Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Stein Ringen, a Norwegian political scientist, is emeritus professor at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, and an affiliate of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He started his academic career as a junior fellow at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo and was subsequently Professor of Welfare Studies at the University of Stockholm, senior research scientist at the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics, and adjunct Professor at Lillehammer University College. He has held visiting professorships and fellowships in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Brno, Barbados, Jerusalem, Sydney, Hong Kong, and at Harvard University. He has been Head of Research in the Norwegian Ministry of Public Administration, Assistant Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice, a consultant to the United Nations, and a news and feature reporter with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.
His books include The Korean State and Social Policy (co-authored, Oxford University Press 2011), and, most recently,The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century (Hong Kong University Press 2016). His blog on democracy is on www.ThatsDemocracy.com