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Marja Aartsen

Marja Aartsen


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

Academic disciplines


Subject areas

Aging   Social inequalities   Life-evolvement   Methodology   Social network   Social exclusion

Research projects

Scientific publications

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 (2021). 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 (IJERPH) . Vol. 18.

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.

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