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Academic and Professional Background

Sigrid Betzelt is sociologist focussing on sociology of work and labour markets, labour market policy and social policy, in particular from a gender perspective. At University of Bremen, she has conducted empirical and theoretical work on activating labour market policies, the flexibilization of work, new forms of self-employment and social security systems in comparative perspective, work in the cultural industries and the ‘Third Sector’, funded by the European Commission, the German Research Council, the Federal Ministry of Family and other institutions.

Expertise in

Labour market and social policy on the national and European level and their effects on social citizens' rights, social inequality and in particular the category of gender

  • Structural changes in the labour force, particularly skilled workers in service occupations; employment in non profit organizations
  • Gender relations and their institutional framing (gender regimes)

Academic Networks

  • Board director of the section Social Policy at the German Sociological Association (DGS)
  • Member of ESPAnet - Network for European Social Policy Analysis
  • Member of International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC 19) 
  • Member of German Association for Social Science Labour Market Research (SAMF e.V.) and German Sociological Association (DGS, section Gender Studies, section Social Policy)
  • Member of Networks of Excellence (NoE) "RECWOWE - Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe" of the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission, with scholars of social and labour market policy research from almost all EU member states (2006-11)


  • Centre for social policy research at the University of Bremen, associate member
  • Bremen University, International Degree Course in Policy Management (Prof. Dr. Silke Bothfeld)
  • Scholars from various universities, among others Aalborg, Edinburgh, Genf, Mailand, Navarra, Paris, Stirling, Utrecht under the EU network RECWOWE 
  • Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI e.V.), joint project Socioeconomic Reporting Germany
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Dep. Socioeconomic Panel
  • Research Team International Labour Market (FIA, Dr. Alexandra Wagner)
  • Hans Böckler Foundation (Project Advisory Committee)
  • United Services Union (ver.di), Unit "Free" of the Federal Executive