Elisabeth Wacker

Prof. Dr. rer. soc.


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Scientific Career

The research of Professor Wacker (b. 1954) focuses on coping with social inequality, diversity and difference in society when faced with impairment and disability (ICF, WHO, cross-cultural comparison). Other topics include the transformation of care systems (prevention, rehabilitation) and social policy (inclusion, participation and disability mainstreaming). She also examines the interdependency of social and context factors (linked to conditions and quality of life) within the human lifespan and with regard to appropriate indicators.Professor Wacker studied theology, philosophy and sociology at the University of Tübingen where she obtained a PhD in social sciences. After setting up and managing the "Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on the Life-Worlds [Lebenswelten] of Persons with Disability", a central scientific institute of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, she joined the TU Dortmund University as a full professor in the Sociology of Rehabilitation Department in 1996. Professor Wacker was a visiting professor in Vienna (Austria) from 2008 to 2009 and in Pingtung and Taipei (Taiwan) in 2011. She has been a Max Planck Fellow  since 2010 and Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Federal Government’s report on the conditions of life of persons with disabilities since 2011. She has held the Chair of Sociology of Diversity at TUM since January 2013.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


Dive into the research topics where Elisabeth Wacker is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or