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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.

Ageing research on the interdependences between social change, life courses and later life

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 the social consequences of demographic change as core issues within social sciences, social policy and society. Research on ageing is predominantly an interdisciplinary field rather than a discipline in its own right. Nevertheless, it needs disciplinary excellence as well as continuous interdisciplinary input, exchange and stimulation to unfold its high relevance.

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is a sociologist and gerontologist. He is Professor of Ageing and Later Life at the Division of Ageing and Social Change (ASC), Linköping University. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Free University of Berlin and venia legendi from the University of Vechta and the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he taught Gerontology and Sociology. He is Research Director and Head of the Division of Aging and Social Change at Linköping University and Editor of the Journal of Aging and Social Change. Before taking up the professorship at LiU, he was Head of Research and Deputy Institute Director at the German Centre for Gerontology (DZA) in Berlin, where he was, among other things, Director of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS), 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).

Professor Motel-Klingebiel has extensive experience in quantitative research with national and international survey and registry data, and his research targets the multi-level interactions between social change, life courses, human ageing and old age, with a focus on quality of life, diversity, distribution, social inequality and exclusion. It aims to develop high quality interdisciplinary multi-level research on ageing with strong links to research on ageing and social change and to generate impact at national and European level. Current research focuses on late working life and retirement, ICT, social relations, exclusion, ageism and age discrimination from a life course and inequality perspective.



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
Wenqian Xu, Lotta Aavikko, Eija Karnae, Honglin Chen, Muzawir Arief, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Ning An (2023) Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic: Learning experiences of an online Sino-Nordic doctoral summer school on aging Educational gerontology Continue to DOI
George Pavlidis, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel, Marja Aartsen (2023) Exclusion from social relations in later life: on the gendered associations of social networks with mental wellbeing Aging & Mental Health, Vol. 27, p. 1313-1321 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.

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Collaborations and networks