CV, including publications

Education

  • 09/2014 - present: PhD fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • 10/2009 - 10/2013: M.A. in Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • 10/2006 - 09/2009: B.A. in Social Sciences, Bielefeld University

Research Experience and Employment History

  • 10/2017 - present: Researcher at the Working Group of Prof. Leisering, Bielefeld University
  • 10/2017 - 12/2017: Visiting Researcher at ACTORE, Antwerp University
  • 04/2017 - 9/2017: Visiting Researcher at IHEID, Geneva (The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
  • 09/2014 - 09/2017: PhD Fellowship at BIGSSS, Bremen
  • 10/2010 - 8/2014: Research assistant at the Working Group of Prof. Leisering, Bielefeld University and at the DFG-funded project group FLOOR ("Financial Assistance, Land Policy, and Global Social Rights"), project group "Social Cash Transfers - The Global Construction and Diffusion of the Right to a Monetary Minimum" headed by Prof. Leisering, Bielefeld University

Teaching Experience

  • Summer semester 2018: Seminar "Ideen, Wissen und Diskurse in der Sozialpolitik" ("Ideas, knowledge and discourse in social policy"), Bielefeld University
  • Winter semester 2017/2018: Seminar "Internationale Organisationen in der globalen Sozialpolitik" ("International organizations in global social policy"), Bielefeld University
  • Winter semester 2015/2016: Seminar "'Governing by Numbers' in der globalen Sozialpolitik" ("'Governing by Numbers' in global social policy"), University of Bremen
  • Summer semester 2014: Seminar "Internationale Organisationen in der globalen Sozialpolitik" ("International organizations in global social policy"), Bielefeld University
  • Winter semester 2013/2014: Seminar "Internationale Organisationen in der globalen Sozialpolitik (im Politikfeld Grundsicherung)" ("International organizations in global social policy (in the policy field of minimum security)"), Bielefeld University
  • 10/2010-09/2013: Student research assistant at the DFG-funded project group FLOOR ("Financial Assistance, Land Policy, and Global Social Rights"), project group "Social Cash Transfers - The Global Construction and Diffusion of the Right to a Monetary Minimum" (principal investigator Prof. Lutz Leisering PhD), Bielefeld University
  • 02/2009-03/2009: Internship at the Landtag Niedersachsen (German state parliament of Lower Saxony), Hannover/ Germany
  • 09/2008: Internship at the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Social Research Centre), Dortmund/ Germany

Publications

Journals, peer-reviewed

  • Berten, John (2019). 'Failed indicatorisation: Defining, comparing and quantifying social policy in the International Survey of Social Services of the Interwar Period'. Historical Social Research, 44(2), forthcoming.
  • Berten, John and Leisering, Lutz (2017). 'Social policy by numbers. How international organisations construct global policy proposals.' International Journal of Social Welfare, 26(2), pp. 151-167.

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Berten, John (2017). Evaluation and simulation: Producing evidence in the global politics of social cash transfers. In: Annabelle Littoz-Monnet (ed.), The politics of expertise in international organizations. How international bureaucracies produce and mobilize knowledge. New York: Routledge (Global Institutions series).

Other

  • Weible, Katrin, Böger, Tobias, and Berten, John (2015). 'FLOORCASH-Basic. The basic dataset on social cash transfers in the global South', Version 2, Research Project FLOOR (FloorCash). Bielefeld University. Available at: www.floorcash.org.

Conferences & Workshops

  • 06/2019: Co-organization and chair of workshop "Anticipatory global governance: International organisations and political futures" (with Dr. Matthias Kranke, University of Warwick), European Workshops in International Studies, Kraków, Poland
  • 08/2018: "Translating global social policy knowledge: How numerical technologies construct universal policy models", ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, Germany
  • 05/2018: "Realizing conditional cash transfers: Technologies of expertise and the creation of a model of global social policy", Workshop "Technologies of expertise as technologies of authorization", Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 10/2017: Co-organization and chair of panel "Where is IR in global social policy?" (with Anna Wolkenhauer, BIGSSS), Conference "5. Offene Sektionstagung der IB-Sektion", Bremen, Germany
  • 10/2017: "Technologies of expectation in global social policy: From actuarial science to simulation and projection", Halle (Saale), Germany
  • 10/2017: "Numerical technologies as instruments of knowledge translation and production in global social policy, Conference "Wissen in der Transnationalisierung: Zur Ubiquität und Krise der Übersetzung", Trier, Germany
  • 09/2017: "Transforming the 'social': Indicators and algorithms in global social policy", ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway
  • 07/2015: "Simulated policies and the generation of evidence. Quantification and numerical tools in the new global politics of social assistance", Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, Lille, France
  • 05/2015: "Simulation and evidence. Quantification and numerical tools in the new global politics of social assistance", Workshop "Production and uses of expertise by international bureaucracies", Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland 
  • 11/2014: "Numerical instruments in global social policy and development", Meeting of the AK Gewaltordnungen of the DVPW "Was wissen wir schon!? - Gewalt, Ordnung und Wissen in der Weltgesellschaft", Bremen, Germany
  • 09/2014: "Measuring the global social - Numerical tools in global social policy making and development", ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 07/2014: "Social policy by numbers - numerical tools in global social policy making", XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan 
  • 11/2013: "Measuring the global social - Numerical tools in global social policy making" (with Prof. Lutz Leisering PhD), Author's Colloquium with Sally Engle Merry "Quantifying the world society - Knowledge technologies, governance, rights", Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany