Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 2000
    Studied sociology, French philology and philosophy in Bonn and Düsseldorf, Germany, and Brussels, Belgium

  • 2000
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in sociology (minoring in French philology and philosophy)

  • 2001 – 2006
    Research and teaching post in the research group "Ageing and the life course", Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin

  • 2007
    Doctorate (Dr phil.)

  • 2007
    Postdoc "Patterns, causes and consequences of inequalities in health of the older population", University of Manchester, UK

  • 2007 – 2010
    Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, University of Manchester

  • 2010 – 2017
    Head of the junior research group "Paid work beyond retirement age in Germany and the UK", SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (until 2015: Centre for Social Policy Research), University of Bremen

  • 2016 – 2017
    Interim professor (sociology with a focus on gender studies), University of Konstanz

  • 2017 – 2018
    Postdoc, SOCIUM, University of Bremen

  • since 2018
    Professor (W2) of sociology with a focus on social policy and the life course (2018 to 2023 funded by the "Network Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research", Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs), SOCIUM, University of Bremen

Selected publications

  • Scherger, S., Vogel, C. (Hrsg.) (2018): Arbeit im Alter. Zur Bedeutung bezahlter und unbezahlter Tätigkeiten in der Lebensphase Ruhestand. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

  • Lux, T., Scherger, S. (2017): By the sweat of their brow? The effects of starting work again after pension age on life satisfaction in Germany and the UK. In: Ageing & Society 2(37), S. 295-324.

  • Hagemann, S., Scherger, S. (2016): Increasing pension age – inevitable or unfeasible? Analysing the ideas underlying experts’ arguments in the UK and Germany. In: Journal of Aging Studies 39, S. 54-65.

  • Scherger, S. (Hrsg.) (2015): Paid work beyond pension age. Comparative perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

  • Hokema, A., Scherger, S.: Working pensioners in Germany and the UK: Quantitative and qualitative evidence on gender, marital status and the reasons for working. In: Journal of Population Ageing 1-2(9), 2016. S. 91-111.

  • Scherger, S., May, V., Nazroo, J.: Work and family trajectories: Changes across cohorts born in the first half of the 20th century. In: Journal of Population Ageing 1-2(9), 2016. S. 131-155.

  • Scherger, S.: Zwischen Privileg und Bürde. Erwerbstätigkeit jenseits der Rentengrenze in Deutschland und Großbritannien. In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform 2(59), 2013. S. 137-166.

  • Scherger, S., Nazroo, J., Higgs, P.: Leisure activities and retirement: Do structures of inequality change in older age? In: Ageing and Society 1(31), 2011. S. 146-172.

  • Scherger, S., Savage, M.: Cultural transmission, educational attainment and social mobility. In: Sociological Review 3(58), 2010. S. 406-428.

  • Scherger, S.: Social change and the timing of family transitions in West Germany. In: Time and Society 1(18), 2009. S. 106-129.

  • Scherger, S.: Destandardisierung, Differenzierung, Individualisierung. Westdeutsche Lebensläufe im Wandel. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden 2007.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Emmy Noether junior research group "Paid work beyond retirement age in Germany and the UK", 2010 – 2017

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