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
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.
ACCESS Life Course Database: Upgrade and Expansion
Through the ACCESS Upgrade infrastructure, researchers and students will gain access to updated and upgraded longitudinal life course data for more than 11,000 men and women born between 1922 and 1966.
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+).
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.
Morgan, Deborah; Dahlberg, Lena; Waldegrave, Charles; Mikulionienė, Sarmitė; Rapoliene, Grazina; Lamura, Giovanni; Aartsen, Marja (2021). Revisiting loneliness: Individual and country-level changes. Walsh, Kieran; Scharf, Thomas; Van Regenmortel, Sofie; Wanka, Anna (Ed.). Social exclusion in later life. Interdisciplinary and policy perspectives. Chapter 8. p. 99-117. Springer.
Burholt, Vanessa; Aartsen, Marja (2021). Introduction: Framing exclusion from social relations. Walsh, Kieran; Scharf, Thomas; Van Regenmortel, Sofie; Wanka, Anna (Ed.). Social exclusion in later life. Interdisciplinary and policy perspectives. Chapter 6. p. 77-82. Springer.
Veenstra, Marijke; Herlofson, Katharina; Aartsen, Marja; Hansen, Thomas; Hellevik, Tale; Henriksen, Gry; Løset, Gøril Kvamme; Vangen, Hanna (2021). Cohort Profile: The Norwegian Life Course, Ageing and Generation Study (NorLAG). International Journal of Epidemiology .
Sieber, Stefan; Cheval, Boris; Orsholits, Dan; Van der Linden, Bernadette; Guessous, Idris; Gabriel, Rainer; Kliegel, Matthias; von Arx, Martina; Kelly-Irving, Michelle; Aartsen, Marja; Boisgontier, Matthieu; Courvoisier, Delphine S.; Burton-Jeangros, Claudine; Cullati, Stéphane (2020). Do welfare regimes moderate cumulative dis/advantages over the life course? Cross-National evidence from longitudinal SHARE Data. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences .
Kliegel, Matthias; Iwarsson, Susanne; Wahrendorf, Morten; Minicuci, Nadia; Aartsen, Marja (2020). The European Journal of Ageing at the beginning of the Decade of Healthy Ageing. European Journal of Ageing .
Van der Linden, Bernadette; Sieber, Stefan; Cheval, Boris; Orsholits, Dan; Guessous, Idris; Gabriel, Rainer; von Arx, Martina; Kelly-Irving, Michelle; Aartsen, Marja; Blane, David; Boisgontier, Matthieu; Oris, Michel; Kliegel, Matthias; Cullati, Stéphane (2019). Life-Course Circumstances and Frailty in Old Age Within Different European Welfare Regimes: A Longitudinal Study With SHARE. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences .
Bouwman, Tamara; van Tilburg, Theo; Aartsen, Marja (2019). Attrition in an Online Loneliness Intervention for Adults Aged 50 Years and Older: Survival Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research . Vol. 2.
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.
Vangen, Hanna; Herlofson, Katharina; Hansen, Thomas; Hellevik, Tale; Løset, Gøril Kvamme; Aartsen, Marja; Veenstra, Marijke (2021). The NorLAG study: Life-course, ageing and generations in Norway. 25NKG Nordic Gerontology Congress.
What are the origins of gender inequality?.
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Aartsen, Marja; Morgan, Deborah; Dahlberg, Lena; Waldegrave, Charles; Mikulionienė, Sarmitė; Rapoliene, Grazina; Lamura, Giovanni (2021). Exclusion from social relations and loneliness: Micro and macro level drivers. European Sociological Association : Research network Ageing in Europe.
Aartsen, Marja (2020). Social inequalities in level and change of cognitive functioning in the second half of life – a life course approach. Interdisciplinary Seminars on Ageing Research. Linköping University.
Aartsen, Marja; Morgan, Deborah; Dahlberg, Lena; Waldegrave, Charles; Mikulioniene, Sarmite; Rapoliene, Grazina; Lamura, Giovanni (2020). Exclusion from Social Relations and Loneliness: Micro and Macro level drivers. GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Aartsen, Marja; Rapoliene, Grazina (2020). Loneliness and trust. GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting.
Aartsen, Marja (2020). Vulnerable groups. AMASE kick-off meeting. University of Bucharest.
Aartsen, Marja; Hansen, Thomas (2020). Old age loneliness research in Norway in the last decade: an overview. Webinar: Combating loneliness and social isolation for the older adults in the Nordic countries. Nordic Welfare Centre.