Portrait: Prof. Dr. Anita Pfaff
Economist Prof. Dr. Anita Pfaff,
first women’s representative at the University of Augsburg
Since 1971, initially active as an academic adviser, subsequently as professor of economics in the then Department of Economics and Social Sciences.
Born in Vienna as the daughter of Indian politician Subhash Chandra Bose (Netaji) and the Austrian Emilie Schenkl, Anita Pfaff studied at the University of Augsburg and has taught economics, especially microeconomic theory, distribution theory, and labour market theory and policy, since 1971. She played a leading role in Augsburg’s economic and social science focus on "social policy" and "socioeconomics of the health system".
Pfaff's research interests were primarily in social policy (geriatric policy, family policy and women's studies), the field of health economics and public health, transfer economics and finance. She has many years of experience in scientific policy advice, e. g. as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Women's Policy at the Federal Ministry for Youth, Families, Women and Health or Women and Youth (1989 - 1993) and the Advisory Board for Spatial Planning at the Federal Ministry for Building and Urban Development (1991 - 1994). She is also a member of the study commission "Demographic Change" of the German Bundestag.
Anita Pfaff has also held various functions in scientific consultancy and administration. From 1978 to 1982 , for example, she was a member of the extended board of the Society for Economic and Social Sciences - Association for Social Policy, and was also a member of several scientific advisory boards, including deputy chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin. She is co-founder and deputy director of the International Institute for Empirical Social Economics (INIFES) and a member of the board of the Bavarian Research Association for Public Health.
Since 1989/90 she was women’s representative at the University of Augsburg. After her retirement in 2008, she became the first “amica universitatis” of the University of Augsburg.