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Priv. Doz. Dr. Timo-Kolja Pfoertner


Institute of Medical Sociology, Health Services Research, and Rehabilitation Science (IMVR)
at the Faculty of Human Sciences and the
Faculty of Medicine of the
University of Cologne

Eupener Str. 129
50933 Köln

Phone +49(0)221/478-97112
Fax +49(0)221/478-1497112


In 2002 to 2008, Timo-Kolja Pfoertner studied social science (Diploma) at the University of Cologne. He subsequently wrote his PhD-thesis between 2008 and 2011 as a scholar in the Research Training Group „Social Order and Life Chances in Cross-National Comparison“ at the University of Cologne. His doctoral thesis was about “Poverty and Health in Europe”. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Medical Sociology at the University of Halle (Saale) and worked among other things in an EU-funded project called “SILNETackling socio-economic inequalities in smoking: learning from natural experiments”. Since October 2014, he is research assistant at the IMVR.

Research fields

  • Work and health

  • Social determinants of health and health inequalities

  • Cross-national comparisons in health and health inequalities

  • Life course research

  • Quantitative methods in empirical social research