Theo van Tilburg

Short biography
Theo van Tilburg is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is trained in sociology and research methods. He is director of the research program ‘Participation in Society (PARIS): Social Context of Aging’ and is board member and senior researcher of the ‘Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam’ (LASA –, an ongoing interdisciplinary study into aspects of aging since 1991. His research focuses on the social functioning of older adults, in particular the family; the personal network; social support, and informal help and care; and loneliness. Research questions are: What are the life-course developments in these domains and how are they related to deteriorating health and role loss? To what extent does the changing society impact social functioning of older individuals? How can social functioning of older individuals be improved by means of interventions?


Curriculum Vitae (in English)
Personal page at NARCIS:
Personal page at Vrije Universiteit:

Personal page at


In the news
Selected reports and interviews – magazines, (national) newspapers, TV (in Dutch)

References to all scientific and professional publications
- with abstracts (pdf) and without abstracts (pdf)
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- as available in Pure (
Selected scientific publications in PubMed

Supervision of PhD projects
Living arrangements and Social Networks of older adults (Leefvormen en sociale netwerken van ouderen; LSN)
Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA)

Loneliness Scale
Manual (updated from the 1999 edition)
Reports of research projects in which the Loneliness Scale has been applied (Appendix 4 of the manual)

Email and phone
email theo.van.tilburg at (there are various aliases, e.g. T.G.van.Tilburg at
phone (+31) 20 598 6870

Mailing address
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Social Sciences (
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Dept. of Sociology (
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De Boelelaan 1105, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visiting address
De Boelelaan 1105, Main Building, Room 2A78

Updated: 27-10-2017