On 7 February 2019, Professor Franziska Gassmann of UNU-MERIT will deliver the UM Star Lecture.
Prof. Gassmann’s research, which focuses on social protection systems in developing countries as well as in Western societies, shows that it is important for governments to invest in social protection. Especially now that there is an increase in self-employment and irregular jobs, which are often precarious, we have to wonder whether there is still a future for our welfare states. Prof. Gassmann links these questions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 1 (eradicate poverty), and posits that reliable income support not only improves the position of poor and vulnerable groups in society, but also reinforces the economy.
Franziska Gassmann is Professor of Social Protection and Development at Maastricht University and Professor of Poverty and Social Protection at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science. At UNU-MERIT, she is leading the research theme on Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development. Her research studies social protection policies and the measurement of poverty and vulnerability using primarily empirical methods based on large household surveys. Currently, the focus of her research is on understanding investments in social protection in low- and middle-income countries, and the implications of the changing nature of work for the welfare state.
For more, see the event announcement on the Maastricht University website.