Harpa Sif Eyjólfsdóttir is a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet and a member of the social gerontology group at the Aging Research Center (ARC). Harpa has a BA in Sociology from the University of Iceland, and an MSc in Public Health from Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS, KI/SU). Her master thesis is called “Social capital, self-rated health and the importance of sleep – The case of Iceland in 2007 and 2009”, and addresses the relation between social capital and both physical and mental self-rated health before and after the economic collapse in Iceland 2008.
Harpa’s main fields of interest are in social stratification, social gerontology, health inequalities, and life course studies.
Harpa´s doctoral work focuses on retirement and socioeconomic position in relation to health in old age. The overall aim of the thesis is to empirically study how retirement processes are influenced by health status, social position and gender in Sweden and Europe using nationally representative data sources, and in turn how the timing of the labour market exit influences health and functioning at old age.