Kathrin Komp




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I'm an associate professor in social gerontology, meaning the part of social sciences dealing with older people. My research investigates how population ageing challenges welfare states and societies, especially in times of economic crisis. To study these topics, I often apply a life-course perspective and utilize quantitative research methods. I am working at the Population Research Unit, Department of Social Research, Helsinki University, Finland. Additionally, I am on the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association.

About my work

Europe currently is the oldest continent in the world and it is still ageing. The following book argues that social inequalities and time-delayed effects ("life-course effects") are important for understanding population ageing. Additionally, this book shows how practitioners and policy-makers can utilize life-course effects in their work.

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Publiation Date: 3/2015

304 pages, hardciver

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The ageing of Europe's population affects societies, labour markets, welfare states, families, and individuals. The following book explains in an easily-accessible way how population ageing transforms Europe:

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Publiation Date: 1/2013

141 pages, softcover and eBook

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A new phenomenon in ageing populations is the increasing number of healthy retirees ("third-agers" or "the young old"). If you would like to know more about this group of older people, have a look at this book:

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Publiation Date: 2/2011

296 pages, hardcover

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