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Josien de Klerk

Assistant Professor

Dr. J. de Klerk
+31 70 800 9557

Extension number: 8257

Josien de Klerk obtained her MA degree from the Radboud University Nijmegen and her PhD from the University of Amsterdam and has alternated an academic career with applied research and project management for different NGOs. Her PhD and Post-doctoral work centered around aging in the era of AIDS in Kenya and Tanzania, looking at informal care, including self-care, of both affected and infected older people in rural and urban settings. Her long-term ethnographic fieldwork is the basis of critical analysis of the politics around aging and care in the treatment-dominated AIDS landscape in East-Africa.  Her current research interests evolve around chronic illness and well-being across the  life course.  Josien has a keen interest in visual anthropology and increasingly integrates film in her academic work.

Academic Expertise

  • Changing social welfare policies for aging and intergenerational relations in East-Africa and Europe
  • Chronic illness
  • Body enhancement
  • Complementary and alternative treatment
  • Bereavement, stress of everyday life
  • (Care) mobilities


  • Medical Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Global Public Health
  • Health and Development: AIDS in Africa

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Leiden University College

Work address

Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Room number 4.22



  • Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development Post-doctoral researcher

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