Inequalities in health and mortality are a matter of great concern. Since more than a century, researchers try to identify the causes of such differentials in order to reduce or, ideally, eliminate them. In most cases, however, these efforts were not successful and many of these differentials still exist or became even larger.
|Date||17 October 2019|
|Time||15:30 - 16:45|
Examples are differences between women and men, between higher and lower educated individuals, between eastern and western Europe, and between migrants and non-migrants. Research suggests that all kinds of inequalities in life expectancy are somehow linked.
Theis AMCIS seminar aims at demonstrating these links and the complexity of mechanisms behind them. Moreover, Marc Luy will try to identify the key factors causing these inequalities and to merge the insights gained from his previous research to a broader picture.
Once completed, this picture might also help to better understand the general mechanisms behind so-called “successful ageing”, i.e. having a long life with the shortest possible period spent with limiting and disabling health impairments.
Marc Luy is Head of the Research Group “Health and Longevity” at the Vienna Institute of Demography and Director of the German-Austrian “Cloister Study”. Before, he held positions as research scientist at the University of Bamberg, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, the Federal Institute for Population Research of Germany, and as Junior Professor for Demography and its Applications at the University of Rostock. His works focus on differentials in health and longevity.
The specific characteristics of his research lie in the introduction of new hypotheses to better understand the complex mechanisms behind healthy ageing and the development of innovative methods to estimate life expectancy and health expectancy for subpopulations. He received several awards and stipends, including the Gunther Beyer Award of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) in 2003, an ERC Starting Grant in 2010, and an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016.
In 2011 he was elected into the Austrian Academy of Sciences as member of the “Young Academy”, and in 2016 as “Corresponding Member” of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences. Since 2014, he is also member of the Commission for Science Ethics of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and he served as Secretary-General of EAPS from 2012 to 2016.