Jonas Radl, PhD


I am a sociologist from Berlin and currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) as well as a Visting Research Professor at WZB Berlin Social Science Center. I am also a member of the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM) and Institute of Economics (IE-UC3M). I was the Principal Investigator of the research project “Effort and Social Inequality” (EFFORT), funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, and led a Research Group at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center related to this interdisciplinary project.

I studied Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin and obtained a PhD in Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. I was a “Juan de la Cierva” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Spanish National Distance-learning University (UNED) and a “Ramón y Cajal” Senior Fellow at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.  I have also previously acted as scientific advisor to the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI), serving as Vice-Chair of NORFACE and being involved in the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives”. Between 2019 and 2024, I was member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) and from 2023 to 2024 served on its first Ombudsperson Team.

I coordinate the UC3M Research Group “Social Structure and Population”. Furthermore, I am affiliated to the ISA’s Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification and Mobility, and the Research Group on “Population and Society” (GEPS). I am also a Member of the Diversity Assessment Working Group of the  Diversity and Gender Network (DiGENet) and a Fellow of the “Network for Studies of Pensions, Aging and Retirement” (Netspar).  Moreover, I am on the Editorial Board of the journal “Work, Aging and Retirement”.

My research interests include: social stratification and educational attainment, retirement and the life course, gender and family, personality, and ethnic inequality.

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