Marja Aartsen is research professor, working at the department for Aging and Housing studies. She has a background in Sociology and received her PhD degree at the VU University Amsterdam. Her academic interest is on social gerontology. Marja’a research concentrates on social exclusion, social inequalities and developments in social functioning in the second half of life. She is interested in the statistical modelling of longitudinal associations between social functioning and other domains of functioning such as cognitive and mental functioning and physical health. Marja is co-leader for two international research projects focusing on social exclusion in late life: GENPATH and AMASE (which is a Romanian-Norwegian collaboration). She is also member of the research team responsible for the Norwegian Life-course, Ageing and Generations study in Norway (NorLAG) and editor of the European Journal of Ageing.
Fields of study
Aging Social inequalities Life-evolvement Methodology Social network Social exclusion
A Life Course Perspective on the Gendered Pathways of Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life, and its Consequences for Health and Wellbeing (GENPATH)
GENPATH is an international European research project focussing on social exclusion in later life.
A Multidimensional Approach to Social Exclusion in Later Life – Health Consequences for Ageing Populations (AMASE)
The overall aim of the project is to enhance research-based knowledge on the multidimensional nature of old age social exclusion and its consequences for health and to identify conditions that minimize social exclusion of disadvantaged groups.
Social Inequalities in Ageing (SiA)
In this project researchers investigate what influences social inequalities in health, and how different organization of welfare institutions can affect social inequalities in ageing.
The Norwegian Life Course, Ageing and Generation Study (NorLAG)
A multidisciplinary and longitudinal study that includes data on well-being, health, work, care, and family relations in the second half of life (age 40+).
Publications and research
Aartsen, Marja; Vasile, Marian; Tufa, L.D.; Dumitrescu, Diana; Radogna, Rosa M.; Wörn, Jonathan; Precupetu, Iuliana (2023). Patterns and correlates of old-age social exclusion in the Balkan states. 12 p. European Journal of Ageing . Vol. 20.
Le, Giang Huong; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Understanding volunteering intensity in older volunteers. Ageing & Society .
Pavlidis, George; Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Exclusion from social relations in later life: on the gendered associations of social networks with mental wellbeing. Aging & Mental Health .
Veenstra, Marijke; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Life-course income trajectories of men and women in Norway: Implications for self-rated health in later life. European Journal of Public Health . Vol. 32.
Pavlidis, George; Hansen, Thomas; Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Network and solitude satisfaction as modifiers of disadvantages in the quality of life of older persons who are challenged by exclusion from social relations: a gender stratified analysis. Applied Research in Quality of Life . Vol. 17.
Orsholits, Dan; Cullati, Stéphane; Ghisletta, Paolo; Aartsen, Marja; Oris, Michel; Studer, Matthias; Maurer, Jürgen; Perna, Laura; Gouveia, Élvio; Marques, Adilson; Peralta, Miguel; Marconcin, Priscila; Kliegel, Matthias; Ihle, Andreas (2022). How Welfare Regimes Moderate the Associations Between Cognitive Aging, Education, and Occupation. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences . Vol. 77.
Hansen, Thomas; Kafková, Marcela Petrová; Katz, Ruth; Lowenstein, Ariela; Naim, Sigal; Pavlidis, George; Villar, Feliciano; Walsh, Kieran; Aartsen, Marja
Exclusion from social relations in later life: Micro-and macro-level patterns and correlations in a european perspective.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Rapoliene, Grazina; Aartsen, Marja (2021). Lonely societies: low trust societies? Further explanations for national variations in loneliness among older Europeans. European Journal of Ageing .
Aartsen, Marja; Walsh, Kieran; Villar, Feliciano; Lowenstein, Ariela; Katz, Ruth; Naim, Sigal; Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas; Wanka, Anna; Urbaniak, Anna Maria; Hansen, Thomas; Vidovićová, Lucie (2021). Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life and the Role of Gender: A Heuristic Model. Gender a výzkum . Vol. 22.
Waldegrave, Charles; Aartsen, Marja; Lowenstein, Ariela; Sepannen, Marjaana; Niemi, M; Melchiorre, G; Lamura, Giovanni (2021). Conflicting relations, abuse and discrimination experienced by older adults. Walsh, Kieran; Scharf, Thomas; Van Regenmortel, Sofie; Wanka, Anna (Ed.). Social exclusion in later life. Interdisciplinary and policy perspectives. Chapter 9. p. 119-132. Springer.
Aartsen, Marja; Rothe, Franziska
The impact of the COVID-19pandemic on social isolation and loneliness - A Nordic research review.
Ghenta, Mihaela; Matei, Aniela; Aartsen, Marja; Rothe, Franziska
Pension, health and long-term care policy frameworks for older people in Norway and Romania.
Walsh, Kieran; Dahlberg, Lena; Conboy, Patricia; Tiilikainen, Elisa; Sepannen, Marjaana; Ogg, Jim; Myck, Michal; Aartsen, Marja; Burholt, Vanessa; Lamura, Giovanni; Draulans, Veerle; Vidovićová, Lucie; Tournier, Isabelle; Kafková, Marcela Petrová; Torres, Sandra; Lowenstein, Ariela; Waldegrave, Charles; Barbabella, Francesco; Scharf, Thomas; Emirhafizović, Mirza; Villar, Feliciano; Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas (2020). MULTIDIMENSIONAL SOCIAL EXCLUSION IN LATER LIFE; Briefing Paper A Roadmap for Future Research and Policy Collaboration. ISBN: 978-1-908358-76-9. 20 p.
Aartsen, Marja (2018). Exclusion from social relations in later life, ROSEnet Briefing Paper Series edited by Thomas Scharf and Kieran Walsh. 20 p.
Burholt, Vanessa; Winter, B; Aartsen, Marja; Constantinou, Costas M.; Dahlberg, L; de Jong Gierveld, Jenny; van Regenmortel, S; Waldegrave, Charles
An Evidence Review of Exclusion from Social Relations: From Genes to the Environment.
Aartsen, Marja; Thomese, Fleur (2015). Variaties in zorggebruik bij verschillende typen Amsterdamse ouderen: een langetermijnanalyse [Variations in care use among older People in Amsterdam: A longitudinal analyses]. 15 p.
Aartsen, Marja (2023). GENPATH GENdered PATHways of Social Exclusion in Later Life, and its Consequences for Health and Well-being. Final Dissemination Conference 13-14 February 2023 GENDER-NET PLUS. GENDERNET PLUS.
Aartsen, Marja; Rothe, Franziska (2023). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on loneliness and social isolation - A Nordic research review. Reducing social isolation and loneliness. Nordic Welfare Centre.
Veenstra, Marijke; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Livsløpinntekt for menn og kvinner i Norge - Betydning for egenvurdert helse i eldre år. Folkehelsekonferansen. Folkehelseforeningen.
Aartsen, Marja (2022). Discussion of the challenges of assessing and measuring social inclusion and exclusion in later life. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.
Pavlidis, George; Hansen, Thomas; Aartsen, Marja; Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas (2022). Gendered Pathways and Outcomes of Exclusion from Social Relations in older age. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.
Aartsen, Marja (2022). Life course models and social health inequalities in mid and later life. Social Inequalities in Ageing - Conference.
Aartsen, Marja (2022). Ensomhet og sosial ulikhet i livets andre halvdel. Første nasjonale ensomhetskonferanse. Iskrem og Ensomhet.
Precupetu, Iuliana; Vasile, Marian; Tufa, L.D.; Wörn, Jonathan; Aartsen, Marja (2022). Social exclusion and mental wellbeing in later life; a comparison of welfare regimes in Europe. ESA RN01 Midterm Conference. European Sociological Association, Research network 01.
Aartsen, Marja; Pavlidis, George; Hansen, Thomas; Precupetu, Iuliana (2022). The unique and combined effects of social isolation and loneliness on 15-years mortality risks in older Norwegian men and women. 26th Nordic Congress of Gerontology.
Aartsen, Marja; Precupetu, Iuliana (2022). Patterns of social exclusion and loneliness risks in Nordic countries. 26th Nordic Congress of Gerontology.