Second Welfare’. Within this project, Federico Razetti has published the chapter ‘Contractual welfare and paritarian bodies: which role for the territories?’, while his research interest include comparative health policy and politics, contractual welfare and the role that non-public actors can play in the ongoing transformations of social protection, particularly at the local level.


Christian RüefliChristian Rüefli

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Switzerland

Since 2008, Christian Rüefli is the Managing Director at the Büro Vatter for political consulting. His academic studies in France and Switzerland were focused on political sciences and economics while his interests now concentrate on health care and health insurances systems, policy regulation and evaluation as well as policy making. He has worked in numerous projects, some of which dealt with the processes and involvement of the cantons on health decrees on the national level.


Guergana Stolarov DemuthGuergana Stolarov-Demuth

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Bulgaria

Guergana Stolarov-Demuth is a Doctoral Candidate at the Berlin Graduate School of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and joined the PhD program “Health and Welfare in the 21st Century: A Comparative, Historical and Global Approach” of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2013. Next to her dissertation: “Enabling Change in Private Health Insurance: Systemic Pressures, Dynamic Coalitions, and Contested Legislative Rules. Comparative Analysis of Switzerland, the United States, and the Netherlands” she focuses on comparative welfare state research, health politics and policy in Europe and North America, legislative politics and historical institutionalism.


Liina Kaisa TynkkynenLiina-Kaisa Tynkkynen

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Finland

Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social Research at the University of Tampere. She concentrates her research on health care systems and reforms, primary health care practices, integrated care as well as private sector and marketization. Her most recent publications involve: “The development of voluntary private health insurance in the Nordic countries” and the “Expanding choice of primary care in Finland”, both published in 2016. Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen is also engaged in several projects. There she researches e.g. social inequalities in ageing within the Nordic welfare states within one project and focuses on the privatizing of the health care sector in another one.


Ruud van DruenenRuud van Druenen

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on the Netherlands

Ruud van Druenen is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Public Administration department at Radboud University. Before he joined Radboud University, Ruud worked as a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Health (health Insurance department and macro-economic policy department) and the Dutch Ministry of Finance (budget department) and as a lecturer at Leiden University. His research interests include EU compliance and implementation, comparative political economy, and welfare state reform.


Karsten VrangbækKarsten Vrangbæk

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Denmark

Karsten Vrangbæk is a Professor at the Department of Public Health and Political Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. In his research his interests are health policies and management in relation to health systems analysis, ageing population and its economic consequences, markets and public-private collaboration in health care and the management performance in health care. He has published book chapters such as: ”Towards a Comparative Institutionalism: Forms, Dynamics and Logics Across the Organizational Fields of Health Care and Higher Education” and “Accountability in Health Care” in 2016 and also articles in the International Journal of Public Administration, in Health, Economics Policy and Law, and the American Review of Public Administration.


Claus WendtClaus Wendt

Responsible for the data set and country chapter on Germany and Austria

Claus Wendt, M.A., Ph.D., a 2008-09 Harkness/Bosch Fellow of Health Policy & Practice at Harvard School of Public Health and J. F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, is professor of sociology of health and healthcare systems at Siegen University. Wendt’s research interests include international comparisons of welfare states and healthcare systems, health policy and demographic change, and the sociology of health. He has published more than ten books and edited volumes including two volumes on Reforming Healthcare Systems (with Ted Marmor) and has written more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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