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Johanna Fischer

University of Bremen, Germany

Johanna Fischer

Johanna Fischer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” at the University of Bremen, Germany. After completing her PhD on the emergence and types of long-term care systems worldwide in 2021, she currently focuses on comparatively analyzing the inclusiveness and generosity of long-term care schemes and the development and exchange of ideas on elder care on the inter- and transnational level within the CRC project A07 “Global Dynamics of Long-Term Care Policies”. Her research interests are in the field of comparative social policy and politics and global social policy, including social protection for persons in need of care and informal caregivers.


Countries Chile; Germany; International; Republic of Korea; Taiwan, RoC; Uruguay;
Topics Financing LTC; Governance and LTC systems organisation; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Document analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Climate Change and LTC; Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care Policy;
Research interests

Social policy (national, comparative, European, transnational), long-term care systems, informal and familial care, ageing, care, social services, social insurance systems, welfare state actors, regulation, methods of comparative research, international comparison, transnational policy transfer, International Organisations

Key publications

Fischer, Johanna (2022): The social long-term care insurance model: comparing actor configurations across countries and time. In Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy 38 (2), pp. 93-110. DOI: 10.1017/ics.2022.9.

Fischer, Johanna; Frisina Doetter, Lorraine; Rothgang, Heinz (2022): Comparing long‐term care systems: A multi‐dimensional, actor‐centred typology. In Social Policy & Administration 56 (1), 33-47. DOI: 10.1111/spol.12742.

Fischer, Johanna, Polte, Alexander; Sternkopf, Meika (2022). The introduction of long-term care systems: The nascent diffusion of an emergent field of social policy. In Michael Windzio, Ivo Mossig, Fabian Besche-Truthe, & Helen Seitzer (Eds.): Networks and geographies of global social policy diffusion: Culture, economy and colonial legacies. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. (Global Dynamics of Social Policy), pp. 139-167.

Fischer, Johanna (2021): The emergence of social policy in the field of long-term care. A comparative analysis of the introduction and types of long-term care systems in global perspective. Dissertation. Universität Bremen, Bremen. DOI: 10.26092/elib/1916