Hanna Lierse is a political economist at the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen. Her main research interest pivots around the transforming role of states and how they intervene to address the market inequalities created by capitalist societies. She has published papers on the historical rise of the tax and the welfare state and on how contemporary challenges have shaped the redistributive capacity of the state. In one of her more recent projects she investigates the transition to green public finances, particularly green taxes and subsides. Although her main research area has been on the transformation of the state in Western Europe, she has also studied the role of the state in the Global South.