Oldenburg (CETRO)

Logo CETROThe Jean Monnet Centre for Europeanisation and Transnational Regulations at the University of Oldenburg (CETRO) focuses on the Europeanisation of national societies via the transnational regulation of social, labour and economic relations within the European Union (EU).

We analyse

  • the impact of the EU and European economic policies (especially the common market, the monetary union and the liberalisation of public services) on national economies in Europe,
  • the corresponding (trans-)formation of the European social model and its crucial institutional pillars, the national welfare policies, labour law, collective bargaining systems and other labour market regulations, and
  • the interaction and mutual reinforcement of different forms of governance (joint regulation by common legal rules, mutual recognition of national regulations, private regulation in transnational networks, “negative integration” via economic externalities, redistribution and “softer”, more participative forms of policy coordination).

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Our emphasis on the links between economic, social and regulatory aspects is motivated by the current situation of the EU which is characterised by an asymmetry between the economic and the socio-political dimensions of transnational integration: faced with a growing scepticism towards further Europeanisation and globalisation, the EU has to take into account the social implications of European integration and in particular its impact on national welfare systems, labour law and collective bargaining relations.

Prof. Dr. Martin Heidenreich

Martin Heidenreichis Professor of Sociology with special attention to Social Stratification, is the Scientific Coordinator of COPE. He has been Jean-Monnet Chair for European Studies at the university of Bamberg, senior researcher at the Center for Technology Assessment in Baden-Württemberg and acting professor at the Universities of Saarbrücken, Cologne and Paderborn, Founding director of the Bamberg Center for European Studies and founding member of the graduate school “Markets and Social Systems in Europe” at Bamberg University. His research interests are regional and national patterns of work, management and innovation. Past and current research has been funded by numerous agencies including the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, the Volkswagenstiftung and different ministries.

Katharina Zimmermann

KMZ5Katharina Zimmermann is a Research Fellow  at the CvO University of Oldenburg. She has a degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bremen. Her research interests include Europeanisation, Multi-Level Governance and Social and Employment Policies. Katharina Zimmermann has previously worked as researcher and interim project manager in another FP7 project (LOCALISE). She is currently accomplishing her PhD thesis on “Europeanisation by Structural Funding”, a study which is interested in the impact of financial incentives in the field of employment policies in European municipalities.

Norbert Petzold

Norbert Petzoldis Research Fellow and Phd student at the CvO University of Oldenburg. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research from the University of Bremen. His research interests are social inclusion, poverty and life-course. He is currently working on his PhD thesis „Long-term receipt of UB II“, a qualitative study which is interested in the impact of active inclusion policies on the subjective organisation of long-term social assistance beneficiaries’ lives.