Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen


Aktuel forskning

I am Professor of Participatory Health Services Research and Research Group Leader at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Furthermore, I am Head of the Collaborative Aging Research Initiative (CARI) at University of Copenhagen, and I hold a Research Collaborator Appointment at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.

I am particularly invested in developing models for collaborative and partnership-driven interdisciplinary research, supporting sustainable careers for younger researchers, diversity and inclusion, and enhancing societal impact of aging research.

I teach and supervise students, run internships, supervise and assess PhDs, and mentor younger researchers. I have completed several leadership tracks, including the Women Leaders Programme at INSEAD, and the UCPH Forward: Talent Programme for Excellence in Research.

I head a research group that conducts research into how to ensure person-centered and sustainable healthcare in the context of population aging and inequities in aging trajectories. The research is mission-driven, impact-oriented, interdisciplinary and participatory, spanning across a range of societal partners including patient/interest organizations, public partners (hospitals, municipalities, regions), industry, entrepreneurs and international organizations. Identifying innovative approaches to ensure diversity-sensitive care within sustainable healthcare systems is our key mission.

I have a background in Public Health Sciences, and a PhD in multi-methods Health Services Research from UCPH. In 2013, I was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and I have been key in the initiation of the academic public health program in Qatar. I am vice chairman of the Board of Directors at the EGV Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Danish Institute in Damascus, and a member of the Steering Committee of the University Hospitals Center of Health Research.

I am involved in assessment of grant applications and academic work nationally and internationally, e.g. for Horizon Europe, the European Research Council, the Innovative Health Initiative, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Programme, the Research Council of Norway, Forte (the Swedish Research Council), Trygfonden, the Research Committee of the Danish Heart Foundation, the Grant Committee of the Danish Cardiovascular Academy, the Scientific Committee of the Danish Cancer Society and the Dutch Research Council.


Participatory science; interdisciplinary aging research; patient and user engagement/involvement; shared decision-making; personcentred care; diversity; social inequality; aging; migration; health services research; co-created science; outreach; impact; mixed-methods studies; intervention studies; implementation; innovation.

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Teaching: A range of different academic programs including the BA and MA in Public Health Sciences, the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, the MA in Global Health, MA in Health Sciences; and PhD courses.

Examination: At a range of programs including the BA and MA in Public Health Sciences, Global Health and MPH at University of Copenhagen. I am involved in assessment of PhD students and a member of the External Assessment Board in Public Health.

Supervision: PhD students, students from different academic programs at University of Copenhagen and abroad.

Primære forskningsområder

Public Health, Interdisciplinary Aging Research, Health Services Research, Participatory Science.

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