Prof. Dr. Debra Hevenstone


Prof. Dr. Debra Hevenstone Dozentin

  • Contact hours Tuesday
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Social Work
    Abteilung Soziale Systeme
    Hallerstrasse 10
    3012 Bern


  • Research: comparative social policy, social insurance design, financing of social services, labor market integration

  • Teaching: Data & Statisics, Comparative Social Policy

  • Data and social services

  • Social policy design


  • Social Policy, Data Analysis, Management


  • Social service financing/contracts

  • Social insurance design

  • Gender & the labor market

  • Active labor market programs

  • Digitalization & data for practice


  • Debra's research focuses on social policy design related to public policy financing and labor market policy. She has a strong interest in administrative data, quantitative methods, and simulation.
  • 2023 Visiting Professor Evans School, University of Washington
  • 2017-present Professor Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 2011-2016 Senior Researcher University of Bern
  • 2013-2016 Senior Researcher University of Zurich
  • 2010 Visiting Researcher MDRC, New York
  • 2009-2011 Research Economist Policy Studies Institute, London
  • 2007-2009 Visiting Researcher ETH, Zurich
  • 2008 Visiting Collaborator International Labor Organization, Geneva
  • 2006-2009 Editorial Assistant Journal of Sociological Methodology
  • 2004-2005 Research/Teaching Assistant University of Michigan
  • 2000-2003 Senior Research Analyst Brookings Institution, Washington DC
  • 1999-2000 Research Assistant University of Chicago
  • 1998-1999 Case Manager Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County, Seattle
  • 1998-1999 Recruitment and Case Manager Denise Louie Head Start, Seattle
  • 2003-2008 PhD in Sociology & Public Policy University of Michigan, USA
  • 2006-2008 Certificate in Complex Systems University of Michigan, USA
  • 2000-2001 MA in Social Science University of Chicago, USA
  • 1994-1998 BA in History Bard College, USA
  • 1997 Semester abroad in Social Sciences (BA) Universidad Blas Pascal, Argentina
  • A1 French Migros Klubschule, 2021
  • Certificate in Didactics, Bern University of Applied Science, 2018
  • Essex Quantitative Methods Summer School, Bayesian Statistics, 2008
  • Pedagogical Training for Teaching Assistants, University of Michigan, 2006
  • Intensive Italian Madre Lingua, Bologna, 2006
  • ICPSR Quantiative Methods Summer School, Geostatistics, 2004
  • Intensive Spanish, Instituto Cultural Oaxaca,1995



  • Fernandes, Ana; Hevenstone, Debra (2023). Income Losses Following First Births. (working paper, revision in progress)


  • LIVES , Swiss Centre of Expertise in Life Course Research working groups

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

  • European Network for Social Policy Analysis

  • Society of Labor Economists

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • German - Full professional proficiency
  • Spanish - Limited working proficiency
  • French - Elementary proficiency
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Cuba
  • Argentina