Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement

Sebastian Merkel has been involved as a researcher in multiple national and international projects combining the fields of active and healthy ageing with both conventional and novel technological approaches. He is specialized in innovation research, particularly with respect to participatory approaches on technology development. Furthermore, Sebastian has been extensively trained and conducted research in medical sociology and health economy.

Academic Appointments

since 2020


Junior Professorship „Healthcare and E-Health“
at Ruhr-University Bochum

2019 - 2020  

Scientific Director
at the Institute for Work and Technology

2017 - 2019  

Postdoc Researcher
at the Institute for Work and Technology

2010 - 2017  

PhD Researcher
at the Institute for Work and Technology

2008 - 2010  

Research Assistant
at the Institute for Work and Technology

2006 - 2008  


 Academic Qualifications



University Witten/Herdecke (DE)
PhD (Dr. rer. medic.)


University of Duisburg-Essen (DE)
M.A. Policy Management


Ruhr-University Bochum (DE)
M.A. Social Sciences


Ruhr-University Bochum (DE)
Political Sciences and History

Academic Honors

  • Secretary of the German Speaking Chapter of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG)
  • Herman Bouma Grant 2018 (1000 EUR)
  • Expert for the Active Assisted Living Joint Program (AAL-JP)
  • Member of the international scientific advisory committee for the International Society of Gerontechnology (ISG)

Reviewer at

  • International Journal of Medical Informatics
  • Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
  • International Review of Administrative Sciences
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Journal for Aging Studies