Ageing research that targets the interdependencies between societal processes, life courses and later life

The main perspectives are diversity, distributions and social inequality, life course and individual development as well as social and cultural change.

It is important to improve the understanding of later life and of the social consequences of demographic change as core issues within social sciences, social policies and society. Research on ageing is predominantly rather an interdisciplinary field than a discipline on its own. It needs disciplinary excellence as well as ongoing interdisciplinary input, exchange and stimulation to unleash its high relevance. By joining Linköping University, Professor Motel-Klingebiel aim at developing high-quality interdisciplinary ageing research and at generating impact on the national and European level with links to all fields of research on issues of ageing and demographic change. 

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is a Professor in Ageing and Later Life at Linköping University’s Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC) and a Sociologist and Gerontologist. Before accepting this position in Sweden, he was acting as Head of Research and Deputy Institute Director of the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) in Berlin, where he was the director of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS). Professor Motel-Klingebiel received my PhD in Sociology from Free University Berlin and got my venia legendi from the University of Vechta and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where he taught Gerontology and Sociology. He is the current vice-president of the Swedish Gerontological Society (SGS - and the Editor of the International Journal of Aging and Society (

Professor Motel-Klingebiel has extensive experience in quantitative research and my research targets the interdependencies between social change, life courses, human ageing and old age with an emphasis on quality of life, diversity, distributions, social inequality and exclusion. Current research focusses on working life, pension systems, care systems, ICT and ageism from a life course and diversity perspective.

Research projects



Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Daniela Klaus, Julia Simonson

Befragungen von älteren und alten Menschen

In Handbuch Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung

Chapter in book

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

A life course scholar’s view: Life courses crystallise in demographic structure

In Population ageing from a life-course perspective

Chapter in book

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Soziologie des Alters: Walker, Alan, und Liam Foster (Hrsg.): The Political Economy of Ageing and Later Life: Critical Perspectives. ISBN : 9787-1-84376248-5

In Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie

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