Paula Aleksandrowicz was born in Wrocław, Poland, and graduated in sociology and English studies at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her doctoral thesis at Jacobs University Bremen was on the impact in Poland and Germany of retirement legislation on companies' personnel policy and practice in dealing with older workers. She has published on issues of old-age pension policy, age management in companies and demographic change in small trade. Paula is currently working as a senior expert on demography at German Social Accident Insurance.
Per-Åke Andersson is a research fellow at the Department of Economics in the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds a PhD in economics. His main research areas are development economics, economic growth, international macroeconomics, aid effectiveness, health economics and labour economics.
Dominique Anxo is professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Statistics, Linnaeus University, Sweden, and director of the Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO). His research interests fall broadly into the areas of labour economics, industrial relations and gender economics. He has been involved in labour market analysis at both the national and international level and has, during the last decade, actively participated in multidisciplinary large European research projects and a European network of excellence. Within this framework he has edited several books and scientific papers related to changing work patterns, labour market transitions, evaluation of labour market policy programmes and cross-country comparison of employment and welfare state regimes.
Beate Baldauf is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick, UK. She is a social scientist by background and her research has covered a range of areas, including projects on ageing and employment, health and social care labour markets and education and training. Prior to joining the IER she worked at other research institutes in both the UK and Germany. (p.x)
Doris Bockermann finished her Master's degree in gerontology at the University of Vechta, Germany, in 2012, and worked as a student researcher at the Institute of Gerontology in Vechta. Her research interests are ageing and work, with a focus on civic commitment and non-profit organisations as well as the self-employment of older workers.
Carlos Chiatti holds a Master's degree in economics and a PhD in epidemiology. He is a research fellow at the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA), a visiting fellow at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and post-doctoral researcher at Lund Universitet (Sweden). In addition, he teaches health economics at the University of Ancona (Italy). His doctoral thesis was specifically focused on social inequalities in health and healthcare, but he has also worked on several international projects in the field of active ageing. At INRCA he recently worked on the project FUTURAGE, aimed at defining the roadmap for future ageing research in Europe. He is now working on a large community trial (UP-TECH project), funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, which aims to improve the provision of health and social care for patients affected by Alzheimer's disease through a better integration of existing services and the use of new technologies.
Wieteke Conen works as a labour economist at Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands, where she completed a PhD study on older workers. Formerly she was the project manager of the European project Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe (ASPA).
Frerich Frerichs graduated in sociology and psychology and completed a PhD in sociology. He has been professor for ageing and work at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Vechta, Germany, since 2006. Until 2006 he was head of the Department of Demographic Change, Labour Market and Social Policy for older workers at the Institute of Gerontology, Dortmund. His current research activities encompass labour market/social policy for older workers and employment policies/human resource management for an ageing workforce.
Sheila Galloway is a principal research fellow in the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick, UK. Her research is primarily qualitative. After a first degree and Master's in literature, her PhD in sociology was in professional (p.xi) development. She focuses on this and on researching people's working lives throughout the lifecycle, especially in the cultural sector in major national institutions and in the health sector.
Per H. Jensen is professor of social policy and director of the Centre for Comparative Welfare Studies, Denmark (www.ccws.dk). He has published widely in the fields of comparative welfare state analysis, formal and informal work, elder care, comparative labour market analysis, early exit/retirement, and the sociology of family and gender relations. He is coordinator of the 7th Framework Programme, Impact of Local Welfare Systems on Female Labour Force Participation and Social Cohesion (www.flows-eu.eu).
Giovanni Lamura is a social gerontologist with an international and interdisciplinary background, and has been working at the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Aging (INRCA) since 1992. He graduated in economics in Italy in 1990; obtained a PhD in ‘Life course and social policy’ at Bremen University (Germany) in 1995; was a visiting fellow in 2006-07 at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany); and was research director of the ‘health and care’ pillar of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (Austria) in 2010-11. He has gained experience in international research projects, mainly focusing on family and the long-term care of dependent older people, work–life balance, migrant care work, prevention of elder abuse and neglect, ICT-based initiatives to support informal carers, intergenerational solidarity, and interdisciplinary research on ageing in general.
Yuxin Li is a research fellow in the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick, UK. She has a PhD in economics and holds an MSc in econometrics and finance from the University of York, UK. Her research interests are in labour market studies such as the impact of demographic change, supply of and demand for skills, employment transitions and other employment-related issues. She also has an interest in applied micro-econometrics and other quantitative techniques.
Robert Lindley is professor and founding director of the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, UK. He is former pro-vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Warwick. He initially graduated in physics and holds an MSc in operational research from the London School of (p.xii) Economics and Political Science and a PhD in economics from the University of Warwick. His research interests include the labour market, its demographic context and relationships with the economy, social welfare and the education/training systems; and European socio-economies during the wider global transition.
Elena Mascova received her PhD in sociology from the Université Paris Descartes, France. A Laureate of Burgen scholarship, she worked as an assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Rennes, France, and then held a postdoctoral research fellowship at Téléuniversité in Montreal, Canada. At present she is a research manager at the Association Française des Managers de la Diversité. Her research focuses on different aspects of ageing and the institutional dynamics of social inclusion.
Jolanta Perek-Białas graduated as a statistician and economist in 2001. She works at the Warsaw School of Economics and in the Institute of Sociology at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She has been involved in international projects under the 5th, 6th and 7th Framework Programme of the European Union related to an active ageing policy and relevant topics (like Activating Senior Potential in an Ageing Europe –ASPA) and in projects for the Norwegian Research Council of Science, VW Foundation, OECD/LEED (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development/Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme. Her main scientific research interests include the socio-economic consequences of population ageing in Poland, and in selected Central and Eastern European countries, active ageing policy, age management, the social activity of older people, reconciliation of work and care, and the social exclusion/inclusion of older people.
Mélissa Petit has a PhD in sociology from the University Paris Descartes, France. She is a member of GEPECS (Groupe d'etudes pour l'Europe, de la culture et de la solidarité). Her thesis in 2012 was titled ‘Ageing and social temporalities: a comparison of France-Quebec’. Her research is based on ageing, volunteering, work after retirement and social temporalities.
Marielle Poussou-Plesse is assistant professor of sociology and has been a member of the Center Georges Chevrier at the University of Burgundy, France, since 2009. Her research interests include (p.xiii) social meanings related to retirement time and French social and employment policies promoting longer working lives.
Andrea Principi, sociologist, has been a researcher at the National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Ancona, Italy, since 2000. His main research interests relate to active ageing, that is, work, volunteering and education in older age, working carers' reconciliation of work for the labour market with informal care of older family members, and informal caregiving to older family members. He has participated in several European projects, including: ASPA: Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe, funded by the European Commission in 2008-11; Carers@work, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in 2009-10; Income from Work after Retirement –National Report Italy, funded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in 2012; and MOPACT: Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe, funded by the European Commission in 2013-17.
Joop Schippers is professor of labour economics in the Department of Law, Economics and Governance at Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has published a series of books and articles on male–female wage differences, human capital investments, labour market flexibility and organisational behaviour with respect to women and older workers.
Konrad Turek is a sociologist, labour market researcher and analyst working at Jagiellonian University, Poland, in the Institute of Sociology and in the Centre of Evaluation and Public Policy Analysis. He is co-coordinator of Human Capital Balance, one of the biggest research projects in Poland about the labour market (2010-14). In previous years he worked on the international project ASPA (Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe) within the 7th Framework Programme, and participated in several other international projects about population ageing. He specialises in the sociology of the economy, population ageing, the third sector, research methodology and statistics, especially in research and analysis of the labour market. He is the author of many scientific papers about the labour market, the ageing of society and the situation of older people, including articles in international journals and chapters in international books.