Institute of Sociology

Prof. Pia S. Schober, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, with focus on microsociology.


Office
Department of Sociology
Wilhelmstraße 36 (1st upper floor, room 108)
72074 Tübingen
 +49 7071 29 73462
pia.schoberspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de
Secretary: Svitlana Benz

Team members

Office hours

During lecture period: Wed 3-4 pm,  by appointment  with Frau Benz

From 01.03.2019 on maternity leave. Prof. Schober will be replaced by Dr. Sandra Krapf

No theses supervision in SS 2019


Academic career

since 2016
Chair of Microsociology

at the Department of Sociology of the University of Tübingen

2012-2016
Senior Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

at the Department of Education and Family. She remains associated with the DIW Berlin as a Research Fellow.

2009-2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK

PiaSchober held two post-doctoral research fellowships, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and by the British Academy and was based at the Department of Sociology in Cambridge.

2009
Ph.D. in Social Policy at the London school of Economics

Thesis: "From Partners to Parents: The gender division of domestic work, parenthood, and relationship quality of British couples".


Research interests

  • Social and gender inequalities in child care, education and child development
  • Gender, division of labour and work-family balance
  • Demographic processes of family formation and dissolution
  • Family policy and early childhood education and care policy
  • Quantitative methods

Previous research projects

Current PhD students

  • Juliane Stahl (DIW Berlin und International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course)
  • Gundula Zoch (Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, Universität Bamberg)
  • Karoline Mikus (LEAD Graduate School, Universität Tübingen)
  • Isabelle Fischer (LEAD Graduate School, Universität Tübingen)
  • Luisa Streckenbach (Deutsches Jugendinstitut, München)

Teaching

Teaching topics

 

  • Sozialstrukturanalyse
  • Familiensoziologie
  • Bildungssoziologie
  • Gender, Demographie und Wohlfahrtsstaat
  • Quantitative Längschnittsdatenanalyse
  • Quantitative Methoden der Politik- und Programmevaluation

Courses in the winter semester 2018:

 

  • Quantitative Microsociology: Work and care choices in European families (BA)
  • Student research project: Parenthood and family policies (MA)
  • Colloquium (BA / MA)

Thesis Supervision

To discuss possible supervision of Master and Bachelor theses in Sociology, students should come to the first session of the colloquium in the respective semester or make an office hour appointment with  Svitlana Benz (svitlana.benzspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de). A list of rough suggestions for thesis topics which currently are of particular interest to team members of the chair of microsociology can be found in the right column as well as an overview of formal requirements for registration, submission and format of theses. Students are required to download and include with their thesis a signed declaration of originality (Eigenständigkeitserklärung) in either English or German.

 

 


Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Book chapters

  • Camehl, G. F., Schober, P. S. and Spieß, C. K. (2014) A SOEP-Related Study: Early Childhood Education and Care Quality in the Socio-Economic Panel (K2ID-SOEP), in: Gerstorf, Sandra and Jürgen Schupp (ed.): SOEP Wave Report 2014, Berlin, pp.31-33
  • Schober, P. S. (2014) Day-care trends for children under three years in Germany, in Leon, M. The Transformation of Care in European Societies, London: Palgrave, 208-232
  • Schober, P. S. (2014) Family Policies from Gender Equality Perspectives. A European Comparison, in Jin, Y. and Schlaeger, C. (Eds.) Family Changes in China and Study on Family Policies, Nanjing Normal University
  • Schober, P. S. (2014) Female-male earnings ratio among skilled workers, in: Michalos, A. C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research, Dordrecht: Springer, 2238-2240
  • Schober, P. S. (2012) Stratification, work and early parenthood, in: Blackburn, B., Connelly, R., Gayle, V. und Lambert, P. (eds.) Social Stratification: Trends and Processes, Ashgate
  • Schober, P. S. (2005) Karriere- und Familienplanung tschechischer und österreichischer Frauen im Vergleich (Career- and family planning of Czech and Austrian women in comparative perspective), in: Reif, E. und Schwarz, I. (eds) Zwischen Konflikt und Annäherung, Südwind Niederösterreich Verlag

Policy reports

  • Pia S. Schober, C. Katharina Spieß, Juliane F. Stahl, Gundula Zoch and Georg F. Camehl (2017) "The Early Childhood Education and Care Quality in the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP-ECEC Quality) Study - K²ID-SOEP Data", Data Documentation 91, Berlin: DIW Berlin, https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.561222.de/diw_datadoc_2017-091.pdf
  • Schober, P. S. and Zoch, G. (2015) Kürzere Elternzeit von Müttern - gleichmäßigere Aufteilung der Familienarbeit?, DIW Wochenbericht 50.2015, http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.522139.de
  • Schober, P. S. (2015) Increasing Father Involvement in Child Care: What Do We Know about Effects on Child Development? DIW Roundup, Nr. 79. 2015, http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.514686.de
  • Schober, P. S. (2015) ‘Daddy leave’: a route to greater gender equality in housework and childcare?, Policy Network Newsletter, April 2015, http://www.policy-network.net
  • Camehl, G. F., Stahl, J. F., Schober, P. S. and Spieß, K. (2015) Does Better, Cheaper Day Care Make for More Satisfied Parents?, DIW Economic Bulletin, 45/46/2015: 604-611, http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.519304.de/diw_econ_bull_2015-45-3.pdf
  • Camehl, G. F., Stahl, J. F., Schober, P. S. and Spieß, K. (2015) Höhere Qualität und geringere Kosten von Kindertageseinrichtungen – zufriedenere Eltern?, DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.46.2015, http://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.518981.de/15-46.pdf
  • Schober, P. S. (2014) Daddy Leave: Does It Change the Gender Division of Domestic Work?, DIW Roundup Nr. 46. 2014, http://www.diw.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=diw_01.c.489441.de
  • Schober, P. S. and Stahl, J. F. (2014) Childcare Trends in Germany: Increasing Socio-Economic Disparities in East and West, DIW Economic Bulletin, 11.2014, https://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/diw_01.c.491964.de/diw_econ_bull_2014-11-7.pdf
  • Schober, P. S. and Stahl, J. F. (2014) Trends in der Kinderbetreuung seit dem Mauerfall –sozioökonomische Unterschiede verstärken sich in Ost und West, DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.40.2014
  • Schober, P. S. and Spieß, C. K. (2014) Kita-Qualität für Erwerbsverhalten von Müttern mit Kleinkindern relevant – Zusammenhang eindeutiger in Ostdeutschland, DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.21.2014
  • Schober, P. S., Spieß, C. K. and Anders, Y. (2014) Early childhood education and care quality: Investigating socio-economic selection, child development and information asymmetries, in: Jacobs Foundation (2014), Annual Report 2013
  • Schober, P. S. and Schmitt, C. (2014) Ausbau der Kinderbetreuung – Entlastung der Eltern erhöht Lebenszufriedenheit, DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.50.2013
  • Schober, P. S. and Spieß, C. K. (2012) Frühe Förderung und Betreuung von Kindern: Bedeutende Unterschiede bei der Inanspruchnahme besonders in den ersten Lebensjahren, DIW Wochenbericht, Nr.43.2012, 17-28
  • Plagnol, A. C., Schott, J. and Schober, P. S. (2010) Gender equality in paid and unpaid work: Priorities for UK policy intervention, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 29 (2010), 7: 711 – 715

Book reviews

  • Schober, P. S. (2014) Review of ‘Persistence, privilege, and parenting: The comparative study of intergenerational mobility’ by T. M. Smeeding, R. Erikson, and M. Jäntti (eds.), (Russel Sage, 2011), and ‘From parents to children: The intergenerational transmission of advantage’ by J. Ermisch, M. Jäntti, and T. Smeeding (eds) (Russel Sage, 2012), Journal of European Social Policy, 24 (2014), 4, 400-402
  • Schober, P. S. (2012) Review of ‘Social Policies, Labour Markets and Motherhood’ by Del Boca, D. and Wetzels, C. (eds) (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Economica, 79 (2012), 314-316
  • Schober, P. S. (2010) Review of ‘Contemporary Fathering: Theory, Policy and Practice’ by Featherstone, B. (Bristol: Policy Press, 2009), Journal of Social Policy, 39 (2010): 494-496

Working papers

  • Schober, P. S. and Zoch, G. (2015) Change in the gender division of domestic work after mummy or daddy took leave: An examination of alternative explanations, SOEP Papers 803
  • Peter, F. H., Schober, P. S. and Spieß, C. K. (2014) Early Birds in Day Care: The Social Gradient in Starting Day Care and Children's Non-cognitive Skills, DIW Discussion Paper 1438
  • Schober, P. S. and Spieß, C. K. (2014) Local Day-Care Quality and Maternal Employment: Evidence from East and West Germany, SOEP Papers 649
  • Schober, P. S. and Schmitt, C. (2013) Day-care expansion and parental subjective wellbeing: evidence from Germany, SOEP Papers No.602
  • Schober, P. S. (2012) Parental Leave Policies and Child Care Time in Couples after Childbirth, SOEP Papers 434
  • Schober, P. S. (2011) Maternal Labor Market Return, Parental Leave Policies, and Gender Inequality in Housework, SOEP papers 422
  • Schober, P. S. (2010) The parenthood effect on gender inequality: Explaining the change in paid and domestic work when British couples become parents, GeNet Working Paper No. 42
  • Schober, P. S. (2010) Gender equality and outsourcing of domestic work, childbearing, and relationship stability among British couples, GENet Working Paper No. 41