Institutes and researchers contributing to FACTAGE

Research Institutes


Mikkel Barslund

Mikkel coordinates the FACTAGE project. He is a research fellow at CEPS where he leads the Ageing Societies Programme. In the past he has managed CEPS teams involved in both FP7 (MoPAct) and Belgian Science Foundation (BEl-ageing) financed projects on ageing. Mikkel has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Backhaus, A. and Barslund, M. (2019). The Effect of Grandchildren on Grandparental Labour Supply: Evidence from Europe. SHARE Working Paper Series 34-2019.

Barslund, M & Werder, M. (Forthcoming). Measuring ageing using National Transfer Accounts. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research.

Asghar Zaidi

Asghar Zaidi is Professor in International Social Policy at University of Southampton, UK. He is also visiting Professor at London School of Economics. Since 2012-2013 he has led the research work of the Active Ageing Index and the Global AgeWatch Index. Recently, he worked with Age UK to construct the Index of Wellbeing in Later Life “WILL”.

Zaidi, A and K. Howse (2017) ‘The Policy Discourse of Active Ageing: Some Reflections’, J of Population Ageing, DOI 10.1007/s12062-017-9174-6

Zaidi, A., K. Gasior, B. Marin, R. Rodrigues, A. Schmidt, and E. Zolyomi (2016), ‘Measuring active ageing in Europe’, Journal of European Social Policy, 1–20, DOI: 10.1177/0958928716676550.

Lars Ludolph

Before joining the Economic Policy unit of CEPS, Lars Ludolph was an economist at the Financial Stability and Risk Management Department of the Central Bank of Malta where he carried out research on sovereign debt sustainability. Prior to that, Lars worked at DG Trade of the European Commission as part of the unit responsible for supervising impact assessment studies of free trade agreements.

Andreas Backhaus

FACTAGE Picture Andreas BackhausAndreas Backhaus is a Research Fellow in the Economic Policy unit of CEPS. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Munich. At CEPS, Andreas also contributes to the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM).

Backhaus, A. and Barslund, M. (2019). The Effect of Grandchildren on Grandparental Labour Supply: Evidence from Europe. SHARE Working Paper Series 34-2019.

Statistics Austria

Johannes Klotz

STAT Principal Investigator of FACTAGE. Ph.D. in Statistics at University of Vienna, project manager at Statistics Austria. Subjects: demographic indicators, stochastic models in demography, differential mortality, treatment evaluation.

Tobias Göllner

Graduated in Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Besides working on differential mortality estimations for FACTAGE, teaching courses on statistics and genetics. Currently planning his dissertation to bring all research interests together.

Markus Bönisch

Since 2005 senior researcher at Statistics Austria and national project manager for PIAAC Austria. Research focus: education/skills and employment, illiteracy, survey methodology.

Kathrin Gärtner

Doctorate in Psychology (Greifswald/Germany), since 2007 analyst and project manager at Statistics Austria in the areas of education, quality of life and well-being, for FACTAGE also policy makers’ views on age, pension system and fairness.

Matthias Till

Head of unit Analysis and Projections at Statistics Austria. Aiming to create added value from existing data sources in social statistics and modernise data collection systems. His broad research interests include poverty indicators and survey methodology.

Jakob Peterbauer

Since 2012 researcher at Statistics Austria. Research focus: educational research, quantitative social research methods, nonresponse bias.

Eduard Stöger

PhD at the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences at the University Twente in the Netherlands. Since 2008 senior researcher at Statistics Austria. Research focus: competence development, initial vocational education and training, further education.


Lucy Stokes

Lucy Stokes is a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Principal Investigator for the UK team working on the FACTAGE project. She has more than a decade of research experience, with a particular interest in employees’ experiences at work. She has recently co-authored research on the working experiences of older individuals and the effects of changes in age composition on workplace performance for the UK Department for Work and Pensions.

Stokes, L., Bryson, A., Bewley, H. and Forth, J. (2017). Older workers and the workplace: Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey. DWP Research Report No. 939, Department for Work and Pensions.

van Wanrooy, B., Bewley, H., Bryson, A., Forth, J., Stokes, L. and Wood, S. (2013) Employment Relations in the Shadow of Recession: Findings from the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study. Palgrave MacMillan

Andreas Cebulla

Andreas Cebulla is a sociologist with economic research and policy evaluation experience, including the use of complex and longitudinal data. His main research interests are inequality, welfare policy, youth transitions, ageing and disability. He is currently based at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, whilst retaining a research fellow position at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London.

Bauknecht, J. and A. Cebulla (2016). Extending Working Lives - Sticks and Carrots to Get the Older Unemployed Back into Employment. Intereconomics, Volume 51, May/June 2016, Number 3, 134-139.

Cebulla, A. S. Butt and N. Lyon (2007). Working beyond the state pension age in the United Kingdom: the role of working time flexibility and the effects on the home. Ageing and Society, 27, 6, 849-867.

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is a Principal Research Associate at UCL's Department of Social Science. He has more than 25 years research experience focusing on the labour market, the economics of education and policy evaluation; all with a focus on inequality and disadvantage. He specialises in econometric analysis of large and complex datasets.

Dickens, R., Riley, R., and Wilkinson, D. (2015). A Re-examination of the Impact of the UK National Minimum Wage on Employment. Economica, Volume 82, Issue 328, October 2015, pp. 841-864. DOI: 10.1111/ecca.12158.

George, A., Metcalf, H., Tufekci, L., and Wilkinson, D. (2015) Understanding age and the labour market. Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report, June 2015.

Nathan Hudson-Sharp

Nathan Hudson-Sharp is a Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). With expertise in the interdisciplinary study of labour market disadvantage, Nathan’s main research experience is in the changing nature of work, welfare and economic life. Most recently, Nathan has been part of a MRC-funded project on extending working lives in the UK’s NHS, and undertook research on the use of agency staff in the UK public sector for the Office of Manpower Economics.

Roy, D., Weyman, A., George, A. and Hudson-Sharp, N. (2017). A qualitative study of working longer for physiotherapists in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, Ageing and Society. DOI:

Runge, J., Hudson-Sharp, N. and Rolfe, H. (2017). Use of Agency Workers in the Public Sector. London: Office of Manpower Economics.

University of Landau

Werner Sesselmeier

Since 2004: Full professorship in economics: Labour market policy and social policy in an European perspective at the University Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Germany Since 2003: Editor-in-chief of Sozialer Fortschritt. German Review of Social Policy Main research interests: Labour market theory and policy, Migration and Demography, Behavioural Economics, Social Policy .

Sesselmeier, Werner/Haupt, Marlene/Kögel, Manuel (2014). Koordination des gemeinsamen Übergangs in den Ruhestand von Ehepaaren. FNA Projektbericht, Berlin.

Bothfeld, Silke/Sesselmeier, Werner (2016). Arbeitsmarktpolitik. in: Mause, Karsten/Müller, Christian/Schubert, Klaus (Hrsg.) (2016): Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium, Wiesbaden, doi:10.1007/978-3-658-06476-1_14-1.

Charlotte Fechter

Since 04/2016: Employed at the University Koblenz-Landau in the project "FACTAGE - Fairer Active Ageing in Europe".
02/2015: M.A. International Relations at the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany 03/2011: B.A. Politics and Economics at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

University of the Basque Country

Amaia Bacigalupe

Amaia has a degree in Sociology, a Master´s degree in Public and Social Policies and PhD in Public Health. For years she has combined university teaching with research work in the Research Unit of the Department of Health of the Basque Government, developing projects about the social factors that influence population health, with a special focus on social inequalities in health and health care, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Bacigalupe A, Shahidi FV, Muntaner C, Martín U, Borrell B. (2016). Why is there so Much controversy Regarding the Population Health Impact of the Great Recession? Reflections on three case studies. International Journal of Health Services. 2016;46(1):5-35

Bacigalupe A, Esnaola S, Martín U. (2016). The impact of the Great Recession on mental health and its inequalities: the case of a Southern European region, 1997–2013.International Journal for Equity in Health; 2016 15:17

Isabel Mosquera

Degree in Pharmacy. She has worked for the Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research, where she participated in projects related to the integrated care of patients with depression. Currently a member of OPIK-Research Group on Social Determinants of Health and Demographic Change, she is preparing her PhD on the impact of elderly caregiving on the health of informal caregivers.

Mosquera I, González-Rábago Y, Bacigalupe A, Suhrcke M. (2017). The impact of fiscal policies on the socioeconomic determinants of health: a structured review. International Journal of Health Services 2017;47(2):189-206.

Unai Martin

Unai has a degree in Sociology, and PhD in Sociology. For years she has combined teaching in the University of the Basque Country with research work in Basque Foundation for Health Innovation and Research. His research lines are the sociology of health, especially the analysis of social inequalities in health, demographics, especially the analysis of health and mortality, and the methodology of social research.

Martín U, Esnaola S. (2014). Changes in social inequalities in disability-free life expectancy in Southern Europe: the case of the Basque Country.International Journal for Equity in Health. 13, 74, 2014

Bacigalupe A, Esnaola S, Martín U. (2016). The impact of the Great Recession on mental health and its inequalities: the case of a Southern European region, 1997–2013.International Journal for Equity in Health; 2016 15:17

Yolanda Gonzalez

Yolanda has a degree in Sociology, a Master´s degree in Migration Studies and PhD in Sociology. Currently teaching and researching in the University of the Basque Country, during the last years she has focused her research on social inequalities in health and health care, specifically in immigrant populations.

Rodriguez-Álvarez E, González-Rábago Y, Borrell LN, Lanborena N. (2017). . Perceived discrimination and self-rated health in the immigrant population of the Basque Country, Spain. Gaceta Sanitaria

González-Rábago Y, Rodriguez-Álvarez E, Borrell LN, Martín U. (2017) The role of birthplace and educational attainment on induced abortion inequalities.BMC Public Health, 17:69