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Tabea Sophia Goldboom

tabea goldboom

Freie Universität Berlin


PhD Candidate

desiguALdades.net: Doctoral Researcher (01/09/2010 - 30/04/2013)

Boltzmannstr. 1
14195 Berlin, Germany

Academic Career

Since 9/2010

Doctoral Researcher desiguALdades.net, Berlin, Germany
10/2009 - 8/2010 Research Assistant at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin
Since 10/2009 Doctoral student at Freie Universität Berlin
7/2008 - 9/2009 Programme Coordinator at Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), Frankfurt
9/2007 - 5/2008 Participant of the Postgraduate Programme of Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE/GDI), Bonn
9/2005 - 12/2006 Graduate Student at University of Chicago, USA (M.A. in the Social Sciences)Fellow of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
4/2002 - 9/2005 Undergraduate Student of Social Anthropology (major), Economics at Freie Universität Berlin

Fellow of Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Microinsurance as Social Protection: Negotiations about the Welfare Mix in the Face of Global Social Policy

My research is concerned with current transformations of social protection and with the role of transnational actors in this field. More concretely, I study the proliferation of insurance products for the low-income population in developing countries, so-called microinsurance. Microinsurance schemes are promoted by a complex transnational network of international institutions, insurance companies, NGOs, microfinance institutions, and often public institutions. Among the main purposes of microinsurance is the extension of formal social protection to informal workers and peasants. Adopting a broader perspective, this research asks how this mechanism is to be characterized if considered from the view point of welfare production paradigms. In many cases, the introduction of microinsurance opens an arena for negotiations about the particular responsibilities of households, communities, the private sector, and the state with regard to social protection. My research is concerned with these negotiations that are initiated as micro-insurance is translated into the local context and becomes part of the local life-worlds of the target population. I study the welfare paradigms that microinsurance becomes part of and the influence that national and international actors have on this process. As I focus on agricultural microinsurance, climate change is a central reference point of the negotiations under consideration.  

Tabea Goldboom (2010): Lateinamerika nach der globalen Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise. Die Diskussion über wirtschafts- und finanzpolitische Strategien in der Region in Think-Tank-Publikationen und Fachzeitschriften, 2. Halbjahr 2009 - 1. Halbjahr 2010. SWP-Zeitschriftenschau 2010/ZS 05, September 2010.

Haldenwang, Ch. v. with Tabea Goldboom et al. (2009): Administración tributaria municipal en el contexto del proceso de descentralizacion en el Peru. Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

Haldenwang, Ch. v. with Tabea Goldboom et al. (2009): Kommunale Steuerverwaltung im Kontext des peruanischen Dezentralisierungsprozesses: Das Modell der semiautonomen Steueragenturen. Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). 

Tabea Goldboom (2007): Conflicting interests in a rough labour market – young women facing unemployment in Cairo, in: Thomas Hüsken (ed.): Youth, Gender and the City – Social Anthropological Explorations in Cairo. Cairo: Goethe-Institut Egypt.


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