I am a sociologist specializing in the sociology of work and labour markets and institutional theory. My general interest is in the informal side of processes of labour market deregulation and institutional change and its implications for social integration, which I study at different levels of analysis and in comparative perspective.
I carried out my dissertation research both as a doctoral fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy in Cologne, and as a visiting doctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course at Yale University. I received my D.Phil. in 2009 (summa cum laude) from the University of Duisburg-Essen. It was awarded two best dissertation awards, by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen (Dissertationspreis Kulturwissenschaften 2010) and by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen (Sparkassenpreis für herausragende Dissertationen der Universität Duisburg-Essen 2010).
Prior to working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Sociology Department of the University of Duisburg-Essen, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.
General research interests:
Institutional theory, sociology of work and labour markets, industrial relations, social networks and the life course
Dr. Birgit Apitzsch
Institute of Sociology
University of Duisburg-Essen