The Department of Medical Sociology at the University of Dusseldorf is a leading research and teaching institution in the field, both nationally and internationally, as evidenced by a recent evaluation by the National Science Council in Germany.
The Department is well known for its research on social determinants of health, in particular the role played by the psychosocial work environment. Research staff are involved in several leading European cohort studies, e.g. Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), GAZEL (France), Whitehall II (England). The Department is part of a recently established ‘Centre for Health and Society’ at the University of Dusseldorf, an institution devoted to expanding and strengthening research on the social determinants of health. The Department is involved in collaborative European research on social inequalities in health, with a focus on work and employment.
The Department is responsible for research on fair employment, and contribute to other aspects of the project by providing specific social science expertise. Close collaborative links will be developed for work on case studies and advocacy and policy.
Staff members involved:
Professor Johannes SIEGRIST, PhD: Professor of Medical Sociology and member of the Council of the University of Dusseldorf. He has been principal investigator of many research projects dealing with social determinants of health for 30 years. Internationally, he is best known for his model of effort-reward imbalance which is now applied in numerous investigations worldwide. He received several international distinctions, namely the membership of Academia Europaea, the corresponding membership of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences, and the Research Award of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology in 2004.
Hanno HOVEN, M.A.: Junior Researcher and PhD Candidate with substantial expertise in social science research methodology and social determinants of work and health.
Morten WAHRENDORF, PhD: Sociologist with substantial expertise in research methodology and in comparative research on social inequalities, quality of work and health and ageing. Morten Wahrendorf is a member of the international SHARE consortium and responsible for comparative data analysis based on SHARE and additional cohort studies. He is currently a Research Associate at the the International Center For Lifecourse Studies In Society and Health, University College London.
Thorsten LUNAU, M.A.: Junior Researcher and PhD candidate with substantial expertise on research methodology, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Simone WEYERS, PhD: Senior Researcher and a sociologist with substantial expertise in translating scientific results into policy. Simone Weyers has been the scientific co-ordinator of the ESF programme on Social variations in health expectancy in Europe.
Professor Nico DRAGANO, PhD: Head of the Department of Medical Sociology and Director of the Postgraduate Training Program on Public Health at the University of Dusseldorf. As successor of Prof. Siegrist and former scientific collaborator Nico Dragano provides his extensive sociological and epidemiological expertise for collaborative efforts within the project.