prof. dr. Martijn Huisman

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  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gerontologie | DIemen | Bestuurder | 2021-05-01 - present

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Martijn Huisman is Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing. His Professorship is embedded in the VU Faculty of Social Science, department of Sociology and in the Amsterdam UMC, department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This reflects his interdisciplinary research, which revolves around themes related to ageing, social determinants of ageing and health inequalities. Before moving to the Vrije Universiteit in 2009, he held research positions at the Groningen University Medical Center and ErasmusMC. Huisman is the current PI of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam.

Research interests

Key research priorities of Huisman include 'resilience of older adults', 'health inequalities in old age', 'ageing and wellbeing', all themes that fit the broader category of human ageing research. His aim is to identify social and societal processes that impact on the daily functioning of older people. The goal is to improve the daily of functioning of older Dutch adults. To this end, Huisman combines insights from sociological theory, such as Fundamental Cause Theory, and epidemiological methods in his research.


Huisman received multiple research grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development. Among others, he received a VIDI fellowship grant for his research on resilience in old age. Huisman has been successful in securing funding for maintaining and expanding on a key infrastructure for social science on ageing, the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam, through several investment subsidies. He is a partner in several ongoing research consortia that bring together data from multiple longitudinal cohort studies to investigate determinants of functioning in old age.  


Huisman is a regular guest lecturer in curricula within the Vrije Universiteit, e.g. in Health Sciences and Medicine. His lectures include topics like health inequalities, class and ageing, and demography of ageing. He has supervised several BSc and MSc theses, involving research with data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities

User created Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Ageing
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Health inequality

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