Dr. Anna Wanka

Goethe University Frankfurt
Institute of Social and Adult Education
Dantestr. 9
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main

+49 (0)69 798-22481

Anna Wanka studied Sociology in Vienna and completed her PhD thesis titled “Withdrawal from Public Space – Older Urban Residents and the Social Practices of Spatial (Dis-) Engagement” in 2016.  From 2009 until 2017 she was a junior researcher at the research group “Family, Generations, Life-Course and Health” at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna. Her research foci lie within the sociology of ageing and social gerontology, particularly ageing and education, environmental gerontology and new technologies. Methodologically she specialises in Mixed-Methods-Research and holds expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods. With her Post-Doc-project “Doing Retiring – The Social Practices of Transiting into Retirement and the Distribution of Transitional Risks” she aims to make a gerontological contribution to the Research Training Group and advance praxeological life-course research.

Publications (selection)

Wanka, A.; Wiesböck, L.; Allex, B.; Mayrhuber, E.; Arnberger, A.; Eder, R.; Kutalek, R.; Wallner, P.; Hutter, H.-P.; Kolland, F. (2018). Everyday discrimination in the neighbourhood: What a ‘doing’ perspective on age and ethnicity can offer. Ageing and Society, 1-26.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X18000466

Wanka A. & Gallistl, V. (2018):  Doing Age in a Digitized World—A Material Praxeology of Aging with Technology. Frontiers in Sociology 3: 6.

Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2018.00006

Wanka, A. (2018): Disengagement as Withdrawal From Public Space: Rethinking the Relation between Place Attachment, Place Appropriation, and Identity-Building among Older Adults. The Gerontologist 58(1):130-139.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnx081

Wanka, A.; Kolland, F. & Psihoda, S. (2015): Job Strain and Coping among Ageing Baby Boomers. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 48/6, 511-516.

Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00391-015-0929-5

Baumgartner, K., Kolland, F. & Wanka, A. (2013): Altern im ländlichen Raum. Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten und Teilhabepotentiale. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.



BA8/9  SE Bildung und Alter(n) (2019W)

MA2 SE Doing Everyday-Life – Einführung in die sozialwissenschaftlichen Praxistheorien (2017W, 2019S)

MA1 SE Zu Übergängen forschen – Perspektiven und Methoden zur Erforschung von Übergängen im Lebenslauf (2018W, 2019W)

MA2     SE Lebenslauf, Generation, Biographie oder Entwicklung? Theoretische Perspektiven auf den Lebensverlauf(2018S)



Member in the Following Research Associations:

International Sociological Association (ISA), RC11

European Sociological Association (ESA), RN01

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (DGS), Sektion Alter(n) und Gesellschaft & Sektion Wissenssoziologie

International Association International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)


Member of the Following Research Networks:

Research network “Socio-Gerontechnology” (since 2017)

Research network “Doing Age” (since 2017)

COST-Action Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSENet) (since 2016)


Honorary Appointments:

Communications Officer, ISA RC11 (2018 – 2021)

Organizer of Early Career Training Schools, COST-Action ROSENet (2016 – 2020)