Research Associate

 Niklas Ellerich-Groppe, M.A.

+49 (0)441 798 - 4356

Postal address

Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Faculty VI - Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Health Services Research
Division of Ethics in Medicine
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg


Visiting address

Campus Haarentor, Building V04
Ammerländer Heerstraße 140 
26129 Oldenburg

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Niklas Ellerich-Groppe M.A.

Niklas Ellerich-Groppe studied Social Work (B.A.) and Educational Science (M.A.) as well as Protestant Theology. After student assistant positions at the Institute for Educational Science at the University of Osnabrück and at the Institute for Ethics and Associated Social Sciences at the University of Münster as well as a position as associate lecturer at the University of Osnabrück, he has been working as a research associate in the Division for Ethics in Medicine since September 2019.

His research interests lie in the area of digitalization of healthcare. Furthermore, he works on diversity in healthcare as well as the concept of solidarity as (bio)ethical and moralphilosophical category. Throughout his work, he pursues an interdisciplinary approach and combines social science, philosophical and theological perspectives with methods of empirical social research. Here, he focuses especially on qualitative research methods and on interview research as well as discourse analysis in particular. Beside his PhD-project, he is particularly involved in the PRISMAE-project and the DiAStereo-project as well as in the VAPiAR-project at OFFIS

Curriculum Vitae

Since 04/2023 Research Assistant at the Research & Development Divison Health at OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology
Since 09/2019 Research Assistant in the Division for Ethics in medicine at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
Summer Term 2019
Summer Term 2020
Associate Lecturer at the Institute for Educational Science at Osnabrück University
04/2017-09/2019 Student Assistant at the Institute for Ethics and Associated Social Sciences at the University of Münster
04/2017-06/2018 Student Assistant at the Institute for Educational Science at Osnabrück University
09/2018 Master of Arts - Educational Science, Osnabrück University
08/2016 Bachelor of Arts - Social Work (Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Münster)

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Research Focus

  • Solidarity as a (bio)ethical and moral-philosophical category
  • Theories of Justice
  • Digitalization and technologization of health care
  • Political philosophy and theories of the welfare state
  • Philosophy of education
  • Qualitative social research



Articles (selection)

  • Weßel, Merle*; Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas*; Koppelin, Frauke; Schweda, Mark (2022): Gender and Age Stereotypes in Robotics for Eldercare: Ethical Implications of Stakeholder Perspectives from Technology Development, Industry, and Nursing. Science and Engineering Ethics. (*geteilte Erstautor:innenschaft)
  • Weßel, Merle; Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas; Schweda, Mark (2021): Gender Stereotyping of Robotic Systems in Eldercare: An Exploratory Analysis of Ethical Problems and Possible Solutions. International Journal of Social Robotics.
  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas (2021): Zwischen neuer Solidarität und Entsolidarisierung – Der Sozialstaat angesichts des digitalen Wandels. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.
  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas; Pfaller, Larissa; Schweda, Mark (2021): Young for old – old for young? Ethical perspectives on intergenerational solidarity and responsibility in public discourses on COVID-19. European Journal of Ageing 18, 159-171.

Conference contributions (selection)

  • Schweda, Mark; Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas; Steckdaub-Muller, Irmgard; Pfaller, Larissa: #Boomer-Remover? Zur medizinethischen Bedeutung medial vermittelter Altersbilder in der Corona-Krise. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der Akademie für Ethik in der Medizin, 29. September – 01. Oktober 2022, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Weßel, Merle; Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas; Schweda, Mark; Koppelin, Frauke: Stakeholder-Perspektiven auf die Nutzenden von Pflegerobotik an der Intersektion Alter und Geschlecht – Eine empirisch-ethische Analyse. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sozialmedizin und Prävention, 07. – 09. September 2022, Magdeburg.
  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas: New Solidarity or Eroding Solidarity? – A Critical Analysis of Notions of Solidarity in the Public Media Discourse on Self-Tracking and Health Care in Germany. Vortrag auf dem 16. World Congress of Bioethics, 20.-22. Juli 2022, Basel, Schweiz.
  • Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas: “A Signal of Solidarity via Bluetooth”? An Ethical Analysis of the
    Public Debate on the Corona-Warn-App in Germany. Vortrag auf der Konferenz „Digital Technologies in the COVID-19-Pandemic – A Transnational Dialogue between Germany and Japan“ (TechCo), 15. März 2022, online.

List of publications

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