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Bastian Betthäuser

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Sociology

Research Interests: Equality of condition and equality of opportunity; Atypical employment and intergenerational social mobility.

Bastian Betthäuser’s research examines education and labour market policy and its implications for social inequality from a life-course and intergenerational perspective. His work focuses on the relationship between equality of opportunity and equality of condition in society using quasi-experimental research designs. Bastian is particularly interested in the effects of institutional and structural changes on the social mobility chances of disadvantaged youth and individuals in atypical employment in Germany and Britain. His research also examines the micro-level mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of inequality, focussing on the role of individual-level characteristics such as cognitive and non-cognitive attributes.

Bastian’s work has been published in leading journals in sociology and public policy, including the European Sociological Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Advances in Life Course Research and the European Journal of Social Security. His research has been funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.

Bastian currently teaches the module on Education Policy for the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI). He has previously taught a course on Social Policy in the 21st Century for the MPP programme in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG). He has also taught quantitative research methods at DSPI and has developed an online course on Social Policy and Welfare States in the Twenty-first Century for the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Bastian Betthäuser


Betthäuser, B. A. (2019) The Effect of the Post-Socialist Transition on Inequality of Educational Opportunity: Evidence from German Unification, (forthcoming).

Bukodi, E., Bourne, M., & Betthäuser, B. A. (2018). Cognitive Ability, Lifelong Learning, and Social Mobility in Britain: Do Further Qualifications Provide Second Chances for Bright People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds? European Sociological Review, 35(1), 49-64.

Bourne, M., Bukodi, E., Betthäuser, B. A. , & Goldthorpe, J. H. (2018). ‘Persistence of the social’: The role of cognitive ability in mediating the effects of social origins on educational attainment in Britain. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Betthäuser, B. A. (2017) Fostering Equality of Opportunity? Compulsory Schooling Reform and Social Mobility in Germany. European Sociological Review, 33(5), 633–644.

Betthäuser, B. A. (2017) Protecting outsiders? Corporatism and the dualisation of unemployment protection in Germany and Austria. European Journal of Social Security, 19(3), 209–224.

Bukodi, E., Bourne, M., & Betthäuser, B. A. (2017). Wastage of talent? Social origins, cognitive ability and educational attainment in Britain. Advances in Life Course Research, 34, 34–42.