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Prof. dr. C.M.C. (Ellen) Verbakel 


Ellen Verbakel is professor at the Department of Sociology at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD in Sociology in 2008 from Radboud University and worked as an assistant professor in Tilburg until 2012. She is a board member of the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV) and the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS). Ellen is a family sociologist, particularly interested in partner relations, work, and health.

Her recent research focuses on informal care and has been awarded with an Aspasia and ORA grant. She investigates labour market and well-being consequences of providing informal care, and the socio-economic as well as life-stage inequalities therein. She has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Marriage and Family, European Sociological Review, Journal of Gerontology – Social Sciences, European Journal of Population, and Social Science Research. A complete list of publications can be found at




2.5 Family Members Stimulating Community Involvement