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In August 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy of Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where I am now Director of a new International Master of Social Science in Comparative Social Policy programme.

My academic interest centres on comparative and international political economy with emphasis on the policies and politics of productive and protective dimensions of welfare in historical perspective. Utilising fuzzy set ideal type and qualitative comparative analysis, I discussed the notion of welfare productivism as conceptual backdrop for comparing recent social policy reforms in Europe and East Asia. Most recently, I have been involved in research examining the impact of family cash benefits and services on child well-being and discussing inequality in child well-being in OECD/EU countries.

My research was published in the Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Social Policy & Administration amongst others. I am co-author of The Short Guide to Social Policy (2nd Edition, 2015, Bristol: Policy Press). My latest peer-reviewed research is available in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy and the Journal of Asian Public Policy. I am co-author of the Unicef Innocenti Report Card 13, Fairness for Children. A League Table of Inequality in Child Well-Being in Rich Countries and co-editor the new book series, Research in Comparative and Global Social Policy, launched together with Policy Press.

I worked as external collaborator for the Social Security Department at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris and – most recently – the Unicef Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy.

I am International Relations Officer of the UK Social Policy Association and recently joined the Executive Committee of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network.

I am an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, United Kingdom.


Research Interests

Comparative  and global social policy analysis, productive and protective dimensions of welfare policy, politics and policies of welfare state reform, working family support and child well-being, partisan and new/historical institutional theory, pooled time series cross section analysis, qualitative comparative analysis, comparative historical analysis.


Contact: stefankuehner@LN.edu.hk