Simone M. Schneider
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
I'm a social scientist working at the intersection of comparative social policy, political sociology, and social psychology. I am particularly interested in the legitimation and reproduction of social inequality. I want to better understand (1) how individuals perceive and legitimate inequalities and related social policies, (2) how perceptions and justification patterns are shaped by the socio-political context, and (3) how individuals emotionally and behaviourally respond towards them.
In 2021, I was awarded a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project ‘The (Mis)Perception of Economic Inequality: The Impact of Welfare State Institutions on Social Perception and Preference Formation’ (PERGAP). Together with a team of researchers, I will create a comprehensive dataset on the institutional imprints of social disparities inherent in social security systems and study their impact on perceptions of inequality and distributive justice. The project started in December 2022.
My work appeared in European Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies, Methods - Data - Analyses, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Oxford University Press.
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