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Andreas Motel-Klingebiel


Social inequality, life course and social change provide a framework for ageing research on work and retirement, social participation, intergenerational relations, technology, living conditions, poverty, exclusion, age discrimination and ageism.

Addressing the interplay between social change, life course and later life in research on ageing and social inequality

It is important to understand the interactions between later life, life courses, social institutions and inequalities, and their relationship to demographic, institutional, technological, economic and political changes in contemporary societies. The research questions involved are at the core of social science, social policy and society as a whole, and require an interdisciplinary approach to address them.

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is Professor of Ageing and Later Life and Director of Research and Research Education in Ageing and Social Change at Linköping University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Free University of Berlin and habilitated at the University of Vechta and the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he taught Gerontology and Sociology. Prior to his professorship at LiU, he was head of research, deputy institute director, and director of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) at the German Centre for Gerontology (DZA), a researcher in the Research Group on Aging and the Life Course (FALL) at the Free University of Berlin, and in the Berlin Aging Study (BASE) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB). He is also chair of the research network 'Aging and Social Change', past vice-president of the Swedish Gerontological Society (2017-2020), past chair of the section 'Ageing and Society' in the German Sociological Association (2009-2013), and past chair of the European Sociological Association's research network 'Ageing in Europe' (2001-2007). He is and has been a board member, reviewer and expert for various organisations.

His main research interests are ageing and later life, social structure and inequality, life courses and social change. Since the 1990s, he has published on a wide range of topics from quality of life, work and retirement to inequality, mostly in a European comparative perspective, as well as on Germany and Sweden, and has many years of research experience with national and international survey and register data. His current research focuses on late working life and retirement, social relations, digitalisation, exclusion and discrimination from a life course and inequality perspective with a focus on productivity, inclusion, equity, resilience and sustainability.

He is currently PI of the research programme 'EIWO - Exclusion and Inequality in Late Working Life: Evidence for Policy Innovation Towards Inclusive Extended Work and Sustainable Working Conditions in Sweden and Europe' (Forte, 2019-01245) and the research network SIPET 'Sustainability, inclusiveness, productivity and equity and the transformation of Swedish working life courses' (Forte, 2022-009559). He is also Co-PI of the programme 'The Future of Intergenerational Solidarity in Europe after the Pandemic' (VolkswagenStiftung, ref. no. 9D251) and the project 'Personalised rehabilitation via novel AI patient stratification strategies' (Horizon Europe, GA 101080288). Previously, he was (co-)leader of several further research projects such as 'GENPATH - A life course perspective on the gendered pathways of exclusion' (Gender-NET/VR), the 'ITN EuroAgeism' (MSCA/EU Horizon 2020) and the German Ageing Survey (BMFSFJ), which he directed between 2005 and 2013. In addition, he is the scientific editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Change and has published in journals such as the Journals of Gerontology, the European Journal of Ageing, Ageing and Society, etc., while his very first  peer-reviewed journal publication was on 'Poverty in Old Age?', published in German in late 1993. He has (co-)edited various anthologies such as 'The Return of Old-Age Poverty' and is the main editor of the 'Research Handbook on the Sociology of Ageing', which will be published in 2025.



Arianna Poli, Annika Heuer, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2024) Differential Older Workers' Experience with Technology-related Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, Vol. 14 Continue to DOI
Gülin Öylü, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Susanne Kelfve (2024) Age Differences in Unemployment Risk and Reemployment Outcomes in Late Working Life in Sweden Journal of Aging & Social Policy, p. 1-26 Continue to DOI


Gülin Öylü, Chiara Natalie Focacci, Luis Serratos-Sotelo, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Susanne Kelfve (2023) When we were young: how labour market attachment during mid-life affects labour market exit International journal of sociology and social policy, Vol. 43, p. 245-262 Continue to DOI
Chiara Natalie Focacci, Gülin Öylü, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Susanne Kelfve (2023) The value of pension reforms for late working life: evidence from Sweden International journal of sociology and social policy, Vol. 43, p. 79-89 Continue to DOI
Arianna Poli, Susanne Kelfve, Katarina Berg, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2023) Old-age diversity is underrepresented in digital health research: findings from the evaluation of a mobile phone system for post-operative progress monitoring in Sweden Ageing & Society, Vol. 43, p. 2264-2286 Continue to DOI


Research programmes, projects, research infrastructure and funded research networks

Mirror at Hogny Spa Borensberg

GENPATH - GENdered PATHways of social exclusion in later life

GENPATH analyses gender differences in social exclusion across Europe. It asks for its roots and consequences in health and wellbeing in old age.

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EuroAgeism (ITN EuroAgeism)

EuroAgeism is a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, science-policy international research network. Advanced research and the training of a new generation of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of ageism are key for this endeavour.

EuroAgeism (ITN EuroAgeism)
EIWO - exklusion and inequality in later working life.

EIWO - Exclusion and Inequality in Late Working Life

EIWO pushes the boundaries of knowledge about late work and the potential of its inclusive and equal prolongation - it provides evidence for ageing work and life course policies.

Selected further collaborations


Collaborations and networks