Short CV/Education and training

  • 1979 – 1981
    Research Fellow at the Department of Social Sciences of the Georg-August-University of Göttingen

  • 1982 – 1991
    Research Fellow and Senior Researcher at the Central Research Unit "Work and Firm" of the University of Bremen

  • 1989
    Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge

  • 1991 – 1992
    (Wintersemester) Visiting Professor for Work and Labour Market Policies at the Department of Social Policies of the University of Tampere/Finnland

  • 1992 – 1998
    Senior Lecturer for Sociology (C1) at the Department of Social Sciences and the Central Research Unit ‘Work and Region’ of the University of Bremen

  • 1998
    Associate Professor (C2) for General Sociology and Comparative Social Research at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Bremen

  • 1998 – 1999
    Professor for Sociology of Social Structure Analyses and Welfare State Development (C2) at the University of Applied Economics Berlin

  • 1997 – 2000
    Shortlisted for professor positions in Sociology at the University of Bremen, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf.

  • 2000 – 2003
    Professor for Comparative Analyses of Contemporary Societies (C3) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena

  • 2003
    Call for a position as Full Professor (C4) at the Institute for Sociology of the University of Hamburg; external members of the recruitment commission: Prof. Dr. Sir Ralf Dahrendorf, President of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London, U.K.; Prof. Dr. Beate Kohler-Koch, University of Mannheim, President of the Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (German Association for Political Sciences, DVPW); Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Neidhard, former President of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Scientific Center Berlin); Prof. Dr. Fritz Scharpf, Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study on Societies, Cologne

  • since 2003
    Full Professor for Sociology with the Chair for Social Structure Analyses at the Institute for Sociology of the University of Hamburg

  • since 2004
    also Co-Director of the Research Institute "Centre for Globalisation and Governance" of the Faculty for Business, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Hamburg

  • 2006
    Visiting Professor at the Departament de Sociologia, Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona

  • 2007 – 2008
    (Winter Semester) Visiting Professor at the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Aalborg University

  • 2011-2014 Honorary Professor for Comparative Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark

  • 2014-2016 also Professor for Comparative Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark (Research Professorship in part-time)

Selected publications

  • Frericks, P., Jensen, P. H., Pfau-Effinger, B. (2014), Social rights and employment rights related to family care: Family care regimes in Europe, Journal of Ageing Studies;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B., Schwindt, N., (2013) Work and Family in the German Welfare State?, Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work, 2013;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B.(2012) Women's employment in institutional and cultural context", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32, 9;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B., Smidt, M. (2011) Differences in Women's Employment Patterns and Family Policies: Eastern and Western Germany, Community, Work & Family 14, 2;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B. (2009) Varieties of undeclared work in European societies, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47,1;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B. (2005): Welfare State Policies and the development of care arrangements. European Societies 7, 2; among top ten of most cited articles of all articles ever published in the journal, last view 13.12.2016

  • Pfau-Effinger, B. (2005): Culture and Welfare State Policies: Reflections on a Complex Interrelation. Journal of Social Policy 34, 1; among top ten of most cited articles of all articles ever published in the journal, last view 19.10.2016

  • Pfau-Effinger, B., (2004): Historical paths of the male breadwinner family model ? explanation for cross-national differences. British Journal of Sociology, 55, 3;

  • Pfau-Effinger, B. (1998): Gender cultures and the gender arrangement – a theoretical framework for cross-national comparisons on gender. Innovation: the European Journal of Social Sciences, 11, 2;

  • Pfau-Effinger, Birgit (1993): “Modernisation, Culture and Part-Time Employment: The Example of Finland and West Germany”, Work, Employment and Society 7,3). The British Sociological Association has 2012 appointed this article as “favourite WES article from the last 25 years”



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • International EU project in the Call 2010 of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) "FLOWS. Impact of local welfare systems on female labour force participation and social cohesion" in an international collaboration, funding of 2,7 million Euros, 2011 – 2014 (coordination Per H. Jensen, University of Aalborg); participation in the scientific leadership (leader/co-leader of 3 workpackages and the Hamburg project).

  • International research project "Tensions related to care work in European welfare states" in an international collaboration, within the framework of the Network of Excellence "Reconciling Work and Welfare" (RECWOWE) within the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), 2006 ? 2011

  • Research project with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), "Local restructuring of elder-care", funding of 164,000 Euros, 2006 – 2009

  • Coordinator of the EU research project "Formal and informal work in Europe" (FIWE) within the EU's Fifth Framework Programme (FP5), 2003 – 2006, funding of 1 million Euros

  • Management Committee, Chair of Central Stream in COST A13 Action of EU/European Science Foundation "Changing Labour Markets, Welfare Policies and Citizenship", 1998 – 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Board of ESPAnet (Network for European Social Policy Analysis) from 01/2016

  • Senate commission and grants committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the Collaborative Research Centres 2008-2014,

  • Advisory Board des Cluster for Research on the Informal Sector and Policy (CRISP) an der University of Sheffield, since 2012

  • Board of Directors of the Association of the Research Institutes for Social Sciences (ASI), since 2006

  • Advisory Board of the European Data Centre for Work and Welfare of the EU 6th Framework Programme Network of Excellence "Reconciling Work and Welfare in European Societies" (RECWOWE), since 2006

  • Governing Committee of the EU 6th Framework Programme Network of Excellence "Reconciling Work and Welfare" (RECWOWE), since 2006

  • Management Committee of the COST A13 Action Programme "Changing Labour Markets, Welfare Policies and Citizenship" (2009-2003), Chair of a central working group, 1999 – 2003

  • Chair of the Working Group "Gender Issues" of the COST A13 Action Programme der EU "Changing Labour Markets, Welfare Policies and Citizenship?" , 1998 – 2003

  • Vice Chair of the Scientific Network "Gender Inequality and the European Regions", European Science Foundation (Chair: Prof. Simon Duncan, University of Bradford), 1996-1998

  • Board of directors of the German Association for Labour Market Research in Social Sciences (SAMF), 1991 – 1998

  • Scientific Advisory Board Member for the National Research Programme (NFP) "Problems of the welfare state" of the Swiss National Science Foundation

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • married, one daughter


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