Huijts, T

Tim Huijts is a Full Professor of Positive Health at Work at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University (co-funded by CAOP). He also holds a part-time position (0.2 FTE) as Professor of Sociology at the Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He obtained an MSc (2006, cum laude) and PhD (2011, cum laude) in Sociology at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Before joining ROA in April 2018, he worked as Assistant Professor at Utrecht University (2011-2013), Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2014), Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London (2014-2016), and Senior Lecturer at the University of York (2016-2018). In his research, Tim Huijts examines how social, national, and institutional factors influence inequalities. He focuses particularly on social inequalities in health, and on how these inequalities can be explained and diminished. His work has appeared in a broad range of journals in Sociology, Demography, Social Epidemiology, and Public Health. He was a co-PI on a NORFACE-funded project (2015-2019) that examined why health inequalities persist in European welfare states, and what can be done to reduce them. Additionally, he co-designed the rotating module on ‘Social inequalities in health and their determinants’ for the 7th wave of the European Social Survey (2014), which will be repeated for the 11th wave (2023). In the United Kingdom, his research was recognized with a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize (2017) for outstanding achievement and exceptional promise. In addition to his research expertise, Tim Huijts has ample experience in teaching, course development and management, and project management. At ROA, he is currently responsible for several projects related to health, skills, and inequalities. 

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Recent Publications

  • Huijts, T. (2021). Examining the impact of cuts to local government spending on sure start children’s centres on childhood obesity: a commentary. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health75(9), 813-814.

  • Gkiouleka, A., & Huijts, T. (2020). Intersectional migration-related health inequalities in Europe: Exploring the role of migrant generation, occupational status & gender. Social Science & Medicine267, [113218].

  • Rydland, H. T., Fjær, E. L., Eikemo, T. A., Huijts, T., Bambra, C., Wendt, C., Kulhánová, I., Martikainen, P., Dibben, C., Kalediene, R., Borrell, C., Leinsalu, M., Bopp, M., & Mackenbach, J. P. (2020). Educational inequalities in mortality amenable to healthcare: A comparison of European healthcare systems. PLOS ONE15(7), [e0234135].

  • de Looze, M., Madkour, A. S., Huijts, T., Moreau, N., & Currie, C. (2019). Country-Level Gender Equality and Adolescents' Contraceptive Use in Europe, Canada and Israel: Findings from 33 Countries. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health51(1), 43-53.

  • Thomson, K., Bambra, C., McNamara, C., Huijts, T., & Todd, A. (2016). The effects of public health policies on population health and health inequalities in European welfare states: protocol for an umbrella review. Systematic Reviews5, [57].