Professor Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

Barnett Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Politics Professorial Fellow of St Cross College

On sabbatical leave until September 2017.

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser studied Political Science, American Studies and Public Law at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich (Germany) (MA 1989; Dr phil 1993) and was awarded the venia legendi in political science (habilitation) by Bremen University (Germany) (2001).

Prior to his appointment at Oxford in 2004, he held appointments at the Universities of Bremen and Bielefeld (Germany) as well as Duke University (North Carolina, USA). He was a visiting scholar/guest professor at George Washington University (USA; 1996), Shizuoka University (Japan; 1997) and Aalborg University (DK; 2008). In 2016/2017, he is a Visiting Professor at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Starting from October 2017 Seeleib-Kaiser will take up the newly established Chair of Comparative and Applied Public Policy at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen (Germany).

Seeleib-Kaiser has held various administrative and managment positions in academia; from 2011 to 2015 he served as Head of Department.


His research focuses on the politics of social policy and comparative social policy analysis. He has worked on the relationship between globalization and welfare systems, political parties and the welfare state, the interplay between ‘public’ and ‘private’ social protection policies and associated processes of dualization and more recently on social rights of EU citizens. 

Seeleib-Kaiser’s research has been funded by the Anglo-German Foundation, the British Academy, the ESRC, the European Commission, the European Trade Union Confederation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Research Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation. He has also advised a number of governments and the EU Commission.

Martin Seeleib-Kaiser's key areas of research focus are (click to expand):

Comparative Social Policy
EU Social Policy
Dualization of Social Protection
Youth outsiderness and unemployment

Current DPhil Students

Previous Students

Many of his previous students have gone to work in academia. Among them are: Timo Fleckenstein (LSE); Soohyun Lee (Leeds); Marek Naczyk (Oxford); Pavel Ovseiko (Oxford); Adam Saunders (Oxford); Jennifer Sigafoos (Liverpool); Manuel Souto-Otero (Cardiff); Tuukka Toivonen (UCL); Hiroaki Watanabe (Sheffield); Barbara Zarate (CIDE, Mexico City).