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.