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  • Post-doc thesis (Habilitation), University of Bremen, Faculty of Sociology, January 2007. Thesis ‘Modernising health care. Reinventing professions, the state and the public’ (Policy Press, 2006)
  • PhD Sociology, University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology, December 1998. Thesis (in German) on ‘Gender, professionalization and professions. A historical and empirical study of dentistry’, summa cum laude/with excellence (Leske+Budrich, 1998)
  • MA Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Public Health, April 1996. Thesis (in German) on ‘Lay concepts of health’ (Lit Verlag, 1996)
  • MA Sociology, University of Göttingen, Faculty of Sociology, October 1993. Thesis (in German) on ‘Sexual harassment at the workplace’, 1st grade (Centaurus, 1996)
  • Specialized nurse for anaesthesiology and intensive care, University Hospital Göttingen, October 1988
  • Registered nurse (Krankenschwester), March 1983, University Hospital Göttingen

About me


I am currently Research Group Leader of Health Policy and Management at the Institute of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research, Medical School Hannover, Germany. My research focuses on four areas with particular interest in international comparison and in global health policy: (1) healthcare systems, policy and governance, (2) health workforce governance and professions, (3) organization and management, (4) gender and public health. My research interests reflect my own professional background as registered nurse specialised in intensive care/anaesthesiology, Master Public Health, and a PhD and post-doc qualification (Habilitation) in sociology with theses addressing issues of healthcare, policy and professions and gender relations.
My previous employment positions in Germany include among others Interim Professorships at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Technical University Dortmund, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt in Germany, Guest Professor of Healthcare and Policy, University of Siegen, and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Social Policy Bremen, Germany. I gathered clinical experience in nursing in a university hospital and in a mental health/geriatric hospital, and was programme coordinator for 'health promotion at the workplace' at a sickness fund.

International employment positions include two Guest Professorships at Aarhus University, Denmark, Department of Public Health (2019, spring term) and Department of Political Science (2012, spring term), Guest/ Senior Researcher at the Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2015, FORTE/ Swedish Research Council research grant) and Senior Lecturer for Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Bath, UK (2007-12). Fellowships at McMaster University Canada, Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA) Oslo, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Kaoshiung Medical University Taiwan add further international experience.
I have served as consultant to the WHO European Region and advisor to the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy on health workforce issues as well as to national committees and professional associations in Germany on health professions and on gender in public health. Currently I am President of the new section 'Health Workforce Research' of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).
Further international experiences and professional responsibilities include having served as Vice-President of the European Sociological Association (ESA) (2011-13), as President of Research Committee 52 ‘Professional Groups’ of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (2012-16), and member of the Executive Board of ISA Research Committee 15 ‘Health’ (2014-18). I was member of the Management Committee of the EU FP7 COST action on ‘Medicine and Management’ (IS0903) where I chaired a Working Group. I have served as Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research and of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) Journal ‘Health Services Management Research’. I am sitting on the Editorial Boards of numerous international journals and serve as reviewer for a wide range of international journals, for the EU COST action programme and for national research councils and foundations in several European countries.