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Marjolein Broese van Groenou (1959) is full professor on 'Informal Care in a Changing Society' at the department of Sociology. She hold a Fenna Diemer Lindeboom chair, a chair for talented female professors, from 2014 to 2019. She is Head of the department and Director of PARIS, the research program of the departmen. She was theme leader of the Institute of Societal Research's theme Care and Welfare in a resilient society until 2019. 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 was chair of the James Coleman Association, the alumni network of ICS PhD-students in sociology (2014-2021).


At the master level she teaches a course on theories and policies regarding societal participation (Arbeid, burgerschap and social participation) in the Master Sociology. In the FSS Research Master she co-teaches a course on Care and Welfare in Resilient Societies. 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. I give guest lectures on long term care in changing societies to other faculties and universities.


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 focused on how employers and employees can facilitate the combination of work and care. Current projects involve trends in socio-economic inequality in long term care use, trajectories in care use and the association between care use and wellbeing. 


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. The most recent grants are from NWO-Open Research Area for In-CARE, an international project (with partners in UK, Germany and Japan) on how long term care policies impact on inequality in care and wellbeing, and from the Scientific Bureau of 50PLUS on trajectories in health and care in late life. 

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Academic qualification

Social Sciences, PhD, Utrecht University

1 Sep 19861 Feb 1991

Award Date: 8 Feb 1991

Developmental Psychology, Master, Utrecht University

1 Sep 198331 Aug 1985

Award Date: 1 Sep 1985

Clinical Pedagogy, Master, Utrecht University

1 Sep 197731 Aug 1983

Award Date: 31 Aug 1983


  • HM Sociology
  • ageing
  • social networks
  • informal care
  • Long term care


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