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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Larissa Nenning

Larissa Nenning
Larissa Nenning
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Norms, Political Economy, Unemployment, Retirement, Gender, Work, Austria, Germany, Institutionalisms

PhD Title

Part-Time Work and Welfare States


I am interested in understanding the processes of institutionalization and de-institutionalization of work norms in welfare institutions. In order to do so, I am analysing welfare policy with regards to rising part-time work in both their regulatory and normative dimensions in the cases of Austria and Germany. How particular reforms in unemployment and retirement policy have taken place with what effects for part-time workers, what kind of normative negotiations took place and what extent these institutional adjustments have presented a challenge to the institutionalized Standard Employment Relationship are central questions of this research. 
Supervisors: Dr Jochen Clasen and Dr Daniel Clegg 


  • Tutor ‚European Social Policy‘, Semester 1, 2018-2019 
  • Tutor ‚Evidence, Policy and Politics‘, Semester 2, 2018-2019

Academic community engagement 

  • Coordinator for Peer Learning and Support in the School of Social and Political Science (2015-2017; 2018-ongoing). More info here

Scholarships and Awards

  • Alice Brown PhD Scholarship (2018-2025; part-time)
  • James Carruthers Memorial Prize for Best Undergraduate Dissertation in Social Policy (2018), University of Edinburgh 
  • John Craigie Cunningham Prize for Best First Year Student in Social Policy (2014), University of Edinburgh 

Previous qualifications 

Social Policy and Politics (MA hons) (2018), University of Edinburgh

Public policy engagement 

Member of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe (2018-2019). More info here