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Simone Leiber

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Simone Leiber

Since 2017 Professor for Political Science with a focus on Social Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

2010-2017 Professor for Social Policy at the Department of Social and Cultural Studies of the University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf.

2004-2010 Senior researcher at the Institute for Economic and Social Studies (WSI) at the Hans Böckler Foundation, Düsseldorf.

2004 Dissertation in political sciences at the University of Heidelberg.

2003-2004 Seconded as an expert to the Office of the Committee for European Integration of the Polish government in Warsaw, funded by a scholarship program of the Volkswagen Foundation.

2000-2003 Doctoral student and post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), Cologne.


Countries Germany;
Topics Care work and migration; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Analysis of administrative data; Case studies; Comparative policy analysis; Document analysis; Expert consultations; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Questionnaire; Systematic Review; Thematic analysis; Theory and frameworks;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Long-Term Care Policy; Migration Mobility and Care Workers;
Other 1;
Research interests

Comparative Welfare State Research, Long-term Care Policies, Informal Care, Care Migration

Key publications

Leiber, Simone/ Rossow, Verena/ Österle, August/ Frerk, Timm (2021): Yet another black box: brokering agencies in the evolving market for live-in migrant care work in Austria and Germany, in: International Journal of Care and Caring, 5 (2), 187-208.

Leiber, Simone/ Rossow Verena (2021): Self-regulation in a Grey Market? Insights from the Emerging Polish–German Business Field of Live-in Care Brokerage, in: Horn, Vincent et al. (Hg.): The Global Old Age Care Industry. Tapping into migrants for tackling the old age care crisis, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2021, 127-152.

Leiber, Simone/ Kamil Matuszczyk/ Verena Rossow (2019): Private Labor Market Intermediaries in the Europeanized Live-in Care Market between Germany and Poland: A Typology, in: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform 65 (3), 365–392.

Leiber, Simone/ Stephanie Heinemann/ Stefan Greß (2014): Explaining Different Paths in Social Health Insurance Countries: Healthcare System Change and Cross-border Lesson-drawing between Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, in: Social Policy and Administration 49 (1), 48-108.

Leiber, Simone/ Stefan Greß/ Maral-Sonja Manouguian (2010): Health Care System Change and the Cross-border Transfer of Ideas: Influence of the Dutch Model on the 2007 German Health Reform, in: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 35 (4), 539-568.