Since studying theology and sociology in Tübingen, Rome and Frankfurt on Main, both fields of study have left their mark on my professional career.
As theologian I focused on biblical studies using my knowledge in sociology to shed new light on the literary style and the socio-historical background of the New Testament. From 1996 to 2002 I worked on these topics as research assistant at the University of Münster.
As sociologist I specialised in industrial relations in Germany and Europe focusing on situations where employees have difficulties to enforce their rights.
- From 1993 to 1995 I worked in a research project on industrial relations in the construction industry as well as the hotel and catering sector. A comparative study involving Germany and France I was responsible for the French part of the project and conducted numerous interviews with experts, social partners and employees from both sectors in France.
- From 2003 to 2009 I worked as senior researcher at the Technische Universität München, inter alia on two major research projects. The first concerned a study of workplaces without works councils in Germany, while the second project studied German companies who failed to set up a European Works Council.
- From 2009 to 2011 I worked as senior researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, in particular in the “BALANCE” project commissioned to coordinate a government funded research program on the balance of flexibility and stability at work.
- Since 2011 I’m responsible for the Priority Support Area “Changes in Co-determination” at the Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf.
Starting with my studies in Rome and further developed through empirical research in France international comparative research and a European perspective have become very important for me. As a member of the EU-level team of the network of correspondents for Eurofound’s information reporting services from 2006 to 2010 I have developed an intimate understanding of European industrial relations.
In my spare time I play guitar singing chansons, Bossa Nova, folk songs, and jazz standards. Since 1996 I’m on tour in Germany and Europe with the folk band Pont neuf.