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Johan Fritzell


Visiting address : Gävlegatan 18 A 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Gävlegatan 16 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

~~Johan Fritzell started at ARC as Professor in Social Gerontology in January 2014 and is leading the sector of social gerontology within ARC. Before arriving at ARC Johan Fritzell was Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) at Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet. He has also been a Research Director at the Institute for Futures Studies and was a board member of the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research between 2007-2012.
Fritzell has been appointed as expert and scientific advisor to a large number of international organisations, such as European Science Foundation, Nordic Council of Ministers, WHO and UNRISD. He has for long been a board member of the Luxembourg Income Study, he is member and vice chair in the European Joint Programming Initiative, More Years Better Lives and Swedish coordinator and expert to the European Social Policy Network, European Commission.
Fritzell has for many years conducted research on the determinants, distribution and trends of welfare and health and was a member of the Governmental Swedish Welfare Commission 1999-2001. A major focus in his work has been comparative studies of poverty, social policy, population health and health inequalities and has been involved in several international collaborations within these fields. He has lately been involved in GINI and DRIVERS, two projects within 7th EU Framework Programme. He is currently PI for two international collaborative projects on socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality with financial support from STINT and NOS-HS.
Another larger international research programme was the NEWS-project (Nordic Experience, Welfare States and Public Health) initiated in collaboration with Sir Michael Marmot and the WHO High Level Commission on Social Determinants of Health. The main focus of the NEWS-project (PI together with Olle Lundberg) was the comparative and historical linkage between social protection programmes and population health outcomes.
In 2015 Fritzell also received a 5-year larger Nordic research grant (in total 29 Million NOK), Social Inequalities in Ageing – SIA), a project led by Fritzell and involving research teams from all Nordic countries.
Selected publications 2007-
Kröger H, Fritzell J, Hoffmann R (2016) The Association of Levels of and Decline in Grip Strength in Old Age with Trajectories of Life Course Occupational Position. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155954. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155954
Fritzell, J., Rehnberg, J., Bacchus Hertzman, J., Blomgren, J. (2015) Absolute or relative? A comparative analysis of the relationship between poverty and mortality, International Journal of Public Health, 60: 101-110, 2015.
Rostila, M., Fritzell, J. (2014). Mortality differentials by immigrant groups in Sweden: The contribution of socioeconomic position. American Journal of Public Health, 104: 686-695.
Fritzell, J. (2014) “Health inequality and social justice”, pp. 339-352 in The Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice (M. Reisch, ed.). London: Routledge.
Nelson, K., Fritzell, J. (2014) Welfare states and population health: The role of minimum income benefits for mortality, Social Science & Medicine, 112: 53-71.
Fritzell, J., Kangas, O., Bacchus Hertzman, J., Blomgren, J., Hiilamo, H. (2013). Cross-Temporal and Cross-National Poverty and Mortality Rates among Developed Countries. Journal of Environmental and Public Health.
Rostila, M., Kölegård, M.L., Fritzell, J. (2012) Income inequality and self-rated health in Stockholm, Sweden. A test of the ‘income inequality hypothesis’ on two levels of aggregation. Social Science & Medicine, 74: 1091-1098.
Kvist J., Fritzell J, Hvinden B., Kangas O. (Eds) (2012). Changing Social Equality, The Nordic welfare model in the 21st century. Bristol. Policy Press, (and 4 chapters therein).
Celeste R.K, Nadanovsky P, Fritzell J. (2011). Trends in socioeconomic disparities in oral health in Brazil and Sweden. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 39: 204–212.
Fritzell, J., Ritakallio, V-M. (2010). Societal shifts and changed patterns of poverty. International Journal of Social Welfare, 19: S25-S41.
Lennartsson, C., Silverstein, M., Fritzell, J.(2010). Time-for-money exchanges between older and younger generations in Swedish families. Journal of Family Issues, 31: 189-210.
Modin, B., Fritzell, J. (2009). The long arm of the family: Are parental and grandparental earnings related to young men’s body mass index and cognitive ability? International Journal of Epidemiology, 38: 733-44.
Celeste, R.K., Nadanovsky, P., Ponce de Leon, A., Fritzell, J. (2009) The individual and contextual pathways between oral health and income inequality in Brazilian adolescents and adults. Social Science & Medicine, 69: 1468-75.
Olsson, G., Hemström, Ö., Fritzell, J. (2009). Identifying factors associated with good and ill health. Not just opposite sides of the same coin. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 16: 323-330.
Lundberg, O., Åberg Yngwe, M., Kölegård Stjärne, M., Elstad, J:I., Ferrarini, T., Kangas, O., Norström, T., Palme, J., Fritzell, J. The role of welfare state principles and generosity in social policy programmes for public health: an international comparative study. The Lancet, 372: 1633-40.
Fritzell, J., Lundberg, O. (Eds) (2007) Health inequalities and welfare resources: Continuity and change in Sweden. Bristol: Policy Press, (and 3 chapters therein).