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Stephan Köppe

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Social Policy

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice


01 716 8275
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Office Hours: June-August 2018 by appointment I have joined UCD after having worked in the UK (Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dundee) and Germany (University of Bremen, Centre for Social Policy Research) as well as research visits in Sweden (University of Stockholm, Linnaeus University/Växjö). In semester 1 of academic year 2018/19, I am going to be a visiting professor at the Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Department at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).My research interest lies in the area of comparative social policy with in-depth knowledge of German and Swedish welfare states. A particular focus of my research and teaching is in the privatisation of social policy and welfare markets which ranges from private pensions to housing wealth, asset-based welfare and private school choices. Generally, I am interested in current affairs and as a political animal would watch election nights in Ireland and Germany. In my PhD I have compared the governance, politics and regulation of welfare markets in Germany, Sweden and the United States (graduate of BIGSSS). In my post-doctoral career I have moved towards studying the individual and household behaviour in markets and responses to the demands of choice, such as choosing between private schools, managing private pension portfolios, planning for long term care or considering occupational welfare. Currently, I am still involved in the The Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap (University of Dundee) project and responsible for the network administration of INTEGRATE (International Network of Generational Transfers). My book "Welfare Markets. Privatising Education and Pensions in Germany, Sweden and the US" has been published in 2015 by Campus (in German). You can find more about my publications at ORCID ID Researcher ID C-3962-2008 Scopus ID 57016591200 My Google Scholar profile can be accessed here. Deutsch / German Seit 2015 forsche und lehre ich als Assistenzprofessor für Sozialpolitik am Fachbereich für Sozialpolitik, Sozialarbeit und Soziale Gerechtigkeit. Dort lehre ich vergleichende Wohlfahrtstaatsforschung in den Themenbreichen Soziale Sicherung, Soziale Dienste und Politikfeldanalyse. In meiner Forschung beschäftige ich mich mit Wohlfahrtsmärkten und der Privatisierung von Wohlfahrtsprogrammen. Dabei untersuche ich sowohl politikwissenschaftliche als auch soziologische Fragestellungen. Einerseits interessieren mich Marktreformen und wie Wohlfahrtsmärkte reguliert werden, anderseits untersuche ich die Verteilungseffekte von privaten Wohlfahrtsprogrammen. Beispielsweise behandelt meine Promotion die Einführung der privater Renten (u.a. Riester-Rente) und die Regulierung von Privatschulen in Deutschland, Schweden und den Vereinigten Staaten. Meine sozialpolitische Expertise erstreckt sich über mehrere Politikfelder (Rente, Bildung, Schulen, Wohnungswesen), Länder (Irland, Großbritannien, Schottland) und Methoden (qualitativ und quantitativ, Sequenzanalyse, Diskursanalyse, Netzwerkanalyse).Doktoranden die an obigen Themengebieten arbeiten sind bei uns immer herzlich willkommen, sowohl zum kompletten Studium als auch für Gastaufenthalte. Svensk / Swedish Min forskning handlar om privata socialpolitiken, till exempel privata pensioner, premiepension, friskolor o.m.m.


  • Visiting Professor
    University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland1 Oct 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2015 - present
  • Research Fellow
    University of Dundee1 Oct 2013 - 31 Dec 2014
  • Research Fellow
    University of St Andrews1 Apr 2012 - 30 Sep 2013
  • Visiting Fellow
    University of Edinburgh1 Dec 2011 - 31 Mar 2012
  • Research Fellow
    University of Edinburgh1 Oct 2009 - 30 Nov 2011
  • Research Assistant
    University of Bremen1 Jan 2007 - 30 Sep 2010


  • Dr Rer Pol
    University of Bremen Germany2007 - 2014
  • Other
    University of Bremen Germany2001 - 2006


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  • German
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  • Swedish
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