About me

I started at the Aging Research Center (ARC) as Professor in Social Gerontology in January 2014,  leading the Unit of Social Gerontology. I was Head of Division and Director of between October 2016 and March 2021. I was previously Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) at Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet. I have also been Research Director at the Institute for Futures Studies and member of the Governmental Swedish Welfare Commission.

Research description

I have published extensively on population health, social and health inequalities, poverty and ageing in relation to social policies, often from a comparative perspective.

I have had commission of trust in several national and  international organisations and governments, such as European Science Foundation, Nordic Council of Ministers, New Zealand Government, THL, WHO and UNRISD. For a long time I was a board member of the Luxembourg Income Study, and I am currently vice chair to the SAB of a Joint Programming Initiative, more years, better lives.

I have been Co-PI to the NEWS project initiated in collaboration with Sir Michael Marmot and the WHO:s Commission on social determinants of health. I have also been involved in several EU-framework programme (GINI and Drivers in FP7). 

I am PI for a number of national and international projects such as the Social Inequality in Ageing (SIA) project (3.25 Million €) with leading ageing researchers from all Nordic countries and I presently hold research grants from the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation, the Swedish Research Council (VR), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working life and Welfare (Forte).  

I am Swedish coordinator and expert to the European Social Policy Network, European Commission.