About the Editors
Marja Aartsen is research professor at NOVA - Norwegian Social Research, at the Oslo Metropolitan University. Her background is in sociology, and her research interest is on long-term trajectories of social functioning, in particular in relation to cognitive, mental and physical functioning. More recently, she became interested in the developmental origins of social inequalities in later life. She sees the interdisciplinary character of the journal as an important addition to the American journals in this field, and hopes that the journal will become the primary platform for early careers, established researchers, and all other readers in the field of gerontology.
Since 2003, Susanne Iwarsson a professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden; since 2005 the holder of Ribbing’s endowed chair in gerontology and care for older people. She has a PhD in medical science (1997) and is a registered occupational therapist (1979) with clinical experience in geriatrics and primary care. In 2014, she was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa at Riga Stradins University, Latvia. She is heading the research group Active and Healthy Ageing at the Department of Health Sciences, focusing on environmental gerontology in combination with health sciences and neuroscience. Iwarsson and co-workers are studying the ageing individual’s and population’s opportunities for activity and participation in society. Her extensive publication record showcases the explicitly inter- and transdisciplinary, and cross-national orientation of her work. She has been the main or co-supervisor of 21 completed PhD degrees, in Sweden and abroad, and has PhD students ongoing. She is the Coordinator of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) and the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH), and the President of the Swedish Gerontological Society (SGS).
Prof. Matthias Kliegel is a cognitive aging researcher who has received his PhD in psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 2002. In 2007, he was appointed Full Professor and Chair of Lifespan Developmental Psychology at the University of Dresden. Since 2011 Matthias Kliegel has been working as Full Professor and Chair of Cognitive Aging at the University of Geneva, where he also is the director of the University of Geneva's Interfaculty Center of Gerontology (CIGEV). His research is concerned with the development and plasticity of higher order cognitive functions such as intentional behavior and cognitive control as well as their neuro-cognitive mechanisms across the human lifespan. As for the European Journal of Ageing, Prof. Kliegel plans to establish EJA as one of the leading journals in interdisciplinary aging research systematically crossing disciplinary boundaries, both conceptually and empirically.