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Health Inequalities

Susanne Täuber
Susanne Täuber is an expert in moral motivation and defensive inaction. As a social psychologist working in Economics and Business, her research is interdisciplinary and spans questions of inequality, justice, trust, polarization, identity, and conflict. Täuber applies her research to understand the discrepancy between policy and actual progress, for instance with respect to health disparities between groups with low and high socio-economic status. In an NWO-funded project, Täuber demonstrated how the moralization of health polarizes society. She works with many organziations and the municipality in projects such as the "Healthy Livingroom".

Susanne Täuber
Susanne Täuber

Esther Metting
Esther Metting is psychologist and epidemiologist, currently working as assistant professor at the University of Groningen. Her dissertation (2017) was titled “Development of patient centered management of asthma and COPD in primary care” with a strong emphasis on the use of technology and patient involvement. Esther’s unique experience in clinical, behavioural and implementation science have led to a solid and multidisciplinary basis for eHealth research. In the past years she has coached and lectured numerous bachelor, master and PhD students with different backgrounds and from different faculties.

Esther managed several (international) research projects with scientists, health care professionals, patients, staff and students. Esther has chaired a large international research project in three European countries and the results of this project led to adaptation of clinical guidelines. She has worked as project manager eHealth in a large health care organization and is board member or advisor in several societal and patient organisations. Furthermore, she is an expert in the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Her hands-on experiences with patients, health care professionals and health care organisations are valuable in her daily work. Collaboration partners are among others: National eHealth Living Lab (NELL), International Primary Care Respiratory Group, Dutch Ministry of Health, international Respiratory Effectiveness Group.

Extra keyword: eHealth

Esther Metting
Esther Metting

Fanny Janssen
I am a senior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (The Hague) and Honorary Professor in “Mortality and Longevity” at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. My research is at the interplay of Demography, Public Health and Geography. I focus on examining the role of health-related lifestyle factors (smoking, alcohol, obesity) in shaping mortality differences (e.g. between sexes, countries/regions) and mortality trends, and use this information to improve mortality forecasts. Currently I am leading a VICI project in which I focus on socio-economic inequalities in mortality, and how they will, realistically, further develop into the future.

Extra keyword: Life Expectancy

Fanny Janssen
Fanny Janssen

Marlies Hesselman
Marlies Hesselman is a lecturer in international law and a member of Global Health Law Groningen at the Faculty of Law. She is particularly interested in international law at the intersections of human rights, environment and health with a focus on the health impacts of climate change, disasters, energy poverty and air pollution. Marlies PhD specifically touches upon human rights and modern access to energy services.

Marlies Hesselman
Marlies Hesselman

Hinke Haisma
Hinke holds a position as professor in Child Nutrition and Population Health at the Population Research Centre (PRC), at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She has a background (MSc) in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University (1992), and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen (2004). She was a nutrition officer at the IAEA from 1995 to 1998, and was thereafter employed by WHO and seconded to the Federal University in Pelotas, Brazil (until 2002). Since 2009 she is employed at the PRC in Groningen, where she leads the research line Global Health & Development.

Her research focuses on people's capabilities in relation to child health and nutrition across the globe. In her research, she applies theories from various disciplines (social and behavioural sciences, evolutionary biology), and applies both quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and analysis including ethnographic methods.

Her countries of study are Tanzania, India, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

Extra keyword: Child Nutrition

Hinke Haisma
Hinke Haisma
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