Maria Kristiansen

Maria Kristiansen


Medlem af:

  • Web: Center for Sund Aldring

  • Web Spor 2: Retirement and transitions

Aktuel forskning

The primary goal of the interdisciplinary research conducted in my research group is to enhance person-centered, diversity-sensitive healthcare provision in the context of population aging. We focus on unlocking and unfolding the diverse values, needs and resources among older adults, and to transform healthcare to make it equitable and reflective of the varieties of experiences, situations and goals of people, often living with multi-morbidity. This will contribute towards addressing societal challenges as well as opportunities caused by population aging that has implications for healthcare policy and practice.


In order to identify innovative approaches to ensuring healthcare services that are person-centered and of high quality for the increasing number of older adults, we work within an overall frame of interdisciplinary, multi-methods and co-created science. Key partners span across patient groups, municipalities, hospitals, patient associations, entrepreneurs and international organizations. We aim to enhance relevance, transferability and ultimately societal impact of research. Science communication using multiple channels including radio, blogs, public events, graphic methods, and social media is an important part of our work.


I have a background in Public Health Sciences, and a PhD in multi-methods Health Services Research from University of Copenhagen. In 2013, I was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and I have been key in the initiation of the academic public health program in Qatar. In 2020, I was granted a Research Collaborator Appointment at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA.


I hold a number of grants, and I am involved in assessment of grant applications and academic work nationally and internationally, e.g. under the Research Committee of the Danish Heart Foundation, the Scientific Committee in the Danish Cancer Society, Horizon2020, the European Research Council (ERC), the COST Programme, the Dutch Research Council, and the Baltic Research Programme. In addition to reviewer functions for various journals, I am Associate Editor for the BMC Health Services Research journal, and I serve as an advisor for amongst others Danish municipalities and WHO Europe.


Patient- og brugerinddragelse; personcentreret behandling og omsorg; aldring; migration; sundhedstjenesteforskning; co-created forskning; outreach; impact; mixed-methods forskning; interventionsstudier.

Undervisnings- og vejledningsområder

Undervisning: Bl.a. på følgende uddannelser ved Københavns Universitet: Bachelor- og kandidatuddannelserne i Folkesundhedsvidenskab, Masteruddannelsen i Public Health, Masteruddannelsen i International Health/Global Health, Den Sundhedsfaglige Kandidatuddannelse (cand.scient.san) og Human Ernæring.

Eksamination: På bachelor- og og kandidatniveau bl.a. på uddannelsen i Folkesundhedsvidenskab, Global Health og MPH ved Københavns Universitet. Derudover bedømmer jeg PhD-afhandlinger samt er medlem af Censorkorpset i Folkesundhedsvidenskab.

Vejledning: PhD-studerende, studerende ved bachelor- og kandidatuddannelserne i Folkesundhedsvidenskab, MPH, Global Health og Cand.Scient.san. ved Københavns Universitet samt studerende ved Master Programme in Public Health, Lunds Universitet.

Primære forskningsområder


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