We are engaged in the quantitative investigation of work, family and health in the life course with regard to social inequality.
This includes, for example, the role of social networks in unemployment, the influence of social policy on intergenerational relationships and support services, or the significance of living conditions in childhood for the social situation in old age. In addition, we address methodological aspects and challenges of empirical research on age and ageing, with a focus on the measurement of health.
Our work is internationally comparative and interdisciplinary. We cooperate with international partners from various fields such as economics, epidemiology, demography and gerontology.
In teaching, we primarily impart knowledge in the field of social structure analysis and quantitative social and age research and encourage independent empirical work by students.