Josephine Heap

Title: Research coordinator

Sector: Social Gerontology


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Josephine Heap holds a PhD in social work and has a background in sociology. Her research is mainly focused on the coexistence of financial, social, and health disadvantages in old age and over the latter part of the life course. Patterns of accumulation of disadvantage and how coexisting disadvantages may vary between demographic and socioeconomic groups have been central in the analyses. Josephine is also involved in the European Social Policy Network, European Commission.


Heap, J. (2016). Living conditions in old age: Coexisting disadvantages across life domains. PhD thesis, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Heap, J., Fors, S., & Lennartsson, C. (2016). Coexisting disadvantages in later life: Demographic and socioeconomic inequalities. Journal of Population Ageing. DOI: 10.1007/s12062-016-9158-y.

Fritzell, J., Heap, J., & Palme, J. (2016).  Significant increase in local welfare spending in Sweden, ESPN Flash Report 2016/58. European Social Policy Network, Brussels: European Commission. Available at:

Silverstein, M. & Heap, J. (2015). Sense of coherence changes with aging over the second half of life. Advances in Life Course Research, 23, 98–107.

Heap, J. & Fors, S. (2015). Duration and Accumulation of Disadvantages in Old Age. Social Indicators Research, 123(2), 411–429. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0744-1

Heap, J., Lennartsson, C. & Thorslund, M. (2013). Coexisting disadvantages across the adult age span: A comparison of older and younger age groups in the Swedish welfare state. International Journal of Social Welfare, 22, 130–140. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2012.00886.x