I am Professor of Public Policy and Co-director of the Jaques-Delors-Centre at the Hertie School in Berlin. Between 2016 and 2019 I was the Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. The WSI is a research institute within the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, a non-profit organisation fostering co-determination and promoting research and academic study on behalf of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).
From 2009 until 2012 I was Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. I studied political science, economics and law in Bonn and at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1996, I joined the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, obtained my Phd in 1998 and completed my postdoctoral lecture qualification in 2003.
In 2003/2004, I worked for the Planning Department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (BMWA) and then joined the Jacobs University Bremen as Professor of Sociology. I received Fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Volkswagen Stiftung, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Hans Böckler Stiftung. I was a member of the fact-finding Enquete Commission of the German Federal Parliament on “Growth, Wealth, Quality of Life” of the German Bundestag in 2012-13; of the expert commission on the future of the Hans Böckler Foundation (2015-17) and chairwoman of the expert group on Workers' Voice and Good Corporate Governance in Transnational Companies in Europe (2015-2018).
I have also been a member of the German Federal Government's Hightech-Forum since January 2019. You find my professional affiliations here. I am on scholar and twitter.