Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel
Chair of Methods of Empirical Social Research
University of Bamberg
Feldkirchenstraße 21
96045 Bamberg

phone: +49-951-863-2629
email: michael.gebel(at)

office hours:Wednesday, 12-1pm (starting on 22.04.2020). Please make an appointment via sekretariat.empsoz(at)

room: 01.16A


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A detailed CV is available for download here

Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel graduated from the University of Mannheim with Diplomas in Economics (2005) and Social Sciences (2006).  In addition, he completed a post-graduate research MA in Economics (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) at UCL Louvain-la-Neuve. He worked as a research associate at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) (2006-10) and as an assistant lecturer for the Chair of Sociology (Societal Comparison) at the University of Mannheim (2009-11). His doctoral degree in Sociology was earned in 2010. In 2011 he was appointed as a Junior Professor of Labour Market Sociology at the University of Mannheim and was appointed Full Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research at the University of Oldenburg in 2014. The University of Bamberg welcomed him in 2014 with an appointment as a Full Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research. In 2015-18 he was co-coordinator of the EU-Horizon2020 project "Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer“ (EXCEPT), which was funded with 2.5 Mio Euro and involved 58 researchers from 9 countries. In 2015-19 he was coordinator of the VolkswagenStiftung research project "Opportunities and Barriers at the Transition from Education to Work. A Comparative Youth Study in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Tajikistan" (TEW-CCA) (2015-19), which was funded with 0.4 Mio Euro and involved 20 researchers from 4 countries.

Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel has received a 1.4 Mio Euro European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant for the project "The socio-economic consequences of temporary employment: A comparative panel data analysis" (SECCOPA) (2018-23). He is MC-Member and Co-Leader of the Working Group 1 “Disadvantages in youth employment” of the EU-Horizon2020 COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN (2018-22). He is also scientific co-head of pillar 5 ‘Returns to education in the life course’ of the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) (since 2015) and Research Affiliate (since 2019) at the Leibniz-Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). In 2018 Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel became member of the "Young Elite" - "Top40 under 40" in the category Society and Science in Germany.

He has specialized in holding method workshops at various methods schools, graduate schools and research institutes. His field of specialization is modern causal analysis but he also offer courses in multilevel analysis, panel data analysis and advanced regression analysis. Click here for more information

Research interests

Research topics:

  • Life course research, esp. transition to adulthood (school-to-work transition, family formation)
  • Unemployment and non-standard employment
  • returns to education

Research methods:

  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Modern methods of causal analysis
  • Multilevel analysis of comparative micro data

Research on countries in:

  • Western/Eastern Europe
  • Middle East
  • Caucasus and Central Asia
  • East Asia


A detailed list of publications is available for download here

Recent Publications (last 12 months):

Lin, W.H. and M. Gebel (2021). Education tracking and adolescent smoking: A counterfactual and prospective cohort study. Addiction. (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)

Lettau, J., M. Gebel and G. Heineck (2020). Returns to education across the life course: Measuring health in adults in the National Educational Panel Study. NEPS Survey Paper No. 77. Bamberg, Germany: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, National Educational Panel Study. Download (open access!)

Bömmel, N., M. Gebel and G. Heineck (2020). Political participation and political attitudes as returns to education in the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Conceptual framework and measurement. NEPS Survey Paper No. 70. Bamberg, Germany: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, National Educational Panel Study. Download (open access!)

Gebel, M. (2020). Young women’s transition from education to work in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 688(1), 137-154. (SSCI-listed journal) Download



A detailed list of presentations is available for download here

Events from the past 12 months:

No events due to pandemic.


Detailed overview on teaching

Students can find detailed information on current and previous courses on UnivIS