Dr. Justyna Stypińska


justyna.stypinska [at] wzb.eu
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Research Fellow of the Research Group

Justyna Stypińska is a sociologist with research interests in different forms of algorithmic discrimination and bias in AI technologies and how those create new dimensions of social and economic inequalities in late capitalism. Previously, she led an international project on innovation and age in entrepreneurship as a researcher at the Free University in Berlin. At the WZB she works as the Principal Investigator of an international research project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation “AI Ageism: new forms of age discrimination and exclusion in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence”. The interdisciplinary project investigates the impact of the use of AI technologies on the ageing populations in Europe from a socio-technical perspective.


2012                              PhD in Sociology,  Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2008                             Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

2006                             European Law Postgraduate Study, Jagiellonian University

2004-2005                   University of Maastricht, the Netherlands

2004                             Pedagogical Diploma, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

2006                             MA in Sociology, the Jagiellonian University, Kraków



2017-2021                DFG Project leader, Freie Universität Berlin

                                   Institute of East European Studies

2012-2016                Researcher and lecturer, Institute of East European Studies,

                                   Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin

2009-2012                Junior researcher, Institute of Sociology,

                                   Jagiellonian University, Kraków

2006-2011                 Lecturer at Institute of Sociology and Medical College,

                                   Jagiellonian University, Kraków



10-12.2022               Research Fellowship Weizenbaum Institute, Berlin

07-10. 2023              Research Fellowship, European New School of Digital Studies

                                  Viadrina University, Frankfurt (Oder)

03-04.2016              Visiting Scholar, Karlstad University, Sweden

06-08.2012              Visiting Scholar, German Gerontological Center, Berlin.


Breaks in Employment: 03.2019-05.2020 – maternity leave

Selected Publications


Stypińska, J. Rosales, A., Svensson, J., S., “Silicon Valley Ageism. Ideologies and Practices of Expulsion in Tech Industry”,  in: Rosales et al, “Digital Ageism”, Routledge

Stypinska, J. Franke A., “AI revolution in healthcare and medicine and the (re)emergence of inequalities and disadvantages for ageing population”, Frontiers, Sec. Medical Sociology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2022.1038854


Gordo, L. , Stypinska, J. Franke A. “Gender differences in the determinants of late career entrepreneurship?  The case of Germany”, Frontiers Sociology, Sec. Work, Employment and Organizations, https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2022.998230.

Stypińska, J. “AI ageism - AI ageism: a critical roadmap for studying age discrimination and exclusion in digitalized societies”. AI and Society Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication doi: 10.1007/s00146-022-01553-5. 

Turek, K., Oude Mulders,  J. , Stypińska, J. Different Shades of Discriminatory Effects of Age Stereotypes: A Multilevel and Dynamic View on Organizational Behaviors, Work, Aging and Retirement, Volume 8, Issue 4, October 2022, Pages 343–347, https://doi.org/10.1093/workar/waac019


Ageism in AI: new forms of age discrimination in the era of algorithms and artificial intelligence, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on AI for People: Towards Sustainable AI, CAIP 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.4108/eai.20-11-2021.2314200

Introduction, In: Gender and Power in Eastern Europe. Changing Concepts of Femininity and Masculinity in Power Relations. Springer (edited with Bluhm, K., Pickhan, G., Wierzcholska, A.)


Gründungsaktivitäten in der zweiten Lebenshälfte als hybride Performanz Älterer am Arbeitsmarkt? Ein Vergleich zwischen Deutschland und Polen (Start-up activities in the second half of life as a hybrid performance of older people in the labour market? A comparison between Germany and Poland.). In: Frerich Frerichs, Uwe Fachinger (eds.), Selbstständige Erwerbstätigkeit und Erwerbskarrieren in späteren Lebensphasen. Springer, Vechtaer Beiträge zur Gerontologie. (with A. Franke, J. Myrczik).


A systematic review of existing ageism scales, Ageing Research Reviews 54:100919. DOI: 10.1016/j.arr.2019.100919 (with L. Ayalon, P. Dolberg, S. Mikulioniene, V. de la Fuente-Núñez, G. Rapolienė, M. Wilinska, J. Perek-Bialas). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2019.100919

 Senior Entrepreneurship: The Unrevealed Driver for Social Innovation. Froniers Sociology, (with A. Franke, J. Myrczik) . https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2019.00030


Ageism in labour market – macrostructural perspective. In: L. Ayalon, C. Tesch-Roemer (eds), Ageism – current perspective, Springer Publication House. (with P. Nikander). Online at: https://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319738192

 The Enterprising Self: a Panacea for all or New Fictitious Social Role for Older Adults? The Analysis of European Polices for Senior Entrepreneurship. Journal of Population Ageing. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12062-017-9214-2


Hard and soft age discrimination – dual nature of workplace discrimination. European Journal of Ageing, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10433-016-0407-y (with K. Turek)