Beltane Fellow: Jan 2016
Elke is a graduate of the University of Mannheim and has a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute in Florence. She joined the Social Policy Subject Area at the School of Social and Political Sciences in September 2009. Her principal research interests are comparative welfare state policies, in particular labour market and unemployment policy, as well as health policy.
Elke’s Fellowship project focuses on the finalisation and launch of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Social Wellbeing that was developed together with Beltane Fellow Neil Thin and other colleagues at the University of Edinburgh. The idea for this MOOC came about during Elke’s time as Principal Investigator of the GLADS (Good Lives And Decent Societies) public engagement workshop series funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. At the time she was involved in several meetings, facilitated by Scotland’s Futures Forum, with a variety of governmental, third sector and academic stakeholders who share a common interest in promoting more explicit, systematic, and joined-up thinking and planning for wellbeing in Scotland.