I have a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Rostock (Germany), an M.A. in Sociology, Biology and French from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and a licence in Sociology from the University René Descartes (Sorbonne) in Paris (France). After my education as a sociologist with interest in ecological problems, sustainability and social inequality, I continued in 2001 as a Ph.D.-Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. There I got a formation in demography and statistics and concentrated for my dissertation on socioeconomic differences in health and mortality, especially among the elderly in Denmark and the USA, under the supervision of Prof. James Vaupel and Prof. Peter A. Berger. From 2004 to 2008, I was a research scientist at Rostock University with Prof. Gabriele Doblhammer. My research interests are risk factors for health, aging, longevity, demographic change, East European health crisis, and mainly public health including health policy evaluation. The topic of socioeconomic health differences is still my main interest because (1) it opens interesting questions to basic theoretical and empirical research, e.g. the interplay between social and biological factors, (2) determinants of health are not only of academic interest but are relevant for almost everyone, (3) the topic is highly ranked on the political agenda. Reducing social differences in health is among the first goals of public health policy on the national, European and global level (WHO). I was Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in 2008/2009. Since then, I worked as a senior research scientist at the Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. In February 2013, I returned to the EUI to start a new project (funded by the European Research Council) on the causal relation between health and socioeconomic status.
Comparative Life Course and Inequality Research Centre
Department of Political and Social Sciences
European University Institute
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole - Italy