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Marjolein Broese van Groenou (1959) is a Fenna Diemer Lindeboom Chair in Informal Care in a Changing Society. She is Director of Research of the Department of Sociology and a member of the Departments Management Team and theme leader of the Institute of Societal Research's theme Care and Welfare in a resilient society. Since 1992 she is a senior member of the research team of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam and chair of the LASA-Care team. She is chair of the James Coleman Association, the alumni network of ICS PhD's in sociology.


Teaching involves courses on the bachelor level in social capital and research methodology. At the master level I teach a on theories and policies regarding societal participation (Arbeid, burgerschap and social participation). Supervision of master theses involve subjects on societal functioning and population ageing: social networks, intergenerational solidarity, informal care, care networks, health and wellbeing in later life.


Her research interests are on the social functioning of older adults in an ageing society. Her research is largely embedded in the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA), an ongoing study on functioning of older adults. Publications include the interplay between social network relationships and health, social inequality in health and care, family caregiving, trends in use of informal and formal care over time, and the use of care at the end of life. Additional topics concern the collaboration between formal and informal caregivers of community-dwelling older adults, studied in the project Care networks of frail older adults, both from the perspective of individual helpers as from the perspective of the care organization. Another research project focuses on how employers and employees can facilitate the combination of work and care.


Over the years she received multiple grants from the National Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for PhD-projects on family caregiving, older couples, widowhood and divorce. Multiple grants are also received from the National Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) for projects on care networks of frail older adults, work and care, and gender differences in the burden of caregiving.

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Education/Academic qualification

Social Sciences, PhD, Utrecht University

1 Sep 19861 Feb 1991

Developmental Psychology, Master, Utrecht University

1 Sep 198331 Aug 1985

Clinical Pedagogy, Master, Utrecht University

1 Sep 197731 Aug 1983


  • HM Sociology
  • ageing
  • social networks
  • informal care

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Research Output 1995 2018

Diversity in older adults’ care networks: the added value of individual beliefs and social network proximity

Jacobs, M. T., Aartsen, M. J., Deeg, D. J. H. & Broese Van Groenou, M. I., 2018, In : Journals of Gerontology. Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 73, 2, p. 326–336

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Het combineren van meerdere rollen onder ouderen: Vermindert of verbetert dit het welbevinden?

Bijnsdorp, F. M., Suanet, B. & Broese Van Groenou, M. I., Jun 2018, In : Mens en Maatschappij. 93, 2, p. 111-137 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

social network

Philanthropy in the welfare state: Why charitable donations do not simply substitute government support

de Wit, A., 2018, 216 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Trends in the use of care among people aged 65–85 with cognitive impairment in the Netherlands

Aaltonen, M., Raitanen, J., Comijs, H. & Broese van Groenou, M., 20 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Ageing and Society. p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Patient Care
Social Welfare

Activities 1999 2017

  • 25 Lecture / Presentation
  • 8 Expert meeting
  • 2 Membership

Mantelzorg en eenzaamheid

Broese Van Groenou, M. I. (Participant)
26 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Nabijheid in zorgnetwerken van ouderen

Broese Van Groenou, M. I. (Speaker)
13 Dec 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Lezing ‘Mantelzorg: veerkrachtig of weerbarstig’

Broese Van Groenou, M. I. (Speaker)
26 Jan 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Sociale kwetsbaarheid, eenzaamheid en mantelzorg

Broese Van Groenou, M. I. (Speaker)
17 Oct 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Informele zorg in de participatiesamenleving

Broese Van Groenou, M. I. (Speaker)
18 Jan 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular