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Alphabetical List of Researchers

Hamed, Sarah | University of Uppsala
Lopez Lopez, Mónica | University of Groningen
Roescu, Andra | European University Institute, Florence (EUI)
Schneider, Simone | Max-Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
Seibel, Verena | University of Groningen
Taylor-Gooby, Peter | University of Kent
Zimmermann, Katharina | Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, European University Institute, Florence (EUI)

Sarah Hamed | University of Uppsala

UPWEB Sarah HamedI have been working as a research assistant in the UPWEB project. After the project’s end I have started my PhD at the sociology department at the University of Uppsala. My research is about racism in Swedish healthcare.

Sarah can be contacted via:

Mónica Lopez Lopez | University of Groningen

LopezHestia is far from over! In 2019, several publications from this research project will see the day of light. In the coming months, Mónica will be busy editing the ‘Handbook on Decision Making and Judgements in Child Welfare and Protection: Theory, Research and Practice’ (Oxford University Press), which includes a chapter from Hestia. Mónica is currently coordinating the project ‘Audre’ on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ young people in out-of-home care, and project ‘Matching’ focused on the professional decision-making processes of matching children and foster families. Moreover, Hestia has revealed a high variability in decision-making in the child protection systems compared, opening new research questions that the team will try to address in a new grant proposal. Long live to Hestia!

Monica can be contacted via

Andra Roescu | European University Institute, Florence (EUI)

andra roescuAfter being part of the team focusing on the Dutch health care system within the HEALTHDOX project, Andra Roescu has been awarded a Max Weber Fellowship in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. During her time at the EUI she will continue her research on health care, focusing on the public opinion – policy link in different institutional settings, both in the form of voting behaviour and of policy responsiveness.

Andra can be contacted at:

Simone Schneider | Max-Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy


Since November 2017, Simone Schneider is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich ( She is working on building the “Social Policy and Law Shared Database” (SPLASH, previously PERFAR), which will provide legal information on changes in social policy across European countries. Inspired by her previous work within the HEALTHDOX project, she will also continue working on topics related to healthcare and public opinion.

Simone can be contacted via s.schneider (at)

Verena Seibel | University of Groningen

Verena SeibelAfter three enriching years as Post-Doc at the University of Konstanz (Prof. Dr. Claudia Diehl) as part of the MIFARE Project Verena Seibel just moved to the Netherlands, where  she was recently appointed Assistant Professor at the Sociology Department of the University of Groningen. Her current research projects are concerned with migrants’ attitudes and knowledge about their welfare rights with specific focus on healthcare and childcare. She is also interested in the relation between gender, migration, and the welfare state.  In her future work she will apply a social network approach in order to further understand the emergence and development of migrants’ welfare state attitudes.

Verena can be contacted via: v.m.k.seibel (at)

Peter Taylor-Gooby | University of Kent

WelfSOC Peter Taylor GobyLife with WSF is not quite over for Peter Taylor-Gooby, Heejung Chung and Ben Leruth on the Welfsoc project. They are still working as a team on at least three new papers and have others in press. They will also deposit the data for others to work on shortly. Peter is planning to take a change of direction with a research project on what novels tell us about values of responsibility and individualism in modern society. He is also working on his next novel. WSF has been a very positive experience. The team has been able to use democratic forums to explore attitudes and how people link them together for the first time in social policy research.

Peter can be contacted via: P.F.Taylor-gooby (at)

Katharina Zimmermann | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, European University Institute, Florence (EUI)

ZimmerAfter three very exciting and inspiring years in the German WelfSOC team (together with Steffen Mau and Jan-Ocko Heuer), Katharina is still based at the Humboldt-University. From September to December 2018, she is a visiting fellow at the European University Institute with Ellen Immergut – a fantastic opportunity which emerged out of the Welfare State Futures Programme. At the EUI, Katharina works on a paper on welfare attitudes for which she uses the rich empirical material gathered in WelfSOC. She will also continue to analyse the WelfSOC data in the future, in cooperation with other WelfSOC and Welfare State Futures researchers.

Katharina can be contacted via: