Sigrid Betzelt

Sigrid Betzelt, Dr. phil., has been a professor of social sciences, specialising in the sociology of work and organisations, at the Berlin School of Economics and Law since April 2009. Prior to this position she was a research associate and manager of various third party funded projects (financed by e.g. the EU, the German Research Foundation, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs) at the Centre for Social Policy Research and the Institute for Local Social Policy and Non-Profit Organisations at the University of Bremen. Sigrid Betzelt has prepared specialist reports on labour market and social policy as well as gender equality issues for several institutions. During the last years, she edited a volume on the impact of “activating” labour market policies on social citizenship and social inequality, which was a product of joint work within the EU-funded Network of Excellence RECWOWE (Work and Welfare in Europe), and prepared an expert opinion on the gender equality implications of Social Code II and III for the first official report of the German Federal Government on equal opportunity policies. She is currently leading an empirical mixed-methods project on the group of unemployed not entitled to benefits in Germany, funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. She is involved in FESSUD-WP5 which examines the impact of financialisation on the well-being of households, based on a representative survey in five European countries. Sigrid Betzelt is also a member of the Harriet-Taylor-Mill-Institute for Economics and Gender Studies at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.


  • Changes in work and employment structures
  • Labour market and social policy at the national level and from a European comparative perspective as well as their effects on social rights, inequality and gender

Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • Betzelt, Sigrid (2018): Armut und Gender. In:Petra Böhnke, Jörg Dittmann, Jan Goebel (Hrsg.): Handbuch Armut. Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich (im Erscheinen). 
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bode Ingo: Angst im Sozialstaat. Hintergründe und Konsequenzen. WISO Direkt 38-2017, herausgegeben von Friedrich-Ebert-Stufung, Bonn. 
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Ebach, Mareike; Schmidt, Tanja; Kedenburg, Olga (2017): Individuelle Autonomie im Status Arbeitslosigkeit ohne Leistungsbezug? Eine empirische Analyse, Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 63 (3), S. 447-482. 
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Santos, Ana Cordeiro; Lopes, Claudia (2017): Financialization and Work in the EU: Inequality, Debt, and Labour Market Segmentation, World Economic Society (Revista de Economía Mundial) Vol. 17 (46), pp.91-116.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bode, Ingo (2017): „Fatal funktional? Angstmobilisierung im liberalisierten Wohlfahrtskapitalismus“, Leviathan, Jg. 45(2), 192-220. 
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bode, Ingo (2017): German Angst in a liberalized world of welfare capitalism. The hidden problem with post-conservative welfare policies. In: Social Policy Review 29. Analysis and debate in social policy, edited by John Hudson et al., Bristol: Policy Press, 127-150. 
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Santos, Ana Cordeiro; Lopes, Claudia (2016): Financialisation and Work: New transdisciplinary insights from micro-level survey data. IPE Working Paper 77/2016, Institute of International Political Economy, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin. (download:
  • Betzelt, Sigrid (2015): The Myth of more Social Inclusion through Activation Reforms: The Case of Germany. IPE Working Paper 57/2015, Institute of International Political Economy, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin. (download:
  • Betzelt, Sigrid (2015): Die deutsche Wende zur „Aktivierung“: Aus Gender-Sicht mehr Flop als Top, in: Friederike matters, Discussion Paper 26/2015 des Harriet-Taylor-Mill-Instituts, HWR Berlin, hrsg. von Miriam Beblo, Andrea-Hilla Carl, Claudia Gather, Dorothea Schmidt (download:, 58-66.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bothfeld, Silke (2014): Autonomie – ein neues Leitbild einer modernen Arbeitsmarktpolitik, WISO-direkt, herausgegeben von der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Abteilung Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik, Berlin.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid (2014): Die kosteneffiziente 'Aktivierungsstrategie' Arbeitsloser ohne Leistungsanspruch - Exklusion statt Inklusion, vor allem von Frauen, Sozialer Fortschritt,
    Jg. 63, H. 7, 162-170.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bothfeld, Silke (2013): Activation, social citizenship and autonomy in Europe, in: Ramia, Gaby/Farnsworth, Kevin/Irving, Zoe (eds): Social Policy Review 25. Analysis and debate in social policy, Bristol: Policy Press, 249-270.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bothfeld, Silke, eds. (2011): Activation and Labour Market Reforms in Europe. Challenges to Social Citizenship. Work and Welfare in Europe Series. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Betzelt, Sigrid; Bothfeld, Silke (2011): "Incoherent strategies – fragmented outcomes. Raising women's employment rate in Germany", German Policy Studies, Special Issue: "Integration in European Labour Market Politics", Vol. 7 (1), 73-106.