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Prof. Dr. Klaus Schömann
Prof. Dr.
Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Social Sciences & Humanities
k.schoemann [at]
Research IV Room 88b
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Research Interests: 
Aging societies, life courses and lifelong learning are the main topics of my research. The life course perspective consists in analysing major transitions throughout the life course, such as the transition from school to work, job mobility and retirement transitions.
Lifelong learning is approached from a longitudinal and multi-level dimension, which integrates individual developments, supervisor and firm-level impacts as well as national institutional frameworks into the analysis. Most of the research compares work and learning trajectories across countries.
University Education: 
1992Dr.phil. (Ph.D) Free University of Berlin Thesis: The Dynamics of Labour Earnings over the Life Course - A Comparative and Longitudinal Analysis of Germany and Poland
1987M.Sc. in Economics at the Univ. of Wales College Cardiff, Now Cardiff Business School (U.K.) Thesis :"The Impact of Employment Status on Migration"
1984DAAD exchange student in Cardiff from Universtiy of Saarbrücken, Germany


Fellowships and Awards: 
8/2000Guest lecturer at the Summer School on "Evaluation of Labour Market Policies" Sorros Foundation Igalo Montenegro
10/1998Guest lecturer at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Department of Sociology and Political Science (IHS)
06/1998Guest lecturer at Laboratoire d’économie sociale (Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne)
1995-1998Guest lecturer at Free University of Berlin, Department of Political Science on Labour Market Policy


Research and Teaching Positions: 
2014-2015DIE, Deutsches Insittut für Erwachsenenbildung, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning, Bonn
2004-2014Professor of Sociology, Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development, Jacobs University Bremen
1992-2004Senior Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung WZB, Labour Market Policy and Employment (IHS)
1989-1992Associate Expert at UNESCO, Office of Statistics in Paris
1987-1989PhD Scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin