Maike Merkle works as a research officer for the Observatory for Sociopolitical Developments in Europe. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology and Education Science from the Darmstadt University of Technology and the University Toulouse II Le Mirail. During her studies she worked as a research assistant for the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt/Main where she wrote her master’s thesis. Her fields of expertise include elderly (care) policies, demographic change, as well as policies, programmes and projects adressing dementia research and issues in European countries.
Christina Schliffka is a research officer at the Observatory for Sociopolitical Developments in Europe. She holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Frankfurt, with a focus on legislative procedures in the European multi-level system. She previously worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in the field of public-private partnerships in development cooperation, primarily on improving working conditions, labour norms and social standards, fair wages and sustainability.