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 of 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 as well as post-retirement employment.
Prior to my position in Vechta I worked as 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.
Studioguest with NDR1 Radio to talk about on how to plan your retirement. Thank you for the invitation!
Our ECR workshop on "Mixed-Methods in Ageing Research" will take place in Halle/Saale, 01.09.2020. Registration is open until 5th of April
New Working Paper on Generational Differences in Housing together with Wouter De Tavernier, Moritz Hess and Sebastian Merkel. Full Story at Tagung2020: Wohnen und Gesundheit im Alter with a Poster titled: Do young people stand alone in their demand to live alone? The intergenerational conflict hypothesis rebuked
My Dissertation "Betriebliches Kompetenzmanagement älterer Arbeitnehmer*innen: Eine betriebssoziologische Analyse im Handwerk" is online available at Springer
Some of my joint work with Moritz Hess on post-retirement employment was cited in the Süddeutsche Zeitung
New article on Ageism in labour market integration online at International Journal of Manpower, together with Wouter De Tavernier, Moritz Hess & Frerich Frerichs
Happy to announce that my PhD Thesis was awarded with the the Dissertationspreis der Universitätsgesellschaft Vechta
Honored to have been invited as studio guest with the TV-Show "Planet Wissen" (WDR) to talk about "Ageism and its Consequences" (in German)
Greatful to co-chair two sessions at the "Gemeinsame Fachtagung der Sektionen III und IV der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Gerontologie" in Berlin, together with Andrea Teti
Happy to present my thesis on comepetence management of older workers in SMEs at the "DGS Herbstkonferenz der Sektion Altern und Gesellschaft" in Vienna, Austria
New Publication on sanctioning older unemployed in Europe with data form ESS with Elias Naumann, Wouter De Tavernier and Moritz Hess
New Publication on a Critical Perspective on Ageism and Modernization Theory together with Wouter De Tavernier and Moritz Hess
New Publication on Delaying Retirement together with Wouter De Tavernier, Moritz Hess and Dan Holman
I successfully defended my PhD thesis at the University of Vechta
New Ted-Like-Talk on "Altersdiskriminierung am Arbeitsplatz" available on Youtube
I did an interview with the blog TheAgeBuster.com on ageism in the workplace