I studied Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin (Diplom, 2006) and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence in 2010. Until 2014, I have been a Postdoctoral Researcher and „Juan de la Cierva“ Fellow at the Spanish National Distance-learning University (UNED) in Madrid.
I am an active member of the ISA’s Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, and I am member of the Editorial Board of the journal „Work, Aging and Retirement“. I act as stakeholder representative within the EU FP7 project FamiliesAndSocieties. Moreover, I am on the Management Committee of COST Action IS1409 on “Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries” and co-leader of its Working Group on „Policy tool-kits, innovative policies and good practice“. Since October 2015, I co-manage the Joint Programming Initiative „More Years Better Lives“ for the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
My research interests include: retirement and the life course, social stratification and educational attainment, gender and ethnic inequality, social participation and family.