International Sociology and International Sociology Reviews

Topic of the Month, February 2022

‘Older adults’ is our Topic of the Month for February 2022. On this topic, enjoy Free Access all month to this article by Martin Lakomý (Masaryk University, Czechia) published in International Sociology, Differences in social participation of older adults across European welfare regimes: Fourteen years of SHARE data collection. Read on to know more about the author’s trajectory and work.

Martin Lakomý

Why are you working on this topic? Could you share an experience, a fact, or a person who made you get engaged in that research?

My former supervisor Professor Martin Kreidl got me into the population ageing from the sociological perspective at a time when I was rather studying value changes and fertility behaviour. After seven years in the field of ageing research I still think that creating decent conditions for an increasing number of older adults is an ultimate challenge for our society. And of course, I have people in the third and fourth age in my close surroundings, and I find their personal experience to be a valuable contrast to policy papers and academic theories.

What would you emphasize about your academic trajectory? Can you highlight which have been your academic positions, universities, awards, departments and research centers?

Current positions (since 2019):
Research Assistant, Office for Population Studies and Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Czechia
Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Social Sciences, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia

2021: Nomination for full membership into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society
2020: Miloslav Petrusek Award for best student sociological paper
2020: Nomination for the European Consortium for Sociological Research Prize for best dissertation thesis
2019: Award for best dissertation thesis in the field of demography granted by the Czech Demographic Society