Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sociology of Social Policy

2020 in a nutshell

Although 2020 was shaped by the Covid19 pandemic and associated restrictions, our team managed to adapt quickly and had a successful year. Taking advantage of the ample digital tools for remote working, we taught online courses, participated and presented at conferences and workshops, and even held a workshop ourselves. 

Online conferences and workshops our team presented at include American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), EUROMOD Winter School, Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet), European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce, the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS), and the European Population Conference. While online conferences and workshops will likely continue to be relevant in 2021, we are hopeful to meet all our colleagues and collaborators, and make new connections at in-person meetings soon. 

Together with researchers from Oxford and Mannheim, Dr. Nicole Kapelle, Theresa Nutz, and Daria Tisch founded a network for early career researchers on "Gender and Wealth Inequality" (GWIN). The network started off in October with a two-day kick-off workshop funded by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). We hope to see our network grow in future and provide a platform for other early career scholars studying gender wealth inequalities!  

In 2020, our team was also fortunate to publish several manuscripts in a variety of highly ranked journals: American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Social Science and Medicine, Advances in Life Course Research. In order to disseminate the findings of our work, we also provided working papers or short summaries (LIS Working Paper Series, SOEP Working Paper series, SoSci Panel Study Summaries, LIS Newsletter). We thank all the reviewers and editors but also other colleagues for taking the time to provide excellent and valuable feedback that greatly contributed to the successful dissemination of our work.

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Kapelle, who was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sociology from the University of Queensland in November 2020. Her thesis titled "May your wealth be easily divisible by two: Marital dissolution and personal wealth of German men and women over the life course" was supervised by Prof. Janeen Baxter, Dr. Sergi Vidal, and Prof. Philipp Lersch.

We wish you all a happy and healthy year 2021!