The main perspectives on ageing and later life are diversity, distributions and social inequality, life course and individual development as well as social and cultural change.
It is important to deepen the understanding of ageing and later life as well as 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. Nevertheless, it needs disciplinary excellence as well as ongoing interdisciplinary input, exchange and stimulation to unleash its high relevance.
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 a PhD in Sociology from Free University Berlin and got his 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 – http://www.sgs.nu
) and the Editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Change (http://agingandsociety.com/journal
Professor Motel-Klingebiel has extensive experience in quantitative research with national and international survey and register data and his research targets the multi-level interdependencies between social change, life courses, human ageing and old age with an emphasis on quality of life, diversity, distributions, social inequality and exclusion. He aims at developing high-quality interdisciplinary ageing research with thorough links to the fields of research on issues of ageing and social change and at generating impact on the national and European level. Current research focusses on working life and retirement, health and care, ICT, exclusion, ageism and age discrimination from a life course and inequality perspective.