Within the research project we collaborate with Anton Kunst (Department of Public Health, University of Amsterdam), who has a vast experience in studying socio-economic mortality inequalities in Europe. He will act as the second promotor to the two PhD students on the project. In addition, and in particular for the modelling and forecasting part of the project, we will collaborate with Joop de Beer (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute).

We will collaborate with Pekka Martikainen (Public Health, University of Helsinki), with Nicholás Zengharini and Giuseppe Costa (Epidemiology Unit, Piedmont Region, Italy) regarding the Italian (Turin) mortality data by educational level, with Gwenn Menvielle (INSERM, Institut Pierre Louis d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique, France) regarding the French mortality data by educational level, and with Bjørn Heine Strand (Norwegian Institute of Public Health) regarding, respectively the obtainment and analysis of the Finnish, Italian (Turin), French and Norwegian mortality data by educational level, and regarding the formulation of policy intervention and societal change scenarios and the outreach to health policymakers. For the latter we shall also collaborate with Anton Kunst and with additional public health experts in Europe, among which Henk Hilderink, Jolande Boer, and Marjanne Plasmans from the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Mortality forecasting professionals connected to European (inter)national statistical and actuarial offices will act as advisers on the project: Lenny Stoeldraijer and Coen van Duin (Statistics Netherlands); Marianne Frank Hansen (Danish Rational Economic Agents Model); Gustavo de Santis (Statistics Italy); Nico Keilman and Astri Syse (Statistics Norway); Orjan Hemstrom (Statistics Sweden); Raymond Kohli (Swiss Federal Statistical Office); Adrian Gallop (UK Government Actuary’s Department); Michel Vellekoop (member mortality committee Dutch Actuarial Society); Katrien Antonio (member mortality committee, Belgian Institute of Actuaries); and Hans de Mik and Marine Habart (International Actuarial Association). In addition, Giampaolo Lanzieri (Eurostat) and Angele Storey (Office of National Statistics, UK) have expressed interest in the project.


The project and project team members will be embedded in (i) the multidisciplinary International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS), in which 12 key demographic/public health research institutes in Europe and the USA participate; and (ii) the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (AJSPH), which is the Northern Netherlands network of researchers from all academic fields and various societal partners who share the aim of achieving healthy ageing.