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Expert Panel

The content of the database has been submitted by third parties and reviewed by RAND Europe and the 'European Platform for Investing in Children' expert panel.  RAND Europe is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.  The panel consists of independent experts in family policy from across the EU. Although the information contained has been carefully checked, the European Commission accepts no liability with regard to the specific cases and classification. Please contact for any comment, question or contribution.

Prof Klaus Peter Strohmeier

Professor Strohmeier is a Professor of Sociology (in particular urban, regional and family sociology) at the Faculty of Social Science of Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). Since 1998, he has also held position as the managing director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Research (ZEFIR) at RUB. His interests and reserach are in international comparative family and social policy research, as well as regional, local and small-scale population trends and their impact on different areas of local social policy.

Dr. Alena Křížková

Dr Křížková is a senior researcher, fellow and a head of the Department of Gender & Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. She studied Sociology and Social Policy at Charles University, Prague, where she subsequently gained a Masters and then PhD in Sociology. Her experience includes working as a team leader and as an independent expert in various projects focused on gender equality and policy analysis and evaluation. Since 1998, Alena Křížková has been the leader or participated in 30 scientific projects including 7 projects of expert appointments for the European Commission. Currently she is national expert for the European Commission in the Network of experts in the field of gender equality. She is conducting research and publishes widely on the economic independence of women, gender wage gap, gender in organizations, management and entrepreneurship, women and citizenship, gender and social inclusion, gender in care and family policies, gender-based violence, gender in science and research etc.

Prof Colette Fagan

Colette Fagan is Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on the field of employment and public policy with particular interests in gender inequalities and gender mainstreaming; working conditions and job quality; working-time (and time-use more broadly); and international comparative analysis.   She is the UK national academic expert in the European Commission's Expert Network on Employment and Gender Equality (ENEGE), which is coordinated by the Fondazione Giacome Brodolini (FGB), Italy.  She was one of the coordinators of the previous formation of these networks (2004-7, Expert Group on Gender, Social Inclusion and Employment). Her other international research collaborations include participation in the EC FP6 Network of Excellence ‘Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe’ (RECWOWE, 2007-11). Her academic consultancies include research papers and reports for the European Commission, the European Trade Union Institute, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the International Labour Office, the OECD, UNIFEM - Central and Eastern Europe, the UK Trades Union Congress and the Finnish Ministry of Labour. Her recent publications include Fagan, C., González, M., and S. Gomez (eds.) (2012) Women on corporate boards and in top management: European trends and policy Palgrave.

Prof Gosta Esping-Andersen

Professor Esping-Andersen is professor of Sociology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra where he directs the DEMOSOC research unit. In 2009 he was nominated ICREA-Academia professor. Born in Denmark, he studied demography, economics and sociology at Copenhagen University and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he received his PhD. His scientific work centres on life course dynamics, social stratification and comparative social policy. Before coming to Pompeu Fabra, he taught at Harvard University, the University of Trento and the European University in Italy. His publications include The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (for which he was awarded the APSA’s Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award in 2005); The Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies (translated into Italian and Japanese); and, most recently, Trois Lecons sur L’Etat Providence (Paris, Le Seuil). His latest book is The incomplete revolution (Polity Press 2009).

Dr. Chantal Remery

Chantal Remery (Ph.D) is a sociologist and works as assistant professor at Utrecht University School of Economics (the Netherlands), where she teaches personnel economics and is coordinator of the bachelor thesis. She is also senior researcher at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands). Her major research interests include (international comparative) studies in the field of gender and employment, covering issues such as reconciliation of work and private life, flexibility, equal opportunities, and the position of women in family firms. She is a member of the European Network on Gender and Employment (ENEGE), which advises and supports the European Commission in the analysis of gender equality policies, reforms and their implications at European and national level.

Prof Anita Nyberg

Professor Nyberg is currently an affiliated professor of Gender Perspectives in Work and Economics, Gender Studies, Stockholm University. Previously she worked as a professor at the National Institute for Working Life, pursuing her research interests in gender perspective on work and the economy, male norms in statistics, and publicly financed childcare and parental leave. In the second half of the 1990s she was general secretary of the Swedish Committee on the Distribution of Economic Power and Economic Resources between Women and Men, a committee which produced thirteen reports covering women’s and men’s situation in the family, the labour market and in relation to the welfare state. She has also worked as a lecturer of economics in the Economics Department and as a researcher at Theme Technology and Social Change at the University of Linköping and is the current Swedish expert in the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality.

Ms Naomi Eisenstadt

Ms Eisenstadt CB has been active in policy and practice in the field of early years for over thirty years, and is a current Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Education. She has a first degree in sociology, an MSc in Social Policy, and a California Credential in Early Childhood Education. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2002, and the CB in 2005. In 1999, she began work at the civil service, becoming the first director of the Sure Start Unit. Her portfolio grew over her seven years of service, and came to include early education, childcare, parenting policy, and extended schools.  Naomi’s key interests are in children’s services, poverty and its impact on children, and family policy, and she has recently written a book on Sure Start, published by Policy Press.

Prof Hans Bertram

Professor Bertram has taught and researched at the Humboldt University in Berlin since  1992, where he currently holds the position of chair of Micro-Sociology. From 1992 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2003, he was also the managing director of the Institute of Sociology at the Humboldt University Berlin. In addition to his position as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Family of the State of Brandenburg (which he hasheld since 2004), professor Bertram is a member of: UNICEF Germany (since 2006); the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Board of Trustees of the McDonald's Children's Aid Foundation (both since 2007); the working group "Future with children, Fertility and Social Development" the Leopoldina and BBAW ( 2009-2012); the Board of Trustees of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (since 2009); The Standing Commission "Aging and Fertility" Leopoldina (since 2010); the Advisory Board of the Centre for Germany Studies (ADS) of the Peking University (since 2011); and the Review Panel NCCR LIVES (since 2011).

Prof. Edward Melhuish

Edward Melhuish is a Research Professor at Birkbeck, University of London.  He has undertaken research in 12 countries, and is currently undertaking new government-funded large-scale longitudinal studies in Norway and the UK, involving family, community and pre-school influences on child development, and policy implications.  Previous work influenced several UK acts of parliament.  He has served as an expert witness to several House of Commons Select Committees, and is a member of a Child Well-being working group of WHO, and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group Early Childhood Interventions Group, 2012. With over 200 publications. he has contributed to discussions of social policy for children in Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Australia, Korea, Chile, European Commission, OECD and WHO. He has been a scientific advisor to overseas research funding bodies: NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research); Academy of Finland; Nordic Research Councils for Humanities and Social Sciences; Portuguese Research Council (FCT); European Commission; Australian Research Council; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council). He undertakes substantial pro bono work for charities involved with child well-being.

Dr. Crispin Day

Crispin Day is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in adult and child mental health with a special interest in parenting and early intervention. Currently he is a head of Centre for Parent and Child Support, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and and a head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.  He leads research, development and dissemination programmes for the Family Partnership Model, the Helping Families Programme, Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities and the Promotional Guide System.  He has been clinical adviser to the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit, Department of Health and CAMHS research advisor at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Quality Improvement.  Crispin has published and lectured widely as well as provided advice to central and local government across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Prof. Maria Filomena Gaspar

Maria Filomena Gaspar is an Associate Professor at the Faculty Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Coimbra, Portugal (Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação, Universidade de Coimbra).  Her research interests and scientific activity is focused on educational psychology and family education.  She has been involved in projects on child development and education, family/parenting education and intervention, parential participation in the education of preschool age children, and education as a way of promotion and prevention. She has participated in a broad range of national and international collaborations, including work for the Council of Europe, Oxford University Centre for Research into Parenting and Children, UK, University of Washington, USA and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. Apart from her academic activities, she is a scientific advisor of reseach and intervention projects and runs parenting education groups in community and clinical settings providing community support by assessment and counselling of children and their families.

Prof. Jo Hermanns

Jo Hermanns has worked since 1971 for more than 25 years in mental health and youth welfare organisations. He was also assistant professor at the University of Utrecht from 1971 to 1985.  Currently (since 1991) he is (part time) professor of Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, part time professor at the Professional University of Utrecht and independent consultant on the field of family, child and youth policy as a member of H&S Consult.

In his academic and advisory work, he focuses on contextual models of child development and on risk factors and protective factors in families with young children. He addresses himself frequently to the interchange between theory and practice. He is involved in the design and evaluation of a number of support programs for parents and children, such as family Centres, Home-Start and Wraparound care programs. On a national level he chaired the development and implementation of The Advice and Reporting Centres for Child Abuse and Neglect and designed and implemented an evidence based national plan for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

He was and is member of a number of national advisory panels, such as the Certification Panel for Interventions in Judicial Work for the ministry of Security and Justice and Advisory group for the Chief Inspector of Education, on behalf of the minister of Education, Science and Culture.

Dr. Sven Bremberg

Sven Bremberg, MD, PhD is Senior consultant in Child and Adolescent Public Health at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and Associate professor, Department of Public Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. His major fields of scientific interest is evaluation and development of child and adolescent public health interventions, studies of inequity in child health and analysis of the dissemination process at municipal level of child health policies. At the National Institute of Public Health, he is responsible for development of child and adolescent public health indicators, based on the national public health targets, for systematic reviews of interventions that at relevant for child and adolescent public health and for a Governmental commission to propose new measures for mental health promotion.

Prof. Klaus Hurrelmann

Klaus Hurrelmann is a professor of Public Health and Education at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. He studies sociology, psychology and education in Berkeley (USA), Freiburg and Münster.

He was a co-founder and a chair of the interdisciplinary, collaborative research center “Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Youth” at the Faculty of Education at the Universität Bielefeld, and the Center for Childhood and Youth Research in Bielefeld. He was also part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Universität Bielefeld and held the office of founding dean for several years.  He worked in the area of prevention and health promotion and initiated many international co-operations.  On behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO), he served as the director of the Collaborating Research Center for Health in Adolescence until 2007 and headed the German section of the study “Health Behavior in School Children (HBSC)”.  He directed several projects with the Collaborating Center, among others on the role family and school conditions play in the development of personality and achievement, the correlation between socialization and health and the prevention of risk behavior, violence, addiction and psychosomatic health disorders.  He served as a managing team member of the last three Shell Youth Studies and initiated the World Vision Children Study, which follow the same format as the Shell Youth Studies and which he also headed twice.  Since 2007 he is director of the “Institut für Gesundheits- und Bildungsforschung (igb)”  in Berlin.

In 2009 Klaus Hurrelmann joined the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin as Senior Professor of Public Health and Education.  His main research is on the connection between family and education policy with basic approaches from social and health policy in order to develop comprehensive intervention strategies for the prevention of social and health impairments in children and youth.

Klaus Hurrelmann has published several textbooks and academic journal articles in the areas of socialization research, health sciences, prevention, health inequality and education research.

Professor Ann Buchanan

Ann Buchanan is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She was formerly Director of the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children. For nearly twenty years she undertook research on families, parenting and child well-being (including, fathering, divorce and grandparenting). As an invited speaker, she has spoken of her research in China, Australia, Russia, USA, South American, USA and Europe. For the last eight years she has initiated and supervised the updating of an interactive website for professional child care workers ‘What works for Troubled children?’ She was on the ESRC Council for six years 2007-2013 and chaired the Evaluation committee which took lead responsibility for ‘Impact’ and for setting up What Works Centres. She is on the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and was awarded a MBE in 2012 for Services to Social Sciences and an honorary LL.D at the University of Bath in 2013.

Prof. Ides Nicaise

has a background in economics works since 1989 as a research manager, head of unit ‘education and lifelong learning’ at HIVA (Research Institute for Work and Society), a multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Leuven (Flemish Louvain). He further specialised in social policy, more precisely the relationships between education, labour market policy and social inclusion (in rich as well as developing countries). He also has part-time teaching assignments at the Universities of Leuven (mainly Department of Education Sciences). Previous and current subjects include general economics, social profit management, labour economics, economics and sociology of education, lifelong learning and equal opportunities, and social security economics. Besides his professional activities, he is chairing the Belgian Resource Centre for the Fight against Poverty, a centre created by law as an interface between the government, the civil society and grassroots organisations defending the interests of the poor. This centre is linked with the Centre for Equal Opportunities and for the Fight against Racism.He was involved in many projects at national, European and international levels dealing with education, ranging from educational funding to lifelong learning and initial education for socially excluded groups. At the Flemish level, he has the lead of the Policy Research Centre ‘Education and school careers’ (Steunpunt Studie- en Schoolloopbanen), an inter-university research consortium accredited by the Flemish Governement for medium-term strategic policy research in the field of education and lifelong learning.

Dr. Aigul Alieva

PhD in Social Sciences, is a research fellow at CEPS/INSTEAD - Luxembourg institute for socio-economic research. Her principal research interests and expertise include issues of social and educational inequalities, and immigration and she is currently involved in a number of national studies for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Family and Integration. She has also been awarded financial support by the National research fund of Luxembourg (FNR) to pursue her own academic research. Trained in political science, social policy, social research and methodology, she has accumulated significant knowledge and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. Her educational background include MSc in Politics from Edinburgh University, MSc in Social Policy Analysis from Leuven University, and PhD in Social Sciences from Bremen University.

Bea Cantillon

is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She has published widely and internationally on a wide range of issues relating to poverty, social policy, social security, the welfare state, and gender. She has acted as a consultant to, among others, the OECD, the European Commission and the Belgian government. Next to being the Chair of the National Administration for Family Allowances, she also served as a Belgian senator (1995-1999) and was the president of the National Reform Commission on the Belgian Social Security for independent workers (2000-2002). Prof. Cantillon served as a Chair of the General Assembly UFSIA (2002-2003) and as vice-president of the University of Antwerp (2004-2008). Prof. Cantillon is Secretary-General of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security. As of 2003 she is also a Fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy and since 2013 she is a member of the Belgian Pension Reform Commission 2020-2040. The Centre for Social Policy, linked to Prof. Bea Cantillon, has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence under the Flemish Methusalem program, granting substantial long-term structural financing to support internationally recognized scientific research.