I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Gerontology, Department of Ageing and Work at the University of Vechta, Germany.
I received my doctorate from the University of Vechta, where I worked in the BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) funded Project "Integrierte Kompetenzentwicklung im Handwerk (In-K-Ha)", which explored competence management within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the German Craft Sector.
In my dissertation I specifically looked at the group of older workers and investigated the strategies and determinants of SMEs in regard to developing the competences of their ageing workforces. Currently I am working on questions in regard to ageism in the labour market, inequalities in retirement pathways, sustainable labour market policies as well as post-retirement employment.
Prior to my position in Vechta I worked as a Project Manager/Researcher for the Bertelsmann Foundation out of their Brussels and Gütersloh Offices. Here I was involved in several projects focussing on ageing work forces and extending working lives. I studied Sociology and Media Science at the Universities of Köln and Bochum as well as Sociology/European Societies at the Free University Berlin.
Thanks to the Katholische Stiftungshochschule München for inviting me to give a talk on work in retirement and for all the participants for the fruitful discussion.
We presented what's happening at the EIWO-programme at a conference held by the German Pension Funds. Great discussion and first conference with real people in the audience in almost two years.
I was invited to speak about competence management of older worker at the Demografietagung organized by the Demografieberatung Österreich. Thanks for having me!
Thanks to all the participants of our Early Career Researcher Symposium on MIxed-Methods, which we organized at the mid-term conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gerontologie und Geriatrie.
I was invited by the Citizen Science Projekt BeWizzard to talk about the compatibility of work and care. Thanks for the invitation and the great discussion!
I presented our recently published paper on the question if older workers are adapting to the policies of late working life at the European Sociological Association Conference (ESA).
Looking forward to the summerschool on "Empirical Approaches to Aging Research" which is held at the University of Vechta this month. I will be offering a PhD Workshop on Mixed-Methods and participate in a podium discussion on Career Perspectives in Research.
Happy to present our new paper on "Planned Retirement Timing in Europe" at the 50th British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, together with Moritz Hess, Jana Mäcken, Wouter De Tavernier und Lena Becker. Update: Paper is now published with Frontiers of Sociology!
With a one year delay, due to Covid-19, I was finally able to present some current research on housing, intergenerational conflict, working pensioners and older unemployed at the 25th Nordic Congress of Gerontology.
I was invited to give a talk at the FAUST-Gasthörendenprogramm on Ageism, it's occurence and why we need to fight it.
New bookchapter on Work after Retirement (in german), together with Jürgen Deller.
Super proud to announce that some of our research on Ageism is featured in the recently published "Global Report on Ageism" by the World Health Organization / United Nations.