Khira Sippli, M.A.


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft |Abteilung Sozialpädagogik |
GRK Doing Transitions

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Khira Sippli studied Political Science and Sociology at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen (Germany) and the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland). She holds a bachelor´s degree in Political Science and a master´s degree in Peace Research and International Politics.

During and after her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Occupational and Social Medicine and Health Services Research of the University Hospital Tuebingen. In 2016, she joined the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Tuebingen as a research associate and conducts research projects and program evaluations of active labor market policy and health promotion.

Research Project: “Physicians´ transitions to retirement”

The research project asks how physicians in Germany plan, decide and do transitions from work to retirement. It focuses on physicians´ individual experiences. To answer the research question, 20 semi-structured interviews are conducted with physicians who either retired or plan to retire.

In her PhD project she examines how physicians in Germany produce and form their transitions to retirement. Particular attention is paid to how physicians deal with job-related social expectations when producing and forming their transitions to retirement.

The PhD project makes a contribution to the research training group by providing empirical findings on the formation of transitions to retirement on the individual level.


  • 06/2021 Presentation of research design at the early researcher workshop of the DGS section sociology of professions.
  • 09/2020 “See you not so soon? Discrimination in German Job Centers”. Presentation at the VfS Annual Conference 2020, 27.–30.09.2020, digital.
  • 02/2020 Poster presentation at the international conference „Doing Transitions in the Life Course“, 17.–19.02.2020, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Publications (selection)

Sippli, Khira/Schmalzried, Pia/Rieger, Monika A./Völter-Mahlknecht, Susanne (2021): Challenges arising for older workers from participating in a workplace intervention adressing work ability: a qualitative study from Germany. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, January 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s00420-020-01639-x.

Sippli, Khira/Rieger, Monika A./Hüttig, Fabian (2017): GPs’ and Dentists’ Experiences and Expectations of Interprofessional Collaboration: Findings from a Qualitative Study in Germany. In: BMC Health Services Research 17:179, 2017, DI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2116-4.

Hüttig, Fabian/Said, Fadi/Sippli, Khira/Preiser, Christine/Rieger, Monika A. (2016): Was berichten Hausärzte und Zahnärzte über ihre Zusammenarbeit? Ergebnisse aus einer qualitativen Exploration. In: Das Gesundheitswesen 6/2016. eFirst: DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-108645, 09.06.2016.

Hüttig, Fabian; Said, Fadi; Sippli, Khira (2016): Der alte Patient und die Kooperation von Haus- und Zahnärzten. In: SZM – Zeitschrift für Senioren-Zahnmedizin 2016, 4(1), p. 17–22.


  • Verein für Socialpolitik (VfS)