About Bernd Marin

Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin, born in Vienna in 1948, is Founder and Director of the European Bureau for Policy Consulting and Social Research in Vienna since 2016. 2019/2020 he is a Europe’s Futures Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna. 2015 to 2018 he was leader of the international “Social Inclusion Monitoring (SIM) Europe Reform Barometer” Project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. From 2015 to 2016 he was Director („Rektor“) of the US-American Webster Vienna Private University.


From 1988 to 2015 he has been Executive Director of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, a social science think tank affiliated to the United Nations in Vienna (ECV). From 1984 to 1988 he was Professor of Comparative Political and Social Research at the European University Institute (EUI), the EU University in Florence, where he was also Head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (1986 – 1987).


After studies of social sciences at the University of Vienna and a post-graduate training at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna (IHS), he became Research Fellow and later Deputy Director of the Institute for Conflict Research in Vienna from 1975 to 1984. In this period he also carried-out post-doctoral research at Harvard University (1978/79), completed his Habilitation in Linz (1981), held visiting lectures across Europe, including a visiting professorship at Warsaw University (Fall 1981). Since 1972 he taught sociology, political science, government and socio-economics in various Austrian universities (University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), and the universities in Linz and Innsbruck).


Since 1981, Bernd Marin lectured in universities in Europe and overseas, i.a. Harvard, M.I.T, Columbia, New York University (NYU), New School of Social Research, New York, City University of New York (CUNY), Cornell University, Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Montréal, Budapest, Moscow, Roskilde, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Kent, Bielefeld, Paris (Institut d’Études Politiques, Sciences Po), and Tokyo, and was Visiting Professor in Zürich, Warsaw, Florence, and Innsbruck.


In the recent decade, he was Profesor Visitante por el Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud, Fundación H.A. Barceló, Faculdad de Medicina, Buenos Aires (2010), Visiting Professor of Social Policy at the European Forum (jointly run by the Social Sciences, Humanities and Law Faculties) of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2011) and Lecturer at the MCTC of Mashav in Haifa (2012), Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (2013), at the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing (2013), at the University of Southampton (2014), at the ESRC Research Methods Festival at Oxford University (2014), Director (Rektor) of the Webster Vienna Private University (2015/2016), Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York (March/April 2017) and Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at Oxford University (May 2018), Guest (June and November – December) 2019) and Europe’s Futures Fellow (September 2019 – June 2020) at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM). In 2019/2020 he was a Visiting Professor at the Department for Social Welfare at Seoul National University (SNU) and Visiting Scholar at the Jong Min Foundation (both in November 2019) and at the Gaidar Forum, as well as Visiting Professor at the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow (both January 2020). In December 2020/January 2021 he will lecture at the Postgraduate Public Health Program of the Medical University of Graz.


He also worked with and lectured in research centres outside universities, among others at Tavistock Institute London, LABOS Rome, SISWO Amsterdam, NIZW Utrecht, STAKES Helsinki, IMSERSO Madrid, IIASA Laxenburg, IWM, Vienna, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna, at the Management Institute of the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin, at the Max-Planck Institut für Sozialwissenschaften (Starnberg) and the Max-Planck Institut für Gesellschafts-forschung (MPIG, Cologne), at the Deutsche Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA) Berlin, at the L’École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (C.S.O./CNRS) and at the Maison de Sciences de l’Homme, all Paris.


Prof. Marin has served as an expert and policy advisor to various governments, international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, to business and management, to voluntary and interest organizations, chambers of commerce and trade unions, and has been co-operating with institutions such as The World Bank, OECD, WHO, ILO, ISSA, the Commission of the European Communities, the Council of Europe, EBRD, ISSC, ICSW, etc. He was responsible for and main author of the scientific background report (Welfare in a Civil Society) to the All-European Conference of Ministers Responsible for Social Affairs in Bratislava in 1993, involved in the preparation of the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) in Copenhagen 1995, and the WSSD follow-up on a European Regional level Innovative Employment Initiatives in 1998 in Vienna.


Since 2001, he served as a rapporteur in preparing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) for the Second World Assembly on Ageing (WAA-II, Madrid 2002) and its UN-European Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) at the UNECE Ministerial Conferences on Ageing (MiCA) Berlin 2002, León 2007 and Vienna 2012. Since 2004 he guided the RIS monitoring process Mainstreaming Ageing: Indicators to Monitor Implementation (MA:IMI) together with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding till 2014. In the context of the International Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity 2012, the Active Ageing Index (AAI) was developed on behalf of the EU Commission and UNECE by the European Centre and continuously elaborated since. From 2012 till May 2019 he served as an expert to UN-ECE in Geneva and to the EU Commission in Brussels on Ageing and the  Active Ageing Index (AAI).


Prof. Marin was member of pension reform commissions in Austria, in 2009 Founding Member, Member of the Executive Board (2009-2013) and Member at the Scientific Advisory Board (since 2013) of the Austrian Interdisciplinary Platform on Ageing (ÖPIA), 2010 to 2015 Head of the Advisory Council of SeneCura, 2012-2015 Member of the Commission on Finance and Global Economic Development at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 2013 he is a Member of the UNECE Task Force on Ageing-related Statistics of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES). Between 2012 and 2016 he advised and provided expertise, among others, to governments and public administrations in Sweden, the Ukraine, Spain, Slovenia, South Korea and Germany.


To German authorities, for instance, he recently advised both on pensions and the Active Ageing Index (November 2016, Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, Berlin, Runder Tisch „AktivesAltern – Übergänge gestalten“, Arbeitsgruppe „Active Ageing Index“). He was a member of the scientific expert circle (Wissenschaftliches Gutachtergremium und Beraterkreis) for the Fifth Report on Poverty and Wealth (Fünfter Armuts- und Reichtumsbericht /5.ARB) from 2014 to 2017, debated in cabinet by the German Government in March 2017. From 2015 to 2018 he coordinated the Social Inclusion Monitoring (SIM) Europe Reform Barometer project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, carried out together with Christian Keuschnigg from the University St. Gallen.


In 1979, Bernd Marin transformed the Journal für angewandte Sozialforschung, established by Paul F. Lazarsfeld in 1961, into the Journal für Sozialforschung, which developed for many years into one of the most widely circulated social science journals in German speaking countries, and which he served as an Editor from 1979 till 1996. He is also a public speaker and contributor to civic debates in newspapers and magazines, radio and TV, apart from being an author of social science publications in many languages, of far over hundred publications in scientific journals and contributions to collected volumes, and more than twenty monographs and edited books, including:


  • DIE WELT DANACH. Leben, Arbeit und Wohlfahrt nach dem Corona-Camp (Falter Verlag , 140 p), März 2021
  • Österreich zwischen gut und besser. Soziale Inklusions-Bilanz in vergleichender Sicht (Report Bertelsmann Stiftung, mit Jan Arpe, 2017)
  • The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe (ed.), 2015 (523 p)
  • Welfare in an Idle Society? Reinventing Retirement, Work, Wealth, Health, and Welfare (2013, 701 p)
  • Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-Term Care. Europe and North America (with Katrin Gasior, Manfred Huber, Giovanni Lamura, Orsolya Lelkes, Ricardo Rodrigues, Andrea Schmidt, Eszter Zólyomi), 2012
  • Women’s Work and Pensions: What is Good, What is Best? Designing Gender-Sensitive Arrangements (Ed. with Eszter Zólyomi), 2010
  • Facts and Figures on Long-Term Care. Europe and North America (with Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues, Frédérique Hoffmann, Katrin Gasior), 2009
  • Mainstreaming Ageing. Indicators to Monitor Sustainable Policies (Ed. with Asghar Zaidi), 2007
  • Transforming Disability Welfare Policies. Towards Work and Equal Opportunities, (Ed. with Christopher Prinz and Monika Queisser), 2004
  • Facts and Figures on Disability Welfare (with C. Prinz), 2003
  • Innovative Employment Initiatives (Ed. with Dennis Snower and Danièle Meulders), 2000
  • Antisemitismus ohne Antisemiten. Autoritäre Vorurteile und Feindbilder, 2000
  • Pensionsreformen. Nachhaltiger Sozialumbau am Beispiel Österreichs, (with C. Prinz, 2nd edition), 1999
  • Managing AIDS: Organizational Responses in Six European Countries (Ed. with P. Kenis), 1997
  • Die Zukunft des Alterns. Sozialpolitik für das Dritte Lebensalter (Ed. with A. Evers and K. Leichsenring), 1994
  • Welfare in a Civil Society (main author), 1993
  • Policy Networks. Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Considerations
    (Ed. with Renate Mayntz), 1991
  • Generalized Political Exchange. Antagonistic Cooperation and Integrated Policy Circuits (Ed.), 1990
  • Governance and Generalized Exchange. Self-Organizing Policy Networks in Action (Ed.), 1990
  • Verfall und Erneuerung im Bauwesen (Ed.), 1987
  • Unternehmerorganisationen im Verbändestaat, Bd.I, 1986
  • Antisemitismus in Österreich. Sozialhistorische und soziologische Studien (with J. Bunzl), 1983
  • Die Paritätische Kommission. Aufgeklärter Technokorporatismus in Österreich, 1982
  • Wachstumskrisen in Österreich? Bd.I: Grundlagen (with M.Wagner), 1979
  • Wachstumskrisen in Österreich? Bd.II: Szenarios (Ed.), 1979
  • Politische Organisation sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschungsarbeit, 1978


Bernd Marin is a comparative social scientist working on the transformations of modern welfare societies and social security systems and their sustainability, more recently on innovative employment initiatives, health, care and disability policies, mainstreaming ageing into economic and social policies, and pension reforms. Apart from pension schemes, he empirically analysed knowledge production and economic policy-making, interest organizations, business associations and industrial labour relations.


Regarding the future of work and social policies, he focused on changes and innovations in labour markets and social insurance / protection, in operating and working times, job-creation, flexible lifetiming, and their implications for inter-generational and gender relations. In social theory, he worked on (corporate, intermediary and societal) governance, systems of self-regulation, co-operative change management, policy networks, generalized political exchange, and on optimizing the welfare-mix and societal activation as prerequesites of sustainable wealth, health, welfare and well-being.


He communicates in German, English, French and Italian.


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