Laura Löwe

DOCTORAL FELLOW

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Office: Feldkirchenstr. 21, Room: FG1/01.05, 96052 Bamberg, Germany
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E-Mail: laura.loewe(at)uni-bamberg.de
Phone: +49(0)951/863-2475
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Pillar 2: Educational and Socail Inequality Across the Entire Life Course

Field: Sociology

Research Interests: Stratification in Higher Education, Education as Positional Good, Labour Market Returns to Higher Education, Social Inequality
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// DISSERTATION PROJECT


Social inequality in German higher education graduates’ labour market outcomes. An investigation in the course of educational expansion and heterogeneity processes in the graduate labour market.


The dissertation project examines how the association between social origin and labour market outcomes of German higher education graduates is affected by educational expansion. Regarding LM rewards in the course of educational expansion, it is presumed that HE certificates become less informative and that LM rewards become more heterogeneous as graduate jobs become more wide-ranging. It is going to be clarified how expansion processes in (higher) education affect the value of (different) HE credentials with regard to LM outcomes and how social origin effects are reflected in the internal HE stratification to conclude how this potentially changing value of different HE tracks influences the association between social origin and LM success. To comply with the potentially changing value of HE credentials, the most central aspect of this dissertation is the treatment of education as a positional good which implies measuring educational credentials as well as further stratification parameters within HE (field of study, type of institution, type of degree and examination grade) relative to other credentials. The application of education as a positional good with a special focus on HE stratification will contribute to international research trends in social mobility research and opens up new insights regarding research on the German HE system and its LM outcomes. Moreover, revealing largely disregarded processes that potentially contribute to the formation and reproduction of social inequality in HE is of central interest in terms of societal issues regarding equal opportunities and distributive justice. The analyses are based on the adult cohort (respondents born between 1944 and 1986) of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS).

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// CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS


2019

“Socially selective labour market outcomes of higher education graduates in the course of educational expansion.” 3rdJoint Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Barcelona, 20thand 21stJune 2019. Poster presentation.

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// ACADEMIC BACKGROUND


2014 - 2018
Master's degree (M.A.) in Sociology at the University of Kassel
Thesis: “Grade Inflation in German Higher Education. An empirical investigation in the causes of Grade Inflation.”

2011- 2013
Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Sociology and English Studies at the University of Kassel
Thesis in German: “Die zeitliche Entwicklung der sozialen und akademischen Integration Studierender deutscher Hochschulen. Eine empirische Analyse anhand der Daten des Konstanzer Studierendensurveys.“

 

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// EXPERIENCE


Academic Experience

09/2013 - 02/2018
Student Assistant at the Chair for Methods of Empirical Social Science, University of Kassel

09/2017 - 12/2017
Student Assistant for the project "Competence orientated assessment of communicative skills of students (KomPrue)” at the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER)


Teaching Experience

10/2012 – 03/2017
Tutor for Methods of Empirical Social Science l and ll at the University of Kassel

 

Voluntary Experience

Since 05/2019
Student representative in the BAGSS Executive Committee and member of the Doctoral Student Council

 

 

 

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