Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel
Chair of Methods of Empirical Social Research
University of Bamberg
office hours: Monday, 12-1pm. Please make first an appointment via email.
Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel graduated from the University of Mannheim with Diplomas in Economics (2005) and Social Sciences (2006). He also 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. Since September 2023, he has been the director of the newly founded Institute for Sociology at the University of Bamberg.
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. In 2018-22 he was Member of the Management Committee and Co-Leader of the Working Group 1 “Disadvantages in youth employment” of the EU-Horizon2020 COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN. In 2018 he became member of the "Young Elite" - "Top40 under 40" in the category Society and Science in Germany. In 2018-23 he held 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 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). Since 2020 he has been the leading liason professor of the German National Academic Foundation at the University of Bamberg. Since 2021 he has been Board Member and Treasurer of the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). Since 2022 he has beenAssociate Editor of the SSCI-listed journal European Sociological Review.
In addition to teaching introductory methods courses, he specializes in methods of causal inference. He also regularly offers courses in multilevel analysis with comparative microdata, panel data analysis, and advanced regression analysis.
- Life course research, esp. transition to adulthood (school-to-work transition, family formation)
- Unemployment and non-standard employment
- returns to education
- Effects of education and work on subjective well-being and health
- Longitudinal data analysis
- Methods of modern causal analysis
- Multilevel analysis of comparative micro data
Research on countries in:
- Western/Eastern Europe
- Middle East
- Caucasus and Central Asia
- East Asia
Recent Publications (last 12 months + forthcoming):
Gebel, M. (2023). Globalization and the transition from education to employment in the MENA region. In D. Hofäcker and C. Karner (eds.). Research handbook on the sociology of globalization. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 287-296. Download
Gebel M. and S. Gundert (2023). Changes in income poverty risks at the transition from unemployment to employment: Comparing the short-term and medium-term effects of fixed-term and permanent jobs. Social Indicators Research (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)
Gebel, M. (2023). Causal inference based on non-experimental data in health inequality research. In R. Hoffmann (ed.). Handbook of health inequalities across the life course. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 93-111. Download
Gebel, M. (2023). Education-to-work transitions and youth’s psychological well-being in Taiwan. In C.-C. Yi and M.-C. Tsai (eds). Journey to adulthood. East Asian perspectives. SAGE Studies in International Sociology. London: SAGE, 99-125. Download
Manzoni, A. and M. Gebel (2023). Young adults’ labour market transitions and intergenerational support in Germany. European Sociological Review (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)
Kleinert, C. and M. Gebel (2023). Editorial: Consequences of the corona crisis for social inequalities in Germany. Soziale Welt, 74(1), 3-13. (SSCI-listed journal) Download
Kleinert, C. and M. Gebel (eds.) (2023). Consequences of the corona crisis for social inequalities in Germany. Soziale Welt. 74(1). (SSCI-listed journal) Download
Fauser, S. and M. Gebel (2023). Labour market dualism and the heterogeneous wage gap for temporary employment: A multilevel study across 30 countries. Socio-Economic Review (SSCI-listed journal) Download (open access!)
Bömmel, N., Kroh, J., Gebel, M. and G. Heineck (2022). Social inclusion as return to education in the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Conceptual framework and measurement. NEPS Survey Paper No. 100. Bamberg, Germany: Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, National Educational Panel Study. Download (open access!)
Gebel, M. (2022) 독일 여성고용정책의 최근 동향 (Recent trends of female employment policy in Germany).국제노동브리프 (International Labor Brief) Vol. 20, No. 8. 세종시 시청대로: 한국노동연구원 (Sicheong-daero, Sejong-si: Korea Labor Institute), 9-19. Download (open access!)
Events from the past 12 months:
[Nov 7, 2023] Contributed to the discussion round on "Future directions in intergroup relations research" at UAEU/NYUAD/LSE Joint Research Symposium on Identity & Tolerance in the Face of Global Challenges at New York University Abu Dhabi.
[Nov 6, 2023] Held a presentation on "Gender role attitudes among young people in Muslim-Majority Countries" at UAEU/NYUAD/LSE Joint Research Symposium on Identity & Tolerance in the Face of Global Challenges at UAEU in Al Ain.
[Nov 3, 2023] Acted a a discussant at the UAEU/DCD Research Symposium on Social Cohesion and Well-being of Youth and Elderly at UAEU in Al Ain.
[Jun 15, 2023] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on "The effect of temporary employment on wages. Evidence from comparative analyses" at the Institute of International Social Studies and Center of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Life Course Studies (IET) in Tallinn.
[Feb 20-22, 2023] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel participated at the COST Action CA17114 YOUNG-IN Final Stakeholder Conference and and WG 1 (Co-)Leader Meeting in Brussels.
[Feb 10, 2023] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a keynote on "The effect of temporary employment on wages. Evidence from comparative analyses" at SISEC Conference in Brescia.
[Feb 1, 2023] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on "The effect of fixed-term contracts on wages. Evidence from comparative panel data analyses" at the Research Colloquium „Analytical Sociology“ at LMU Munich.
[Nov 29, 2022] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on "Young people’s labor market transitions and intergenerational support in Germany" at Rostock Demographic Seminar Series at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock.
[Nov 22, 2022] Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel held a presentation on "The effect of fixed-term contracts on wages. Evidence from comparative panel data analyses" at the Research Colloquium „Empirical Social Research“ at the University of Konstanz.