About me

Charlotta Nilsen, Ph.D., is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Gerontology at Jönköping University but is also an affiliated researcher in ARC’s social gerontology group. Charlotta's primary research interests include social gerontology and occupational epidemiology, and she defended her thesis with the title: “Can psychosocial working conditions contribute to healthy and active aging?” in 2018. She is or has been involved in research projects related to predictors of active aging, risk factors of dementia, sense of coherence, leisure and social participation in solitary living older adults, and consequences of working conditions on health and function after retirement.

Research description

Research projects

The emergence of a new conflict to work-life balance among older workers? The dual threat of “caregiver-burden” and challenging working conditions. Karolinska Institutet. PI: Charlotta Nilsen

The fruits of labor: Investigating the influence of working conditions on the initiation and duration of the fourth age. Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. PI: Charlotta Nilsen

Stress across the life course and associations to late-life cognitive and physical function: Which modifiable social and lifestyle factors affect the association? Institute of Gerontology, Jönköping University. PI: Ingemar Kåreholt. 

Teaching portfolio

Course director: Public health implications of an aging population (KI, doctoral) and Theory of Science and Scientific Method (Jönköping University, advanced).

Teaching at the course: Public health implications of an aging population (KI), Working life, Aging and Health (Stockholm University, basic), Life-course perspectives on ageing and health (Stockholm University, advanced),Theory of Science and Scientific Method (Jönköping University), Aging and health (Jönköping University, advanced), and Society and health (KI, basic).


2018: PhD in Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet.

Doctoral thesis title: Can psychosocial working conditions contribute to healthy and active aging? Studies of mortality, late-life health and leisure

2012: Master of Philosophical Science with a Major in Gerontology, Jönköping University.

Master thesis title: Better life through the years - A process evaluation of the senior central Prima Liv

2010: Bachelor of Medical Science with a Major in Public Health Science with Health Economics, University of Gothenburg.

Bachelor thesis title: Health seeking behaviour for prolonged cough in rural northern Vietnam- findings from the Epidemiological Field Laboratory in Bavi