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Titus Galama, Director of the Center for the Study of Health Inequality (CSHI), Lead (jointly with von Hinke) of the European Social Science Genetics Network (ESSGN), Associate Professor of Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, is an award-winning astrophysicist who turned to business and management, then to policy analysis and economics. Dr. Galama holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam (1999), an MBA from INSEAD, France/Singapore (2003), and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tilburg (2011). In economics, he focuses on understanding the substantial disparities in health by socioeconomic status, utilizing economic principles. Recently he has turned his attention to integrating genetics into such studies. This recent work is funded by several grants. Dr. Galama was awarded a VIDI grant by the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), a National Institute of Aging (NIA) research grant (R01), a Marie Currie Doctoral training grant (training 13 doctoral students and developing the European Social Science Genetics Network [ESSGN]), and a large NIA R01 grant ($12.2 million) to genotype the Understanding America Study (UAS). All these projects focus on identifying modifiable aspects of environments that may protect against genetic risk.


Ageing, Applied Econometrics, Development, Education, Growth, Health, Inequality, Labor, Microeconomic Theory, Non-Linear Dynamics

Ancillary activities

  • University of Southern California | Los Angeles | Medewerker | 2013-02-26 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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