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Dr Karen M. Anderson PhD in Political Science, University of Washington (USA)

Associate Professor of Social Policy, Examinations Officer, Erasmus and Student Exchange Coordinator

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Dr Karen M. Anderson is Associate Professor of Social Policy within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Karen M. Anderson is Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Southampton. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Washington (Seattle) and has held positions in political science at Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), in public administration at Leiden University (NL) and in sociology at the University of Twente (NL). 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 the author of Social Policy in the European Union (Palgrave, 2015) and the editor (with Ellen M. Immergut and Isabelle Schulze) of the Handbook of West European Pension Politics (Oxford University Press, 2007). Her work has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, West European Politics, Canadian Journal of Sociology, and the Journal of Public Policy.






Research interests

Karen Anderson is curently working on three externally funded research projects:

1. “Freedom of Choice in Occupational Pensions” with Lei Delsen, Radboud University Nijmegen). Funded by Stichting Instituut Gak

2. “The Paradox of Health Care Futures”, funded by NORFACE and part of a five country international research project.

3. “State, Risk, and Society (STARS)” project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research the Hertie School of Governance. Project leader is Anke Hassel (Hertie School) and research partners are Waltraud Schelkle (LSE) and Deborah Mabbett (Birkbeck)

Erasmus and Student Exchange Coordinator

2009- Member of Editorial Board, Journal of European Social Policy.

2008- Member of Editorial Board, Journal for Labour Market Research (previously Zeitschrift für Arbeitsmarktforschung).

2013- Chairperson of Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for Labor Market and Employment Research (IAB), Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Nürnberg, Germany. Member since 2007.

2009- Member of Curatorium for The Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Community at the University of Trier, Germany.



Book Chapters

Karen Anderson gives lectures and seminars in the following courses: Transformations of the Modern World; Policy & Politics of the Welfare State; and Research Skills.

Dr Karen M. Anderson
Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom


Room Number:58/4037

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