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Hannes Zacher, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Groningen
Research Fellow

Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College

Hannes Zacher is associate professor in organizational psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He received his PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Giessen (Germany) in 2009, and subsequently was postdoctoral fellow in lifespan psychology at Jacobs University (Germany) and assistant professor in organizational psychology at the University of Queensland (Australia). He is honorary research fellow of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, of the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, and of the Research Center for Innovation and Strategic Human Resource Management at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics.

The aim of Hannes’ research on aging at work and career development is to combine theories from organizational and lifespan psychology to gain a better understanding of the role of age and successful aging in the work and organizational context. His research activities have focused on older employees’ occupational future time perspective, generativity, and relationships between age and performance, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He has also investigated the impact of life-phase specific opportunities and challenges faced by older employees such as eldercare responsibilities, job search, informal mentoring roles, and the transition to retirement.

Hannes has conducted numerous empirical studies with employees in large and medium-sized organizations, with people in leadership and managerial roles, with small and family business owners, and with older job seekers. He has published his findings in international top journals in the areas of organizational and lifespan psychology, including Psychology and Aging, Ageing & Society, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. He is Consulting Editor and Member of the Founding Editorial Board of the new journal Work, Aging and Retirement (published starting 2015 by Oxford University Press). More information on his work can be found on the following website: