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Research interests

As a researcher, I consider myself to be primarily a policy sociologist. Policy is based on the basic assumption that humans can be influenced. Taking a closer look, we see that the theoretical assumptions that underlie policy instruments often prove to be incorrect or remain implicit or uncorroborated. Consequently, policy measures often have unintended consequences because users or target groups attach different meanings to policy instruments than policy makers or scholars had hoped for or assumed. I primarily assess the assumptions underlying specific policy measures, how these assumptions are connected to the motives and interests of the policy subjects, and what happens if the policy subjects do not act in accordance with the presuppositions underlying policy instruments. My research of the last few years focuses on the legitimization and implementation of health and safety policy, asylum policy, and crime and terrorism fighting.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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1 Jan 195031 Dec 1992


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