Lea Ellwardt

Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Cologne. Main research areas include healthy aging, social networks and organizations.


Assistant Professor of Sociology

I have been researching and teaching at the University of Cologne in Germany since 2014. I am affiliated with the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) as well as with the CGS Cologne Graduate School in Economics, Management and Social Sciences (CGS).

What I do

My research focuses on the relationship between social networks and well-being. Within this framework, I pursue two research lines: personal networks and health of older adults, and informal networks in organizations. Much of this work involves the application of advanced quantitative methods and has been published in high-ranking international journals.

I am board member of the German research division on social networks (DFG Sektion Soziologische Netzwerkforschung), and member of the DFG-founded German network SoNegU of research on social networks and inequalities in health.

Past experiences

Prior to my current position, I spent eight years at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology  (ICS) at the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands, where I received my PhD in Sociology in 2011. After my PhD, I continued working there as postdoctoral researcher and lecturer.