Background and activities

From April 2021, I have joined the Department of Sociology and Political Sciences at NTNU as a Professor of Sociology. This is a part-time position (0.2 FTE), and I will also keep my position as a Research Leader at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands (see also www.roa.nl).

At NTNU, I will be especially involved in the work of the Centre of Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN, see also ntnu.edu/chain). In my research I examine how national and institutional factors influence social inequalities, and how these factors moderate the impact of education and employment on outcomes such as health and well-being. I have a background in Sociology, but my work is interdisciplinary, combining Social Policy, Public Health, and Social Epidemiology, and has been published in leading journals in each of these fields. I was a co-PI on a NORFACE-funded project on health inequalities in European welfare states (HiNews). Additionally, I co-designed the rotating module on 'Social inequalities in health and their determinants' for the 7th wave of the European Social Survey (2014), which will be repeated for the 11th wave (2022). 

After obtaining my PhD in 2011 at Radboud University Nijmegen, I worked at Utrecht University, the University of Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, and the University of York, before joining Maastricht University in 2018. During my time in the UK, my research received a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017) for outstanding achievement.