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Curriculum Vitae - Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner

Academic Degrees

Habilitation (Sociology), 1997, Free University Berlin

Dr. rer. pol. (Sociology), 1987, Free University Berlin

Diploma (Sociology), 1983, University Hamburg


January 1998 - present
University of Cologne
Full Professor (C3) of Sociology at the Institute of Sociology & Social Psychology, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

October 1997 - January 1998
University of Cologne
Interim Professor of Sociology at the Research Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

January 1988 - September 1997
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Research assistant, senior researcher of the research unit for “Sociology and Social Policy” of the Berlin Aging Study of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin (November 1988 - September 1977) and Principal investigator of the project “Family and Fertility in Germany” (October 1994 - November 1997) 

February 1984 - December 1987
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Ph.D. fellow, project “Life Courses and Social Change”

June 1982 - January 1984
Technical University Hamburg-Harburg
Research assignment of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Hannover, on “Spatial Consequences of the Development of new Household Types”

Research Affiliations and Visits

July - August 2012

University of Groningen

Research stay


May - July 2012

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI); The Hague

Research stay



Expertise for a commission set up by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to improve the informational infrastructure by cooperation of the scientific community and official statistics on the subject “Cohort Studies in Germany”



Cooperation for the study “On the subjective estimation of the expectancy of life and the age of retirement” (Collaborative Research Centre 3 of the German Research Foundation DFG)


April - May 1986

Institut National d’Études Démographiques, Paris

Research stay