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Dr. Rainer Gabriel

Dr. Rainer Gabriel

Dr. Rainer Gabriel

ZHAW School of Social Work
Institute of Diversity and Social Integration
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

+41 (0) 58 934 88 29

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Docent (Reader)

Expertise and research interests

Research topics
*Social gerontology
*Poverty and social welfare dependency
*Life course epidemiology & Healthy Aging
*Life course sociology

Research methods
*Quantitative data analysis
*Longitudinal data analysis, notably data mining (sequence analysis)

Educational background

*2020 to date, CAS Higher Education, University of Zurich
*2016 Project Management, Weiterbildungsangebot des Kantons Zürich
*2015 PhD Socio-Economics, Université de Genève
*2010-2015 PhD Programme of the NCCR LIVES - "Overcoming Vulnerability: Life course perspectives"
*2013 Media training for researchers, MAZ Die Schweizer Journalistenschule
*2013 Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex
*2009 CAS Economic and social demography, Université de Genève
*2008 M.A. Socio-Economics, Université de Genève
*2007 B.A. Economic and social history, Université de Genève

Professional milestones

*Seit 2018 Docent/Reader, ZHAW
*2017-2018 Head Social welfare statistics unit, Cantonal Statistical Office Zurich
*2015-2017 Lecturer, Institute of demography and socio-economics (IDESO), University of Geneva
*2015-2018 Senior Researcher CIGEV, University of Geneva
*2014-2015 Research assistant CIGEV, University of Geneva
*2010-2013 Project coordinator, Center for interdisciplinary gerontology and vulnerability studies (CIGEV) of the University of Geneva
*2010 Junior Researcher Pro Senectute Schweiz, Zürich
*2008-2009 Research- and teaching assistant, Institute of Environmental Decisions, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
*2005-2008 Bicycle messenger "La Vélo Postale" Geneva

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Oral conference contributions and abstracts
Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

*Wissenschaftliche Zeitschriften mit Peer review

Gabriel, R., Oris, M., Studer, M., & Baeriswyl, M. (2015). The persistence of social stratification? A life course perspective on poverty in old-age in Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 41(3), 465–487.

Oris, M., Gabriel, R., Studer, M., & Baeriswyl, M. (2016). La construction des inégalités économiques et inégalités de genre dans la vieillesse à travers le parcours de vie (Suisse, 1979-2011). In Pennec, S., Girard, Ch. & Sanderson, J.-P. (Ed.) Trajectoires et âges de la vie (pp. 1-14). Paris: AIDELF.

Ihle, A., Gouveia, É. R., Gouveia, B. R., Linden, B. W. A. van der, Sauter, J., Gabriel, R., Kliegel, M. (2017). The Role of Leisure Activities in Mediating the Relationship between Physical Health and Well-Being: Differential Patterns in Old and Very Old Age. Gerontology, 63(6), 560–571.

Cheval, B., Boisgontier, M. P., Orsholits, D., Sieber, S., Guessous, I., Gabriel, R., ... & Burton-Jeangros, C. (2018). Association of early-and adult-life socioeconomic circumstances with muscle strength in older age. Age and ageing, 47(3), 398-407.

Landös, A., von Arx, M., Cheval, B., Sieber, S., Kliegel, M., Gabriel, R., ... & Courvoisier, D. S. (2018). Childhood socioeconomic circumstances and disability trajectories in older men and women: a European cohort study. European Journal of Public Health.

Ihle, A., Grotz, C., Adam, S., Oris, M., Fagot, D., Gabriel, R., & Kliegel, M. (2016). The association of timing of retirement with cognitive performance in old age: the role of leisure activities after retirement. International Psychogeriatrics, 28(10), 1659–1669.

Ihle, A., Mons, U., Perna, L., Oris, M., Fagot, D., Gabriel, R., & Kliegel, M. (2016). The relation of obesity to performance in verbal abilities, processing speed, and cognitive flexibility in old age: The role of cognitive reserve. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 42(1–2), 117–126.

Morselli, D., Dasoki, N., Gabriel, R., Gauthier, J.-A., Henke, J., & Le Goff, J.-M. (2016). Using life history calendars to survey vulnerability. In M. Oris, C. Roberts, D. Joye, & M. Ernst Staehli (Hrsg.), Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course (S. 177–199). New York: Springer.

Oris, M., Gabriel, R., Ritschard, G., & Kliegel, M. (2017). Long Lives and Old Age Poverty: Social Stratification and Life-Course Institutionalization in Switzerland. Research in Human Development, 14(1), 68–87.

Oris, M., Guichard, E., Nicolet, M., Gabriel, R., Tholomier, A., Monnot, C., Joye, D. (2016). Representation of vulnerability and the elderly. A Total Survey Error perspective on the VLV survey. In M. Oris, C. Roberts, D. Joye, & M. Ernst Staehli (Hrsg.), Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course (S. 27–64). New York: Springer.


Gabriel, R. (2015). Inequalities within progress: social stratification and the life course among the elderly population in Switzerland 1979-2011.Université de Genève.


Braun, M., Dubach, M., Gillmann, G., Gabriel, R., Würmli, S., & Page, R. (2017). Sozialbericht des Kantons Zürich 2016. Neuchâtel: Bundesamt für Statistik (BfS).

Braun, M., Gabriel, R., Gerber, B., Von Gunten, L., Page, R., Schwander, S., … Zelgaité, J. (2018). Sozialbericht des Kantons Zürich 2017 - Ergebnisse der Schweizerischen Sozialhilfestatistik. Neuchâtel: Bundesamt für Statistik (BfS).