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Ingela Naumann

Ingela Naumann
Dr Ingela Naumann
Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
3.25 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 3869
Research Interests
Early childhood education and care policies, comparative social policy, Social cleavages, Welfare state history, Work/family reconciliation policies


  • DiplSoz (Humboldt-University Berlin)
  • PhD (European University Institute Florence)

Biographical statement

My main research interests lie in the field of comparative social policy with particular reference to early childhood education and care and work/family reconciliation and the changing governance around these issues. Another focus of my research is on the political history of welfare states including attention to the role of political mobilization and social cleavages around religion, class and gender. My work is grounded in a gender-sensitive and critical theory perspective.

My recent project collaborations include the European Union funded FP7 project "Families And Societies - Changing families and sustainable societies" (2013 - 2017); lead-researcher in the project 'Religion and the Welfare State in Northern Europe' (together with Prof Pirjo Markkola) as part of the NordWel Network for Excellence ('The Nordic Welfare State - Past and Future', funded by the Nordic Research Council). Recently I led a research tender for the Scottish Government reviewing international early childhood education and care policy and provision (2013). In the past I have collaborated amongst others in international research projects on the economisation of care in Europe (as part of the EU FP6 Network of Excellence on 'Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe', RECWOWE, 2009-2012), and on the changing governance of education in Sweden and England (2007-2009). I joined Social Policy in 2005; prior to this I was a researcher at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2004-2005) and studied for my PhD at the European University Institute with Colin Crouch as my supervisor (2000-2004).

I am a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (under the Royal Society of Edinburgh), the Royal Society Education Committee and a member of the Social Policy Association (SPA) Executive Committee. From January 2019 I am co-editor of the Journal of Social Policy (together with Jan Eichhorn and Jay Wiggan). I am active in a series of public engagement contexts, such as The Child's Curriculum and Nordic Horizons.

Teaching and Supervision

I am Personal Tutor for the MA (Hons) in Social Policy programme, and convenor of the UG course European Social Policy, and the Honours and PG courses Governing the Social. I teach on Comparative Analysis of Social and Public Policy; Analytical Perspectives in Social Policy and Education Policy. In the past I have also been teaching Research Design, Narrative, Text and Discourse; Family Policies in Comparative Perspectives and Welfare, Justice and the State.

Office Hours (semester time only): Thursdays 2:00-3.30pm

Current PhD students

Tom Kinney: Cultural Capital and Early Childhood (ESRC funded).

Completed PhD students

Mark Wong:  More opportunities for 'disengaged' youth: assessing the role of governance networks in encouraging young people's social participation in Scotland and Hong Kong.

Marc Grau i Grau: The Benefits of Multiple Roles for Working Fathers: Evidence from Catalonia.

Alzbeta Bartova: Can gender equality explain variation in fertility outcomes in Europe? (ESRC funded).

Caitlin McLean: The role of institutions in women's employment patterns in the UK and the US. (University of Edinburgh funded)

Hannah Zagel: Timing of singel motherhood: implications for employment careers in Great Britain and West Germany. (University of Edinburgh and DAAD funded).

Catherine-Rose Stock-Rankin: Hiding in plain sight? Reproductions of inequality in long-term care in Scotland (funded by University of Edinburgh).

Jannis Johann: Cultural policy as social policy: a cross-national analysis of Germany and the United Kingdom (funded by the Anglo-German Foundation).


‘Early Childhood Education and Care Policy: Beyond Quantity and Quality, for Human Development (2018)’, in C Trevarthen, A Dunlop, J Delafield-Butt (eds.), The Child’s Curriculum, Oxford University Press, 325-355.

‘Internationalising early childhood education, or ‘embedding’ international children into local contexts? (2017), in C Maxwell, U Deppe, H Kruger & W Helsper (eds.), Elite Education and Internationalisation – from the Early Years into Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan. 

'Access to Childcare in Europe: Parents' Logistical Challenges in Cross-National Perspective (2016), Social Policy and Administration. DOI: 10.1111/spol.12242

'Universal childcare' and maternal employment: The British and the Swedish story’ (2015). in L Foster, A Brunton, C Deeming & T Haux (eds), In Defence of Welfare 2. Policy Press, pp. 79.

Access for All? Sozialinvestitionen in der frühkindlichen Bildung und Betreuung im europäischen Vergleich (2014), Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaften, vol. 17, no. 19, pp. 113-128.

'Childcare, Gender Equality and what else we could envision for Society' (2014), in: Kezia Dugdale (ed.) Every Step. The essays, Edinburgh, pp. 15-20.

 ‘Religion and the welfare state in Northern Europe’, with Markkola, P. (2014), Church and State, vol 56, no. 1, Special Issue, editors I. Naumann & P. Markkola, pp. 1-12.

‘Church-state relations in the Swedish People’s Home, 1920s and 1930s’ (2014), in Church and State, vol 56, no. 1, Special Issue, editors I. Naumann & P. Markkola, p. 36-59,

The Welfare State Reader, 3rd revised edition (2013), co-edited with Chris Pierson and Frank Castles, Polity Press.

'Childcare Politics in the 'New' Welfare State: Class, Religion, and Gender in the Shaping of Political Agendas' (2012), in: Bonoli, G & Natali, D (eds): The Politics of the New Welfare State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.  

’Towards the Marketisation of Early Childhood Education and Care? Recent Developments in Sweden and the United Kingdom’ (2011), Nordic Journal of Social Research, 1 (1).

‘When a family is not a ’family’: the value of confusion in cross-cultural research’, in: Jamieson, L., Simpson, R. and Lewis, R. (Eds) (2010): Researching Families and Relationships: Reflections on Process, Palgrave Studies in Family & Intimate Life, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Childcare Politics in the West German and Swedish Welfare States from the 1950s to the 1970s, Doctoral Thesis, European University Institute, Florence, 2006.

’Child care and feminism in West Germany and Sweden in the 1960s and 1970s’ (2005), ESPAnet/JESP Young Researcher Prize Essay, Journal of European Social Policy, 15 (1), 47-63.

’Deutsch-türkische Identitätskonflikte: Die Debatte zur Visumpflicht für türkische Kinder in der deutschen und türkischen Presse’ (German-Turkish identity conflicts: the debate about visas for Turkish children in the German and Turkish media), in: Klaus Eder et al. (2004): Die Einhegung des Anderen. Türkische, polnische und russlanddeutsche Einwanderer in Deutschland, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 159-206.

Research papers and reports

 Social Policy in the European Union. Policy paper (2016), Royal Society of Edinburgh.

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Social Policy (2015), Quality Assurance Agency, UK.

Policy Briefing on 'Integrated ECEC Systems' (2014). Scottish Commission on Childcare Reform.

Naumann, I., McLean, C., Koslowski, A., Tisdall, K., Lloyd, E. (2013), "Early Childhood Education and Care Provision: International Review of Policy, Delivery and Funding", Scottish Government Publication.

’A child-centred investment strategy: lessons from Sweden’, The Child’s Curriculum, 2010, Edinburgh.

’Religion and the Social Service State in Sweden, NordWel workshop, 'Religion and the Nordic welfare state’,2010, Jyväskylä.

‘Towards The Marketisation of Childcare? A Comparison of Recent Childcare Reforms in Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Portugal’,  RECWOWE report, WP02: Care Group, task 2: Tensions related to care work in European welfare states, EU FP6 RECWOWE network, 2009.

Explaining Diversity of Childcare Provision in Europe: Political Tensions, Political Alliances and Social Cleavages’; RECWOWE report, WP02, task 2: Tensions related to care work in European welfare states, EU FP6 RECWOWE network, 2009.

with C. Crouch: ’The Changing Governance of Schools: England and Sweden in Comparison’, Final research report, Centre for British Teaching/Warwick Governance of Schools project, 2008.

’Vem skall ta hand om barnen? En komparation av barnomsorgs- och förskolepolitik i Sverige och Västtyskland, 1945-1975’, 2010 – prepared for book project ’Foerskolans Aktoerer’.

Book Reviews

Review of Kimberley J. Morgan: Working Mothers and the Welfare State. Religion and the Politics of Work-Family Policies in Western Europe and the United States, Stanford CA, 2006: in Journal of European Social Policy (2008).

Review of Åsa Lundqvist: Familjen i den svenska modellen, 2007, Nordeuropa Forum (2008).

 Review of Christine Kuller: Familienpolitik im föderativen Sozialstaat. Die Formierung eines Politikfeldes in der Bundesrepublik 1949 – 1975 (family policy in the federal welfare state – the formation of a new policy field in the FRG, 1949-1975), , Munich 2004. In: H-Soz-u-Kult, 09.06.2005, <>.

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PhD in Politics; PhD in Social Policy; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Social Policy