Welcome to my personal website.

In August 2016, I joined the Department of Sociology and Social Policy of Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where I am now Programme Director of the MSocSci in Comparative Social Policy (International).

My academic interest centres on comparative and international political economy with emphasis on the policies and politics of welfare state change in historical perspective. My research to date has discussed the notion of welfare productivism as conceptual backdrop for comparing recent social policy reforms in OECD/EU countries. 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 current research programme adapts these different interests to the study of Greater China and East Asia.

My latest peer-reviewed research is available in the Journal of Asian Public Policy and Social Policy & Administration. I am co-author of the The Short Guide to Social Policy (2nd Edition, 2015, Bristol: Policy Press), the Unicef Innocenti Report Card 13, Fairness for Children. A League Table of Inequality in Child Well-Being in Rich Countries, and co-editor of the new book Managing Welfare Expectations and Social Change: Policy Transfer in Asia (2018, Abingdon/New York: Routledge) and the 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 recently joined the Executive Committee of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network and 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