Bernd Marin
Bernd Marin

Executive Director until 11 September 2015

Contact details
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Berggasse 17, A-1090 Wien
Tel: +43-1-319 45 05-0 / or ext. 13/14
Fax: +43-1-319 4505-19
Email: Marin
Assistant to the Executive Director: Werner Guenter Bregar

Prof. Dr. Bernd Marin, born in Vienna in 1948, was Executive Director of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, affiliated to the United Nations, in Vienna (ECV) from February 1988 till September 2015. 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, 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 completed his Habilitation in Linz and carried-out post-doctoral research at Harvard University (1978/79), a visiting professorship (Warsaw 1981) and several visiting lectures across Europe. 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, Prof. 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. More recently, in 2010 to 2013 he was Profesor Visitante por el Instituto Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud, Fundación H.A. Barceló, Faculdad de Medicina, Buenos Aires, 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, Lecturer at the MCTC of Mashav in Haifa, and Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.

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 Wissenschafts-zentrum für Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin, at the Max-Planck Institut für Sozialwissen-schaften (Starnberg) and the Max-Planck Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (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 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 guides the RIS monitoring process Mainstreaming Ageing: Indicators to Monitor Implementation (MA:IMI) together with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), currently within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding till 2014. In of 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.

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 Intredisciplinary Platform on Ageing (ÖPIA), since 2010 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 Member of the UNECE Task Force on Ageing-related Statistics of the Conference of European Statisticians.

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
  • Welfare in an Idle Society? Reinventing Retirement, Work, Wealth, Health, and Welfare
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  • 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
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  • Facts and Figures on Long-Term Care. Europe and North America (with Manfred Huber, Ricardo Rodrigues, Frédérique Hoffmann, Katrin Gasior), 2009
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  • Mainstreaming Ageing. Indicators To Monitor Sustainable Policies (Ed. with Asghar Zaidi), 2007
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  • Transforming Disability Welfare Policies. Towards Work and Equal Opportunities, (Ed. with Christopher Prinz and Monika Queisser), 2004
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  • Facts and Figures on Disability Welfare (with C. Prinz), 2003
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  • Innovative Employment Initiatives (Ed. with Dennis Snower and Danièle Meulders), 2000
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  • Antisemitismus ohne Antisemiten. Autoritäre Vorurteile und Feindbilder, 2000
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  • Pensionsreformen. Nachhaltiger Sozialumbau am Beispiel Österreichs, (with C. Prinz, 2nd edition), 1999
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  • Managing AIDS: Organizational Responses in Six European Countries (Ed. with P. Kenis), 1997
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  • Die Zukunft des Alterns. Sozialpolitik für das Dritte Lebensalter (Ed. with A. Evers and K. Leichsenring), 1994
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  • Welfare in a Civil Society (main author), 1993
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  • Policy Networks. Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Considerations (Ed. with Renate Mayntz), 1991
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  • Generalized Political Exchange. Antagonistic Cooperation and Integrated Policy Circuits (Ed.), 1990
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  • Governance and Generalized Exchange. Self-Organizing Policy Networks in Action (Ed.), 1990
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  • Verfall und Erneuerung im Bauwesen (Ed.), 1987
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  • Unternehmerorganisationen im Verbändestaat, Bd.I, 1986
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  • Antisemitismus in Österreich. Sozialhistorische und soziologische Studien (with J. Bunzl), 1983
  • Die Paritätische Kommission. Aufgeklärter Technokorporatismus in Österreich, 1982
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  • Wachstumskrisen in Österreich? Bd.I: Grundlagen (with M.Wagner), 1979
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  • Wachstumskrisen in Österreich? Bd.II: Szenarios (Ed.), 1979
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  • Politische Organisation sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschungsarbeit, 1978
Prof. 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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