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 of Ageing and Social Change (ASC) and a Sociologist and Gerontologist. 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 research director and head of the Division of Ageing and Social Change at Linköping University and the Editor of The Journal of Aging and Social Change. Before accepting this professorship at LiU in Sweden, he also held positions as Head of Research and Deputy Institute Director of the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) in Berlin, where he, among others, was the director of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS), and as researcher at the Research Group on Aging and the Life Course (FALL) at Freie Universität Berlin as well as 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 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 multi-level 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 late working life and retirement, ICT, social relations, exclusion, ageism and age discrimination from a life course and inequality perspective.