Dr. Mareike Bünning

Interim Head of DEAS


Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA)
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12101 Berlin


Dr. Mareike Bünning
+49 30 260 740-93
+49 30 260 740-33


Research interests

  • Partnership, Gender, Family
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Compatibilty of employment and care work
  • Social inequalities


Research projects



  • Since 2021 Scientist at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), German Ageing Survey
  • 2016-2021 Scientist in the research group Work and Care at WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • 2016 PhD in Sociology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, supervisors: Prof. Dr. Anette Fasang, Prof. Dr. Matthias Pollmann-Schult, Title of the cumulative dissertation: “Parental leave for fathers. Consequences for men’s work and family life.”
  • 2012-2016 Scientist in the project group of the President at WZB Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
  • 2015-2016 Consultant in the 361° family initiative at A.T. Kearney (as part of the WZB programme „Wissenschaft in der Praxis“ [Science in practice])
  • 2014 Visiting scientist at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University
  • 2009-2012 Student assistant in the department Migration, Integration, Transnationalisation at WZB Berlin Social Science Center 2012 MA Social Sciences, Potsdam University
  • 2009 BA Integrated European Studies, University of Bremen



  • Bünning, M., Ehrlich, U., Behaghel, F., & Huxhold, O. (2023). Grandchild Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In J. Simonson, J. Wünsche, & C. Tesch-Römer (Eds.), Ageing in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic (pp. 165-182). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-40487-1_9

  • Bünning, M., Schlomann, A., Memmer, N., Tesch-Römer, C., & Wahl, H.-W. (2023). Digital Gender Gap in the Second Half of Life Is Declining: Changes in Gendered Internet Use Between 2014 and 2021 in Germany. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 78(8), 1386-1395. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbad079

  • Ehrlich, U., Kelle, N., & Bünning, M. (2023). Caregiving and Being Employed—What Changed for Women and Men in the Covid-19 Pandemic? In J. Simonson, J. Wünsche, & C. Tesch-Römer (Eds.), Ageing in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic (pp. 145-163). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-40487-1_8

  • Schlomann, A., Bünning, M., Hipp, L., & Wahl, H.-W. (2021). Aging during COVID-19 in Germany: a longitudinal analysis of psychosocial adaptation. European Journal of Ageing. DOI: 10.1007/s10433-021-00655-1

  • Bünning, M., & Hipp, L. (2021). How can we become more equal? Public policies and parents’ work–family preferences in Germany. Journal of European Social Policy, 0(0), 09589287211035701. DOI: 10.1177/09589287211035701

  • Li, J., Bünning, M., Kaiser, T., & Hipp, L. (2021). Who suffered most? Parental stress and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Journal of Family Research(0). DOI: 10.20377/jfr-704

  • Bernhardt, J., & Bünning, M. (2021). The Long Arm of an Unsupportive Work-Family Culture in Work Organizations: Crossover to the Partner’s Work-Family Balance Satisfaction in Dual-Earner Couples. Applied Research in Quality of Life. DOI: 10.1007/s11482-021-09911-z

  • Hipp, L., & Bünning, M. (2021). Parenthood as a driver of increased gender inequality during COVID-19? Exploratory evidence from Germany. European Societies, 23(sup1), S658-S673. DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1833229

  • Bünning, M. (2020). Paternal part-time employment and fathers’ long-term involvement in child care and housework. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(2), 566-586. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12608

  • Hipp, L., Bünning, M., Munnes, S., & Sauermann, A. (2020). Problems and Pitfalls of Retrospective Survey Questions in COVID-19 Studies. Survey Research Methods, 14(2), 109-114. DOI: 10.18148/srm/2020.v14i2.7741

  • Bünning, M. (2017). The association between social support networks and maternal employment: A comparison of western German, eastern German and migrant mothers of preschool-aged children. Community, Work and Family, 20(3), 273-291. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1256270

  • Bünning, M., & Pollmann-Schult, M. (2016). Family policies and fathers’ working hours. Cross-national differences in the paternal labor supply. Work, Employment and Society, 30(2), 256-274. DOI: 10.1177/0950017015578999

  • Bünning, M. (2015). What happens after the ‘daddy months’? Fathers’ involvement in paid work, childcare, and housework after taking parental leave in Germany. European Sociological Review, 31(6), 738-748. DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcv072

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