Prof. Ruud Kempen

Chair Ageing and Long-Term Care

Ruud Kempen

Professor of Social Gerontology


G.I.J.M. (Ruud) Kempen, originally trained as Medical Sociologist, is head of the multidisciplinary research line ‘Ageing and Long-Term Care’ at the research School CAPHRI. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of CAPHRI and an active member of The Academic Collaborative Center on Care for Older People (ACC-COP) in Limburg (

The main scientific interest of Kempen and his research group is to study psychosocial aspects of ageing. On the one hand this refers to psychosocial determinants of independency, disablement and quality of life in old age. On the other hand his work comprises the development, evaluation and implementation of related innovative health care programmes to slow down processes of disablement and to improve quality of life in old age.

Kempen was member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Ageing, Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research and member of the Advisory Committees ‘Prevention for older persons’ and ‘Daily functioning in old age’ of the Health Council of the
Netherlands. Furthermore he is the President of the Dutch Society for Gerontology (2016 - ) and since 2003 Fellow of
the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

His research group published several hundreds of papers in international peer-reviewed journals and many other articles and chapters on psychosocial aspects of ageing. Kempen supervised more than 20 external funded research projects (earning power more than 5 million Euros – mostly from ZonMw/NWO) and is a frequent (invited) speaker at national and international scientific meetings. He is reviewer for several scientific national and international journals as well as for major research funding agencies. Kempen was furthermore appointed in several developmental and management roles in both bachelor and master programmes at Maastricht University.


The research line Ageing and Long-Term Care should in close collaboration with regional health care partners, knowledge institutions as well as older people themselves substantially contribute to the improvement of quality of life of frail older people. This should result in excellent research, high scientific productivity and a recognisable contribution of the programme to the success of CAPHRI as a centre of excellence.