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Professor Traute Meyer PhD

Professor of Social Policy, Director of Teaching

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Professor Traute Meyer is Professor of Social Policy within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton.

Traute joined the Division in January 2000. After receiving a Diploma in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, she had a PhD studentship at the Research Unit "Labour Market Policy and Employment" of the Social Science Research Center Berlin. In 1995 she was awarded a PhD from the Department of Political Science of the Free University of Berlin, where she taught as a lecturer between 1994 and 1999.

Research interests

Her work contributes to comparative welfare state research in Europe, and it explores in particular the role of private agents as social policy players in European pension regimes. Until October 2008 (10/06-09/08) Traute was team leader of the research project "The reconstruction of British and German pension regimes" (with P. Bridgen, Southampton and B. Riedmüller, Berlin). The project was a part of the research initiative "Sustainable welfare and sustainable growth - towards a new social settlement in Germany and the United Kingdom?", coordinated by Jochen Clasen (Edinburgh), funded by the Anglo-German Foundation. The results have been published by Oxford University Press in June 2011. Traute was involved in two six-country comparative projects. She was the scientific co-ordinator (with P. Bridgen) of "Private Pensions and Social Inclusion in Europe" (January 2003-October 2005; EU, FP5), and principal investigator for the British part of "Formal and informal work in Europe" (11/02-09/05; EU, FP5). Since January 2007 Traute has been one of the editors of the Journal of European Social Policy and she is a board member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)

Work in progress

Traute has been a co-investigator (with J. Clasen, P-I, and A Smith, University of Edinburgh) in the ESRC funded research project: "Welfare markets and personal risk management in England and Scotland", October 2009-November 2011. The project explored quantitatively and qualitatively how and why middle class households develop different strategies responding to current financial risks.

Since October 2012 she has been co-investigator in a project on European migration and social rights: "Free movement, pension costs: the projected pension outcomes of European Union migrants to Britain in comparative perspective", which is part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Population Change (with P. Bridgen, 2011-13).

Research project(s)

The reconstruction of British and German pension regimes

Welfare markets and personal risk management in England and Scotland

Free movement, pension costs: the projected pension outcomes of European Union migrants to Britain in comparative perspective

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Student Exchange Officer

Traute was the co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy: and she was a board member of the Network for European Social Policy Analysis (both 2008 to 2017)

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Traute teaches comparative social policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
She has been the supervisor of PhD research projects in different areas of comparative social policy, including comparisons of South-East Asian and European social policy, analyses of the impact of European welfare regimes on citizens’ poverty risks and the politics of welfare reform.

Traute Meyer and Heribert Karch of MetallRente in a discussion about the social impact of German pension reforms and what options there are for trade unions and employers. Berlin, 12.8.2014

Interview in Programme on German pension reforms and lessons from Europe on the ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Frontal 21, on 10.6.2014

Comment in the tageszeitung on German pension reform and its impact, Berlin, 10.3. 2014!134497/

Comment on gender implications of German pension reforms in Frauenrat 4/2014 (please see useful downloads):

Professor Traute Meyer
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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