Susanne Iwarsson, Lund University

Susanne Iwarsson
Susanne Iwarsson, Ph.D.
Professor and Holder of Mary and Seved Ribbing’s professorship in gerontology and care for older people
Lund University (Sweden)


Since 2005, I am the holder of Mary and Seved Ribbing’s professorship in gerontology and care for older people at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. I have a PhD in medical science (1997) and I am a registered occupational therapist with clinical experience in geriatrics and primary care. I am also engaged in developing ageing research internationally, particularly in Europe.

I am the Head of the research group Active and Healthy Ageing at the Department of Health Sciences, focusing on environmental gerontology in combination with health sciences and neuroscience, studying the ageing individual’s and population’s opportunities for activity and participation in society. I have been the main or co-supervisor of 18 completed PhD degrees, in Sweden and abroad. I am also the Director of the Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) and the Coordinator of the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health.

Organization Description

Lund University



The Faculty of Medicine at Lund University offers a wealth of research, postgraduate and undergraduate education programmes in medicine, nursing and health. The Faculty encompasses 2,800 full-time students enrolled in 8 degree programmes, as well as 1100 graduate students and 1500 employees. We conduct a wide range of research, from experimental to applied, in order to answer questions related to clinical practice, health sciences and society.

Lund University is ranked as one of the top 100 in the world. We tackle complex problems and global challenges and work to ensure that knowledge and innovations benefit society. We provide education and research in engineering, science, law, social sciences, economics and management, medicine, humanities, theology, fine art, music and drama. Our 47 700 students and 7 500 employees are based at our campuses in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg. We cooperate with 680 partner universities in over 50 countries and are the only Swedish university to be a member of the strong international networks LERU (the League of European Research Universities) and Universitas 21.