Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ebbinghaus

Project: A6

SFB Mercator Fellow & Associate A6

University of Oxford
Department of Social Policy and Intervention
Barnett House
32 Wellington Square
OX1 2ER Oxford, United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1865 270325


Dr Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Senior Research Fellow, Green Templeton College at University of Oxford. Professor Ebbinghaus was Head of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI), University of Oxford, from October 2017 until December 2020.

In addition, he is currently Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, as well as visting Mercator Fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 884) Political Economy of Reform and MZES External Fellow, University of Mannheim.

Professor Ebbinghaus is co-PI of the @DSPI_Oxford Supertracker, a directory of Covid-19 policy response trackers:

Previously, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Mannheim, Germany (2004-2016). At Mannheim, he served as Director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), Co-director of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) and Board Member of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 884) “Political Economy of Reform”.

Professor Ebbinghaus co-directs the SFB-project on “Welfare State Reforms from Below: Linking Individual Attitudes and Organized Interests in Europe”, and the DFG Project on “Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis” at MZES. 

Professor Ebbinghaus holds a PhD in social and political sciences (1993) from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and was awarded a Habilitation in sociology (2003) from the University of Cologne, Germany. He was Lecturer (1992-1996) at University of Mannheim and Senior Researcher (1997-2003) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Hertie School of Governance Berlin; and guest professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Jena, and University of Luxembourg.

Professor Ebbinghaus is on sabbatical from January 2021 onwards.