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Prof. Dr. Sigrid Betzelt

Professorship for Social Sciences – specialising in the sociology of work and organisations
Specialist area: Sociology
Professor

T: +49 (0)30 30877-1234
E: sigrid.betzelt@hwr-berlin.de


Visitor's address
Schöneberg Campus
Building B
Room 1.04
Badensche Straße 50-51
10825 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Schöneberg Campus
Badensche Straße 52
10825 Berlin
Germany

 

Academic and Professional Career

  • 1982-87: Studied Sociology at the Free University of Berlin
  • 1987-94: Assistant lecturer at the FU Berlin; researcher for non-profit organisations; project leader and manager of a research project, supported by the Berlin Senate, on the financing of women’s projects
  • 1994-97: Researcher and consultant for labour, social and women’s policy for a parliamentary party in the Bremen Parliament
  • 1998-99: Research assistant at the Institute for Local Social Policy and Non-Profit Organisations at the University of Bremen; conducted the German component study (study leader: Prof. Dr. Rudolph Bauer) within the EU project “New Employment Opportunities in the Third Sector”
  • 2000: Obtained doctorate at the University of Bremen (Title of doctoral thesis: “The Third Sector as a Job Machine? Conditions, Potentials and Policies for Job creation in German Non-Profit Organisations”, published by Peter Lang, 2001)
  • 2000-09: research assistant in the Centre for Social Policy at the University of Bremen (inter alia, German Research Foundation Project “New forms of self-employment in culture occupations”, led by Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall; specialist reports inter alia for the Enquete Commission “Culture in Germany” of the German parliament, Ver.di, SOFI (Sociological Research Institute) Göttingen; leader of German Ministry of Family Affairs project, “Individualisation of Benefits under Social Security Code II” and of projects on labour market policy within the framework of the EU excellence network RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe)
  • Since April 2009 Professor of Social Sciences, specialising in the sociology of work and organisations at the Berlin School of Economics and Law

Key Aspects of practise

  • Expert reports and research consultancy in the areas of changing employment patterns and social and labour market policy, particularly from the point of view of gender

International contacts (e. g.)

  • Member of the excellence network “RECWOWE – Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe” of the 6th Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, with academics from the field of social and labour market policy research from almost all member states
  • Member of ESPAnet – Network for European Social Policy Analysis
  • Member of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19)
  • Member of SAMF (Association for Sociological Job Market Research) e.V. (registered association) and of the German Sociological Association (Sections: Gender Research and Social Policy)

External relations

  • Associate member of Centre for Social Policy at the University of Bremen
  • International degree course in Political Management at University of Bremen (Prof. Dr. Silke Bothfeld)
  • Research academic inter alia at universities in Aalborg, Edinburgh, Geneva, Milan, Navarra, Paris, Stirling, Utrecht within the framework of the EU network RECWOWE
  • Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) Göttingen – collaborative project on socio-economic reporting in Germany
  • Socio-economic Panel (SOEP) of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • Research team for International Job Market (FIA) – Dr. Alexandra Wagner
  • Hans-Böckler Foundation (Project sub-committee)
  • Ver.di (United Services Union), National Executive Committee unit for the self-employed

Expert for

  • Changes in work and in employment structures, particularly for highly qualified staff in service occupations; employment in non-profit organisations
  • Gender relations and their institutional framework
  • Social and job market policy, particularly from a gender perspective and in comparison with the rest of Europe

Key Aspects in Teaching

  • Changing work patterns
  • Sociological aspects of services
  • Sociological and ethical aspects of behavioural processes in marketing and the economy

Research Projects and Fields

  • Institutional and social aspects of activation (project within the framework of the EU excellence network RECWOWE, 6th EU Framework Programme, 2007-9): comparative analysis of institutional regulation of activating job market policies and its implications for equal opportunities in seven EU states
  • New self-employed work patterns in culture occupations (German Research Foundation, Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall, University of Bremen, 2000-04): a predominantly qualitative investigation of the employment pattern “solo self-employment” in the highly qualified service sector of the culture industry; question concerning new patterns of occupational professionalism, career profiles, social insurance and also new work and life forms and gender arrangements

Research Projects Abstracts

Individualisation of benefits under Social Security Code II: sociological analysis of equal opportunities in employment support (sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, 2008-09): legal and sociological project commissioned by the Deutscher Juristinnenbund (German Association of Female Law Graduates) (together with Prof. Dr. Ursula Rust, bigas (Bremen Institute for German, European and International Gender, Employment and Social Law) at the University of Bremen) on the consequences of the concept in Social Security Code II of the “community in need of welfare” for equal gender opportunities, particularly regarding access to employment support. Alongside secondary analyses of research into the effects of Social Security Code II, an empirical analysis was conducted with data from the socio-economic panel; a workshop for experts was held (Evangelical Academy Loccum, 29th/30th September 2009).

The impact of activation on social citizenship (project within the framework of the EU excellence network RECWOWE, 6th EU Framework Programme, 2008-11): The effects of an activating labour market policy on social citizenship and social inequality in a comparison of 12 countries; workshops for experts in Bremen, Utrecht, Stirling; planned publication of a collection of country case studies (together with Prof. Dr. Silke Bothfeld, University of Bremen).

Selected, current Publications

  • Sigrid Betzelt, Joachim Lange, Ursula Rust (Hg.) (2009): Wer wird aktiviert und warum (nicht)? Erste Erkenntnisse zur Realisierung der gleichstellungspolitischen Ziele des SGB II, Loccumer Protokolle 79/08, Rehburg-Loccum
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2009): Strukturelle Armutsrisiken von Frauen im Erwerbsalter - Arbeitslosigkeit, Erwerbsarbeit und ihre politische Regulierung, in: ZGF (Bremische Zentralstelle für die Verwirklichung der Gleichberechtigung der Frau) (Hg.): Programmierte Frauenarmut? Armutsrisiken von Frauen im Lebensverlauf: Problemanalysen und Lösungsstrategien, Fachtagung in der Bremischen Bürgerschaft 17. Juni 2008, 54-67
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2008): Universelle Erwerbsbürgerschaft und Geschlechter(un)gleichheit - Einblicke in das deutsche Aktivierungsregime unter "Hartz IV", in: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 54. Jg., H. 3, 305-327
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2008): Zur begrenzten Nachhaltigkeit flexibler Erwerbsformen - das Beispiel hoch qualifizierter Alleinselbständiger, in: Marc Szydlik (Hg.), Flexibilisierung - Folgen für Familie und Sozialstruktur, 93-112., Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2008): Activation Policies From a Gender-Sensible Citizenship Perspective: A Tentative Analytical Framework, Zes-Arbeitspapier Nr. 3/2008, Zentrum für Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2007): Hartz IV aus Gender-Sicht: Einige Befunde und viele offene Fragen, in: WSI-Mitteilungen 60 (6): 298-304
  • Sigrid Betzelt; Gottschall, Karin (2007): Jenseits von Profession und Geschlecht? Erwerbsmuster in Kulturberufen, in: Regine Gildemeister; Angelika Wetterer (Hg.), Erosion oder Reproduktion geschlechtlicher Differenzierungen?, 122-144, Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2007): "Gender Regimes": Ein ertragreiches Konzept für die komparative Forschung. Literaturstudie, Zes-Arbeitspapier Nr. 12/2007, Zentrum für Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
  • Sigrid Betzelt (2006): Flexible Wissensarbeit: AlleindienstleisterInnen zwischen Privileg und Prekarität, Zes-Arbeitspapier Nr. 3/2006, Zentrum für Sozialpolitik, Universität Bremen
  • Sigrid Betzelt; Gottschall, Karin (2005): Flexible Bindungen – prekäre Balancen. Ein neues Erwerbsmuster bei hochqualifizierten Alleindienstleistern, in: Martin Kronauer; Gudrun Linne (Hg.), Flexicurity. Die Suche nach Sicherheit in der Flexibilität, 275-294, Berlin: edition sigma

Selected dissertation topics

  • Winners of the job market reforms? On the effects of Social Security Code II on female single parents (Masters thesis at University of Bremen)
  • Employment support through productive cooperatives in welfare states. An international comparison (Masters thesis at University of Bremen)