Head of the Chair

Prof. Dr. Matthias Richter


Phone: +49 89 289 24190

Uptown München-Campus D, Georg-Brauchle-Ring 60/62,
Room L523 (5th floor)

Office hours: By arrangement (via e-mail)

E-mail: richter.matthias@tum.de

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About Prof. Richter

Prof. Richter studied Sociology and Psychology at Bielefeld University. After his PhD in Sociology he worked as Managing Director of the WHO CC for Child and Adolescent Health Promotion. Following his habilitation, he moved to the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (University of Bern) as Associate Professor. Since 2011, he was Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Medical Sociology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg. In 2022, Prof. Richter was appointed as Chair for Social Determinants of Health at TUM.


Research Profile

  • Social determinants of health
  • Social epidemiology
  • International research on child and adolescent health
  • Health care research and prevention
  • Methods of social research


Curriculum Vitae

  • since March 2022:
    Professor und head of the Chair of Social Determinants of Health, Technical University of Munich
  • 2011-2022:

    Professor and Director of the Institute of Medical Sociology (IMS) at the Medical Faculty, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

  • 2009 - 2011:

    Professor for Medical Sociology and Social Epidemiology (Assistenzprofessor) at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2009:

    Interim Professor for Prevention and Health Promotion at the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld

  • 2009:
    Acting Head of the Department of Prevention and Health Promotion, acting director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Child and Adolescent Health Promotion

  • 2008:

    Interim Professor for Psychosocial Care and Health Psychology at the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld

  • 2005 - 2008:

    Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at the Department of Prevention and Health Promotion, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld

  • 2004: Dr. rer. soc. (~ PhD in Sociology), University of Bielefeld
  • 2001 - 2005:
    Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter) at the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld
  • 2000 - 2001:
    Researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter) at the Institute of Public Health (Northrhine- Westphalia), Department of Health Reporting, Bielefeld
  • 1994 - 2000:
    Study of Sociology, Psychology and Political Economy at the University of Bielefeld


(Selected) Publications


Richter M, Hurrelmann K (eds.) (2016). Soziologie von Gesundheit und Krankheit. Ein Lehrbuch. [Sociology of health and illness. A textbook]. Wiesbaden: Springer VS

Hurrelmann K, Richter M, Klotz T, Stock S (eds.) (2018). Referenzwerk Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung [Reference work prevention and health promotion]. Bern: Hogrefe Verlag

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Currie C, Molcho M, Boyce W, Holstein B, Torsheim T, Richter M (2008). Researching health inequalities in adolescence: the development of the HBSC Family Affluence Scale. Social Science & Medicine, 66: 1429-1436.

Lampert L, Richter M, Schneider S, Spallek J, Dragano N (2016). [Social inequality and health : Status and prospects of socio-epidemiological research in Germany]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz, 59(2): 153-165.

Mlinarić M, Hoffmann L, Lindfors P, Richter M (2020). Enhancing implementation of smoke-free places: A comparative qualitative study across seven European cities. Social Science & Medicine, 247, 112805. Advance online publication.

Moor I, Spallek J, Richter M (2017). Explaining socioeconomic inequalities in self-rated health: a systematic review of the relative contribution of material, psychosocial and behavioural factors. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(6): 565-575.  

Pförtner TK, Moor I, Rathmann K, Hublet A, Molcho M, Kunst AE, Richter M (2015). The association between family affluence and smoking among 15-year-old adolescents in 33 European countries, Israel and Canada: the role of national wealth. Addiction, 110(1): 162-73.

Richter M, Rathmann K, NicGabhainn S, Zambon A, Boyce W, Hurrelmann K (2012). Welfare state regimes, health and health inequalities in adolescence: A comparative study in 35 countries. Sociology of Health & Illness, 34: 858–879.

Richter M, Erhart M, Vereecken CA, Zambon A, Boyce W, NicGabhainn S (2009). The role of behavioural factors in explaining socioeconomic differences in adolescent health: a multilevel study in 33 countries. Social Science & Medicine, 69: 396-403.

Richter M, Moor I, van Lenthe F (2012). Explaining socioeconomic differences in adolescent self-rated health: The contribution of material, psychosocial and behavioural factors. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(8): 691-697.