School of Social and Political Science

Dr Elke Heins

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy

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Portrait Elke Heins

Room number

2.06

Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Post code (Address)

EH8 9LD

Research interests

Research interests

Comparative social policy, Labour Market Policy, unemployment insurance, fuzzy set/QCA, welfare reform, trade unions, Health policy, Politics of health, Europeanization,  European social policy, well-being

PhD students (current)

Cristina Asenjo, 'Empowerment and Wellbeing: A Comparative Study of Asset and Rights Based Approaches to Local Development in the UK' (ESRC funded).

Nikos Kanellopoulos, ‘The Discursive Construction of Higher Education Reform During the Crisis (2011-2015): The Case of Greece’ (funded by the Onassis Foundation).

Charlotte Zealley, 'Employability engagement and support provision and the labour market transitions of young people' (ESRC funded).

Previous PhD students

Blanca Kao, 'How, and to what extent, are health implications taken into account in the decision-making processes within the Scottish local government? A Multiple-Case Study of Scottish Local Authorities'.

Fabio Battaglia, 'To GDP or not to GDP? Identifying the barriers to uptake and application of measures of progress and well-being in Scotland and Italy'.

Alexander Mesarovich, 'It's not what you know...: Europeanization and informal networks in former Yugoslavia'

Topics interested in supervising

I would welcome inquiries about supervision of research on a wide range of topics in social policy, particularly from a comparative and European perspective, including unemployment, skills and labour market policy, health policy, welfare and wellbeing, the politics of welfare reform, the impact of the EU and international organisations on social policy, the involvement of trade unions, third sector or commercial sector organisations in welfare policy delivery.

If you are interested in being supervised by Elke Heins, please see the links below (open in new windows) for more information:

Background

My principal research interests are comparative and European social policy, in particular labour market, skills and unemployment policy as well as well as the politics of welfare and wellbeing in the UK, including at devolved level.

I am a graduate of the University of Mannheim and have a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute in Florence.

 

Teaching

Semester 1

European Social Policy - PG (course convener)

Semester 2

Eco-social policy and sustainable welfare - PG (co-course convenor)

Politics of the Welfare State - UG (course convener)

Online teaching

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Social Wellbeing, delivered via FutureLearn.

first course run: 26 September - 16 October 2016. Please visit FutureLearn for further course runs.

Knowledge exchange

ESRC Policy Fellow, Welsh Government, SHELL (Skills, Higher Education and LIfelong Learning) (February 2022-May 2023)

Parliamentary Fellow, Beltane Public Engagement Network (January-June 2016)

Good Lives And Decent Societies (GLADS) (PI): Scottish Universities Insight Institute funded series of knowledge exchange events designed to inform the work of policy makers and third sector practitioners regarding indicators for the measurement of well-being (together with Jan Eichhorn, John Frank and Neil Thin at the University of Edinburgh and a range of external partners). Details can be found here.

Other professional activities

Co-editor of the Journal of Social Policy.

Academic Co-convenor of the FUTURES Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.

Europa Institute Steering Group member.

Elected member of the Social Policy Association (SPA).

Editorial board member of the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy.

Works within

Staff Hours and Guidance

Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 (semester only). Please email for an appointment outside this time.

 

 

Publications by user content

Publication Research Explorer link
Heins E, Dukelow F. Liberal welfare states. In Greve B, editor, De Gruyter Handbook of Contemporary Welfare States. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2022. p. 85-100. (De Gruyter Contemporary Social Sciences Handbooks). https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110721768-006
Eichhorn J, Heins E, Wiggan J. The Journal of Social Policy turns 50 - Time for reflections and looking to the future. Journal of Social Policy. 2022 Jul;51(3):469. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279422000459
Clegg D, Heins E, Rathgeb P. Unemployment benefit governance, trade unions and outsider protection in conservative welfare states. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. 2022 May;28(2):195-210. https://doi.org/10.1177/10242589221094240
Armingeon K, de la Porte C, Heins E, Sacchi S. Voices from the past: Economic and political vulnerabilities in the making of Next Generation EU. Comparative European Politics. 2022 Apr;20(2):144-165. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41295-022-00277-6
de la Porte C, Heins E. Introduction: EU constraints and opportunities in the COVID-19 pandemic - the politics of NGEU. Comparative European Politics. 2022 Apr;20(2):135-143. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41295-022-00276-7
Clegg D, Bennett H, Eichhorn J, Heins E. Leaving the ‘old broken model’ behind? Progressive Review. 2022 Jan 30;28(3):259-269. https://doi.org/10.1111/newe.12268
Eichhorn J, Heins E, Wiggan J. Editorial board update. Journal of Social Policy. 2022 Jan;51(1):1. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279421000945
Heins E, Damro C. Conclusion: The future of European integration to 2050 across scenarios and policy areas. In Damro C, Heins E, Scott D, editors, European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050. 1 ed. Routledge. 2021. p. 218-228. (Routledge Advances in European Politics). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003009733-17
Damro C, (ed.), Heins E, (ed.), Scott D, (ed.). European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050. 1 ed. Routledge, 2021. 260 p. (Routledge Advances in European Politics). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003009733
Damro C, Heins E, Scott D. Introduction: European futures, past and present. In Damro C, Heins E, Scott D, editors, European Futures: Challenges and Crossroads for the European Union of 2050. 1 ed. Routledge. 2021. p. 1-17. (Routledge Advances in European Politics). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003009733-1
Heins E (Author), Chung H (Author). Time for a new Beveridge Report? 2021.
Heins E, Pautz H. Social wellbeing in Scotland - the 'career network' of a policy concept. International Journal of Wellbeing. 2021 Jan 31;11(1):89-105. https://doi.org/10.5502/ijw.v11i1.1235
Anderson KM, Heins E. After the European elections and the first wave of Covid-19: Prospects for EU social policymaking. In Vanhercke B, Spasova S, Fronteddu B, editors, Social policy in the European Union: State of Play 2020. Brussels: European Trade Union Institute. 2021. p. 13-32
Heins E. Social Policy and Young People. In Rees J, Pomati M, Heins E, editors, Social Policy Review 32: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020 . Vol. 32. Bristol: Policy Press. 2020. (Social Policy Review).
Rees J, (ed.), Pomati M, (ed.), Heins E, (ed.). Social Policy Review 32: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020 . Bristol: Policy Press, 2020. 272 p. (Social Policy Review).
Heins E, (ed.), Rees J, (ed.), Needham C, (ed.). Social Policy Review 31: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2019. Bristol: Policy Press, 2019. 292 p. (Social Policy Review).
Heins E. A decade of social policy since the crisis – looking back and forward. In Heins E, Rees J, Needham C, editors, Social Policy Review 31: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2019. Bristol: Policy Press. 2019. p. 1-5. (Social Policy Review).
Needham C, (ed.), Heins E, (ed.), Rees J, (ed.). Social policy review 30: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2018. Policy Press, 2018. 280 p.
Heins E, Bennett H. Retrenchment, conditionality and flexibility: UK labour market policies in the era of austerity. In Theodoropoulou S, editor, Labour Market Policies in the Era of Pervasive Austerity: A European Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press. 2018. p. 225-251
Heins E. Part Two: Contributions from the Social Policy Association Conference 2017. In Needham C, Heins E, Rees J, editors, Social Policy Review 30: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2018. Policy Press. 2018. p. 87-90
Dukelow F, Heins E. The Anglo-Saxon welfare states: Still Europe's outlier-or trendsetter? In Kennett P, Lendvai-Bainton N, editors, Handbook of European Social Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 2017. p. 230-247 https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783476466.00023
Dukelow F, Heins E. The Anglo-Saxon welfare states: Still Europe’s outlier – or trendsetter? In Kennett P, Lendvai-Bainton N, editors, Handbook of European Social Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 2017. p. 230-247 https://doi.org/10.4337/9781783476466
Hudson J, (ed.), Needham C, (ed.), Heins E, (ed.). Social Policy Review 29: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2017. Bristol: Policy Press, 2017. 280 p. (Social Policy Review).
Heins E. 'Benefit tourism'? EU migrant citizens and the British welfare state. Social Policy Review. 2017 Jun 28;29:177-180.
Heins E, de la Porte C. The Aftermath of the Eurozone Crisis: Towards Fiscal Federalism? In Dinan D, Nugent N, Paterson WE, editors, The European Union in Crisis. London: Palgrave. 2017. p. 149-166. (The European Union Series).
Heins E (Designer), Thin N (Designer), Eichhorn J (Designer). Social Wellbeing - Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) FutureLearn. 2016.
Heins E, de la Porte C. A new era of European Integration? Governance of labour market and social policy since the sovereign debt crisis. In Heins E, de la Porte C, editors, The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform. Palgrave. 2016. p. 15-41. 2. (Work and Welfare in Europe). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58179-2
Heins E, de la Porte C. Depleted European social models following the crisis: Towards a brighter future? In Heins E, de la Porte C, editors, The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform. London: Palgrave. 2016. 9. (Work and Welfare in Europe). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58179-2
Heins E, (ed.), de la Porte C, (ed.). The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform. London: Palgrave, 2016. (Work and Welfare in Europe). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58179-2
de la Porte C, Heins E. Introduction. In Heins E, de la Porte C, editors, The Sovereign Debt Crisis, the EU and Welfare State Reform. London: Palgrave. 2016. 1. (Work and Welfare in Europe). https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58179-2
Heins E (Performer), Salamone A (Performer). Analysis: Future of Integration FutureLearn. 2016.
Heins E. Egidijus Barcevičius, Timo Weishaupt and Jonathan Zeitlin (eds.) (2014), Assessing the Open Method of Coordination: Institutional Design and National Influence of EU Social Policy Coordination. Journal of Social Policy. 2016 Apr;45(2):384-385. https://doi.org/10.1017/ S0047279415000835
Heins E (Author), Pautz H (Author). Post-Crisis Policymaking in Europe: The Politics of Expertise Edinburgh: European Futures. 2016.
Heins E (Author), Pautz H (Author). Government and 'independent expertise' : think tanks represent a blind spot for critical analysis London: British Politics and Policy; London School of Economics. 2016.
Heins E, Bennett H. ‘Best of both worlds’? A comparison of third sector providers in health care and welfare-to-work markets in Britain. Social Policy and Administration. 2016 Jan;50(1):39-58. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12126
Heins E (Author), de la Porte C (Author). Social Europe since the Crisis Edinburgh: European Futures. 2015.
Heins E, Deeming C. Welfare and well-being - inextricably linked. In Brunton A, Foster L, Haux T, Deeming C, editors, In Defence of Welfare 2. Bristol: Policy Press. 2015. p. 13-15
de la Porte C, Heins E. A new era of European Integration? Governance of labour market and social policy since the sovereign debt crisis. Comparative European Politics. 2015 Jan 1;13(1):8-28. https://doi.org/10.1057/cep.2014.39
Heins E, de la Porte C. Introduction: The sovereign debt crisis, the EU and welfare state reform. Comparative European Politics. 2015 Jan;13:1-7.
de la Porte C, Heins E. Game change in EU and social policy: Towards more European integration. In João Rodrigues M, Xiarchogiannopoulou E, editors, The Eurozone Crisis and the Transformation of EU Governance: Internal and External Implications. 1 ed. Farnham: Routledge. 2014. p. 157-170. (Globalisation, Europe, Multilateralism).
Heins E. Doctors in the driving seat? Reforms in NHS primary care and commissioning. In Ramia G, Farnsworth K, Irving Z, editors, Social Policy Review 25: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2013. Vol. 25. Bristol: Policy Press. 2013. (Social Policy Review).
Heins E, Parry R. The Role of Wage Bargaining Partners in Public Sector Reform: The Case of Primary Care Contracts. European Journal of Industrial Relations. 2011 Dec 1;17(4):381-396. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959680111420722
Heins E, Price D, Pollock AM, Miller E, Mohan J, Shaoul J. A Review of the Evidence of Third Sector Performance and its Relevance for a Universal Comprehensive Health System. Social Policy and Society. 2010 Oct;9(4):515-526. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000230
Heins E. Politiques sociales et d’évolution des pouvoirs: l'exemple écossais. Informations Sociales. 2010;3:38-45. 159.
Heins E, Pollock AM, Price D. The Commercialisation of GP Services: A Survey of APMS Contracts and New GP Ownership. British Journal of General Practice. 2009 Oct;59(567):e339-e343. https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp09X472638
Viebrock E. Review Article: Social Policy in Scotland Since Devolution. Social Policy and Society. 2009 Jul 1;8(03):419-430. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746409004953
Viebrock E, Clasen J. Flexicurity and Welfare Reform: A Review. Socio-Economic Review. 2009 Apr;7(2):305-331. https://doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwp001
Pollock A, Viebrock E, Price D. Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: Centre for International Public Health Policy, University of Edinburgh. 2009.
Viebrock E, Clasen J. Flexicurity – a state-of-the-art review: Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe . Edinburgh: RECWOWE Publication, Dissemination and Dialogue Centre. 2009.
Pollock A, Viebrock E, Price D. Response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on changes to eligibility criteria for providers of primary medical services: Centre for International Public Health Policy, University of Edinburgh. 2008.
Clasen J, Viebrock E. Voluntary Unemployment Insurance and Trade Union Membership: Investigating the Connections in Denmark and Sweden. Journal of Social Policy. 2008 Jul;37(3):433-451. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279408001980
Clasen J, Viebrock E. “Voluntary Unemployment Insurance and Trade Union Membership. Investigating the connections in Denmark and Sweden”. In Krishna S, editor, Flexicurity. Concepts and Global Perspectives. Icfai University Press. 2008
Pollock A, Price D, Viebrock E, Miller E, Watt G. The market in primary care. British Medical Journal (BMJ). 2007 Sep 8;335(7618):475-477.
Heins E. Welfare reform and labour market dynamics: a preliminary review of the literature. RECWOWE Publication, Dissemination and Dialogue Centre, 2007. 19 p.
Clasen J, Viebrock E. “Das Genter System der Arbeitslosenversicherung – immer noch gewerkschaftliches Rekrutierungsinstrument oder sozialpolitisches Auslaufmodell? Dänemark und Schweden im Vergleich“. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform. 2006;52(3):351-371.
Viebrock E. Launch of the Scottish Social Policy Network. Policy World - Newsletter of the Social Policy Association. 2004.
Kümmerling A, Viebrock E. Die Situation von Studentinnen und Akademikerinnen in Mannheim - eine Bestandsaufnahme (1907-1998). In FDUM, editor, 10 Jahre Senatskommission zur Förderung der gleichberechtigten Entfaltung von Frauen in Studium, Forschung und Lehre an der Universität Mannheim. Mannheim: Universität Mannheim. 1999. p. 22-28