Dr. Sonja Blum

Sonja Blum Photo: Hardy Welsch

Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Comparative Politics and Policy Research at the Universität Bielefeld as of March 2023

Born 7 June 1983 in Siegburg, two children (born 2015, 2018)


Dr. Sonja Blum is a Senior Researcher at the Chair for policy research and environmental politics at the Institute of Political Science at the FernUniversität in Hagen. In addition, she is a Research Fellow at the Public Governance Institute at the KU Leuven. She has held positions at the KU Leuven, the Universität Wien, and the Universität Münster, where she received her doctorate for her thesis on transformations in family policy in Germany and Austria. Her research has, among others, been published in Policy and Society, Social Politics, Social Policy & Administration, International Review of Administrative Sciences, European Policy Analysis, Evidence & Policy, Critical Social Policy, and Policy Studies.

04/2017 - present Senior Researcher at the Chair for policy research and environmental politics, Institute of Political Science, FernUniversität in Hagen
10/2017 - present Fellow at the Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven
02/2017 - 09/2017 Visiting Professor, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven (joint acting professorship of Public Policy and Administration)
11/2015 - 01/2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven (Funded by the DAAD Postdoctoral Researcher Program)
02/2012 - 03/2017 Senior Researcher at the Österreichisches Institut für Familienforschung (ÖIF), Universität Wien
2011 Doctorate (Dr. phil) at the Universität Münster, Graduate School of Politics (GraSP)
11/2007 - 02/2012 Researcher at the Chair for German Politics and Policy Research, Institute for Political Science, Universität Münster
2007 M.A. Political Science, Universität Münster

Research and Teaching Visits

09/2015 Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Düsseldorf (Invited as visiting researcher)
09/2011 University of Iceland, Institute of Political Science (Funded by the Erasmus teaching staff mobility program)
02-03/2009 Universität Wien, Österreichisches Institut für Familienforschung (Funded by the DAAD doctorate students program)

Research Interests and Current Research

  • Policy Research
  • Comparative social policy research, especially family policies, pension policies
  • Policy process and policy design
  • Policy narratives
  • Politics and gender
  • Evidence and politics

Current Projects

  • COST Action “Professionalization and Social Impact of European Political Science” (ProSEPS; led by G. Capano), Working Group 4 ‘The advisory role of political scientists in Europe’, 2016-2021


Current Publications (For a comprehensive list of publications see the profiles on Google scholar and Researchgate)

Journal Articles (*SSCI/ESCI)


Contributions to Books

Academic Networks


  • Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft
  • European Network for Social Policy Analysis (ESPAnet)
  • International Public Policy Association (IPPA)

Journals, Editorial and Reviewer Activities

Co-Editor of the book series Elemente der Politik (Springer VS)

Editorial Board

Policy and Society; European Policy Analysis; Social Inclusion

Reviewer for:

Community, Work & Family; Central European Journal of Public Policy; Croatian Journal for Social Policy; dms - der moderne staat; East European Politics and Societies; ERC Starting Grant; European Journal of Social Work; European Policy Analysis; European Research Council; European Societies; Evidence & Policy; German Policy Studies; German Politics; Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research; International Journal of Care and Caring; International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy; Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis; Journal of Family Studies; Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank; Österreichischer Austauschdienst; Policy Design and Practice; Policy Studies; Policy Studies Journal; Policy Sciences; Politics & Gender; Population Research & Policy Review; Regulation & Governance; Social Inclusion; Social Policy & Administration; Social Politics; Social Sciences; Sustainability; Swiss Political Science Review; The Policy Press; Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft