Retirement Research Requires a Broad View and Interdiciplinarity

Results of the JPI UEP Fast Track Activity
  • Hans Martin HasselhornEmail author
  • Melanie Ebener
  • Wenke Apt
Conference paper


The lidA conceptual framework on work, age and employment is based on the observation that retirement is complex and therefore requires broad views and broad scientific approaches. Based on the framework, the JPI UEP project has identified three research gaps with respect to retirement research: a conceptual gap, a regional gap and a thematic gap. To understand the process of retirement in its complexity, and to provide organizational and national policies with valid evidence, research is needed that contributes to bridging these gaps. Ideally, such research should combine different methodological approaches, allow for a life course view and should make use of the potential of cross-cultural comparisons. Not least, it should be of interdisciplinary nature and bring different research communities together. Human Engineering as explicitly integrated science can not only contribute with own expertise in the field, but might adopt an integrating and moderating role here.


Older workers Retirement Research needs Human engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Martin Hasselhorn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Melanie Ebener
    • 1
  • Wenke Apt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Occupational Health ScienceUniversity of WuppertalWuppertalGermany
  2. 2.VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbHBerlinGermany

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