Research Group

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.The individual and contextual pathways between oral health and income inequality in Brazilian adolescents and adults”, Social Science & Medicine, 69: 1468-75, 2009

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. (2008). 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).






Johan Fritzell

Professor, Head of the Sector

Phone: 08 690 68 64






Johan Fritzell was appointed Professor in Social Gerontology at Aging Research Center (ARC) in January 2014. He is leading the social gerontology sector at ARC. Before coming to ARC Johan Fritzell was Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) at Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet. Fritzell’s international profile has also meant that he has been appointed as expert and scientific evaluator for several international organizations, such as the European Science Foundation, Nordic Council of Ministers, WHO, UNRISD. He is also a board member of the Luxembourg Income Study, member and vice chairman in the European Joint Programming Initiative, More Years Better Lives and Swedish expert for the European Social Policy Network, European Commission. 

Fritzell has for many years conducted research on the determinants, distribution and trends of welfare and health. A major focus in his work has been comparative studies of poverty, social policy, population health and health inequalities and he has been involved in several international collaborations within these fields. He is presently involved in GINI and DRIVERS, two projects within 7th EU Framework Programme. He is currently PI for two international research projects on socioeconomic inequalities in health and mortality with financial support from STINT and NOS-HS. In 2015 Fritzell was appointed a 5 year research grant for a Nordic collaborative research project on Social Inequalities in Ageing (SIA).

Selected publications 2007-


Fritzell, J., “Health inequality and social justice”, pp. 339-352 in The Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice (M. Reisch, ed.). London: Routledge, 2014.

Rostila, M., Fritzell, J. Mortality differentials by immigrant groups in Sweden: The contribution of socioeconomic position, American Journal of Public Health., 104:686-695, 2014. [DEN ÄR MED SER JAG NU MEN UTAN HÄNVISNING]

Nelson, K., Fritzell, J. Welfare states and population health: The role of minimum income benefits for mortality, Social Science & Medicine, 112: 53-71, 2014.

Fritzell, J., Rehnberg, J., Bacchus Hertzman, J., Blomgren, J. Absolute or relative? A comparative analysis of the relationship between poverty and mortality, International Journal of Public Health, 60: 101-110, 2015.

Olsson, G., Fritzell, J., A multilevel study on ethnic and socioeconomic school stratification and health-related behaviors among students in Stockholm. Journal of School Health, 85: 871-879, 2015.

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


Rostila, M., Fritzell, J. (2014). Mortality differentials by immigrant groups in Sweden: The contribution of socioeconomic position, American Journal of Public Health.

Eklund, J.M., Fritzell, J. (2014). Keeping delinquency at bay: The role of the school context for impulsive and sensation-seeking adolescents. European Journal of Criminology, doi:10.1177/1477370813512584.




Swedish Panel Study of living Conditions of the Oldest Old