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.
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 has been accepted for publication 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.
A new article on competence management in the german craft sector has been published. Thanks to the editors of the Journal "Weiterbildung" for inviting me.
New article on cybergrooming of young adults in Germany. Thank you Sophie Weingraber and Christina Plath for the great collab!