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Curriculum vitae

Hans Martin Hasselhorn 


Current positions

Professor, head of  Department of Occupational Health Science, School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany (since September 2015)

Work address

Department of Occupational Health Science
School of Mechanical Engineering and Safety Engineering
University of Wuppertal

Gaußstraße 20
D-42119 Wuppertal

Phone +49 (0)202 439 -2088 (office), -3849 (direct)

Email: hasselhorn{at} 

Main research interests

  • Work, Age and Health: How does work – positively and negatively – affect heath and illness? How does this differ by age, by gender and by occupational group?
  • Work, Age and Work Participation: Which role do work factors play when it comes to early retirement as well as to prolonging working lives? How do work factors interact with further determinants of work participation? What is the role of “work ability” and “motivation to keep working” for work participation in higher working age? Which are typical occupational exit paths? What is the consequence of extending working lives for the workers’ work ability, work motivation, health and wellbeing? And, for all questions: How do occupational (social) groups differ in this respect?
  • Conceptualisation of “work and retirement”: How can employment participation at the end of the working life be conceptualized? (see the “lidA conceptual framework on work, age and employment”)


  • Habilitation, treatise „Prävention von Diphtherie im Kontext des Arbeitsschutzes" [Prevention of Diphtheria in the context of Occupational Health and Safety] (2001)
  • Medical specialisation in “Occupational Health” (1997)
  • Dissertation (1991) „Sterben und Tod in Schweden“ [Death and Dying in Sweden]
  • Medical Doctor (1991, full approbation in 1994)

Previous positions

  • Head of research department “Work and Health” at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, BAuA, Berlin (2009-2015)
  • Senior Researcher at the Department of Occupational Health and Work Physiology at the University of Wuppertal (1999-2009)
  • Researcher (EU Marie Curie Scholarship) at the Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health, Karolinska Institute, IPM, Stockholm, Sweden (1997-1999)
  • Medical Doctor at the University Hospital Freiburg, Germany (Internal Medicine, Occupational Health) and General Practice (1991-1997)
  • Researcher at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Freiburg, Germany (1991-1992)


>250 scientific publications, including 2 monographs, 2 teaching books, >100 peer-reviewed journal articles