Thomas Abel



Emeritus Professor



Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)


Thomas Abel is Professor emeritus at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. A Medical Sociologist with a focus on structure-agency perspectives, his major research program addresses issues of social stratification and inequalities in health and health behaviours. Prior to his appointment as Professor of Health Research in Bern, he was Professor for Public Health, Dep. of Medicine at the Ludwig-Maximillians-University, Munich, FRG. He has been a visiting Professor at Univ. de Montreal in 2005 (Dép. de médicine sociale et préventive) and at UBC Vancouver in 2012 (Dep. of Sociology) as well as visiting researcher at Stanford Medical School, USA and Robert Koch Institut, Berlin in 2019.