Birgit Apitzsch

Birgit Apitzsch is a sociologist and senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) in Goettingen, Germany. Her research interests are in the sociology of work and professions, and in processes of institutional change within labor markets and within the judiciary and health care systems. As a visiting praedoc at Yale University, as a doctoral and postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, at the University of Duisburg-Essen, and at the European University Institute in Florence, she studied the regulation of project-based forms of work and careers in flexible work arrangements, and also informalized employment, transnational labor and human trafficking. Her current research at the SOFI Goettingen, together with Berthold Vogel and colleagues at the Ruhr University in Bochum, explores changes of collective interest representation, civil society organizations and public services in the course of the expansion of legal technologies, and transformations within the institution of the German judiciary and legal professions. Furthermore, she investigates legal regulation and industrial relations, new solidarities and conflicts in the context of non-standard work in domestic labor and in knowledge-intensive fields (especially in health care and ICT services).

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