I am a junior research group leader with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training System (BIBB). The Junior Research Group BeKomIng Digital brings together two of the current megatrends' "digitalization" and "demographic ageing" and examines them in the context of competence management of older workers in digitized learning environments. Furthermore, I am one of the initiators behind the #IchBinHannelore Project, which examines the role of "age" and "age discrimination" in academic careers.
I am working on questions in regard to ageism in the labour market, inequalities in retirement pathways, age management measurements, comparative labour market policies as well as post-retirement employment.
I received my doctorate from the University of Vechta, Institute of Gerontology where I explored competence management within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the German Craft Sector. In my dissertation focused on the group of older workers and investigated the strategies and determinants of SMEs in regard to developing the competences of their ageing workforces.
Prior to my position in Vechta I worked as a Project Manager/Researcher for the Bertelsmann Foundation out of their Brussels and Gütersloh Offices. I studied Sociology and Media Science at the Universities of Köln and Bochum as well as Sociology/European Societies at the Free University Berlin.