Health Inequities and Societal Participation

Our research line Health Inequalities and Societal Participation (HISP) aims to reflect on and to unravel the entanglements of inequities, participation and globalisation in diverse public health practices in public health research and public health governance. Doing so, we aim to contribute to the reduction of global inequities and to stimulate participation in public health to strengthen local and global social ecologies of health.

Research and impact

Health Inequities and Societal Participation are topics as well as research approaches which reflect the focus of our research line on vulnerable populations. We focus on health inequity and societal participation and strive for transdisciplinary research from different critical and reflective perspectives, thereby crossing borders between disciplines, methodologies and approaches. Our research has a high societal impact by unraveling the complex dynamics of health in real-life contexts and we offer sustainable innovative solutions. Our research approaches are always embedded in the local research contexts but we perform on a global level. Our research line is powered by the departments Social Medicine, Medical Microbiology, International Health and Health Ethics and Society.


  • World travellers often import multi-resistant gut bacteria

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    People who travel to distant destinations often take multi-resistant intestinal bacteria back home as a souvenir. These are bacteria that are not (any longer) sensitive to the usual antibiotics. This is shown by recent research by microbiologists from Maastricht University.

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  • Lab MMB

    “We immediately stepped up and focused on COVID diagnostics”

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Prof. Paul Savelkoul and Dr. Petra Wolffs (both Medical Microbiology) about their tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all the other research activities they continue to work on. 

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  • networks

    Do social networks influence infectious diseases prevention behavior?

    Thursday, May 20, 2021
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  • Alena Kamenshchikova

    Kootstra Talent Fellowship for Alena Kamenshchikova

    Sunday, December 6, 2020

    Alena Kamenshchikova (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) was awarded a Kootstra Talent Fellowship. During the next months she will study the challenges of cross-border infectious disease control.

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  • Can your neighbourhood make you sick?

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Low individual socioeconomic status (SES) is known to be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Hans Bosma and colleagues found out that living in a low property value neighbourhood in Maastricht is associated with higher rates of T2DM, independently of individual SES.

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  • Corona Onderzoek Limburg

    Groot onderzoek naar antistoffen coronavirus

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    De GGD Zuid Limburg, GGD Limburg-Noord, Provincie Limburg en Maastricht UMC+ starten vanaf vrijdag 23 oktober een onderzoek naar antistoffen en de verspreiding van het coronavirus in Limburg. De resultaten van het onderzoek geven straks belangrijke informatie voor inwoners, beleidsmakers én wetenschappers over het virus en de verspreiding in Limburg.

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  • CAPHRI Institute

    Also fewer HPV infections in unvaccinated women

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Petra Woestenberg obtained her PhD (Cum Laude) with her dissertation called: "Measuring the effects of HPV16/18 vaccination on HPV positivity and anogenital warts". Petra investigated the effects of the HPV vaccination programme in the Netherlands. Her research concluded that HPV vaccination is very effective in protecting against HPV infection.

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  • Christian Hoebe

    “Why not move Carnival to summer?”

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Christian Hoebe, professor of Social Medicine and head of Infectious Disease Control at the GGD Zuid-Limburg, discusses his passion for social medicine, his childhood in Alkmaar and, of course, the fight against COVID-19.

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  • Olga Zvonareva

    ERC Starting Grant for Olga Zvonareva

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    Olga Zvonareva has received an ERC Starting Grant, which is an European research grant for young academics at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. 

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  • Stay home Euregio

    Million euro grant for euregional corona research

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    Maastricht University, GGD South-Limburg and the health services in neighbouring Belgium and Germany were granted an Interreg subsidy of 955,000 euros for a large Euregional COVID-19 study. (Article in Dutch)

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  • Alana Helberg-Proctor

    “Ethnic or racial categories in health research don’t capture the complexity behind health inequalities”

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    After George Floyd was killed by an American police officer, many hundreds of thousands of people all over the world took to the streets to protest against racism. These protests also prompt self-reflection at UM: what is the current situation in terms of the use of race and racism in Dutch health care and health research? We asked Alana Helberg-Proctor.

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  • corona we're open de Rijk homeoffice

    Making work from home work for you

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Fatigue, headaches, irritability, or sleep problems? These might be symptoms of stress caused by the unfamiliar demands of working from home. Angelique de Rijk studies work stress in nurses – and worries about the current situation and the transition back to normal.

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  • Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in China: managing trust and accountability

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    In late 2019, China became the first country to be hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many cities were locked down in 2020 to prevent transmission. The country’s response to the coronavirus has raised questions about control measures and establishing public accountability and trust in a non-democratic context. Ronghui Yang (RL Health Inequities and Societal Particiation) traces discussions among citizens about the response to the coronavirus pandemic by following Chinese social media platforms.

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  • Hans Bosma

    Walking Dead re-visited: a tale on corona, uncontrollability and a more beautiful world

    Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    A column by Hans Bosma, professor of Social Epidemiology.

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  • Europese commissie in Brussel

    The role of the European Union during (and after) the Corona crisis

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    In this COVID-19 period, it seems surprising that the European Union (EU) feels remote and not at the forefront of the response. Why is that? Our Health Law Group explains.

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  • Iran and Covid19

    COVID-19 shows need for developing global health education capacity in Iran

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020

    The public health authorities in Iran have severe difficulties in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak, which coincides with the politically induced economic sanctions against the country. All aspects of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are directly and indirectly hampered, and the country is falling short in combating the crisis. In the context of this worrying public and socio-economic health situation, the Erasmus+ project “IraN European Partnership for Capacity-building and Teaching in Global Health (INPACT)” , led by Anja Krumeich and Remco van de Pas (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) has recently started. 

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  • Klasien Horstman

    ‘’Opinion epidemics’’ make public health public

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Prof. Klasien Horstman: "If we appreciate health and democracy, controlling epidemics requires open societies with rich, varied, and inclusive public deliberative fora. The value of ideas needs to become clear through public deliberation, not by denying non-experts, whoever they may be, a voice in the public arena".

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  • Home Office

    How to relieve work stress during the corona crisis?

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    The corona crisis has increased work demands for (scientific) staff at Maastricht University in many ways. Moreover, the intelligent lock down introduces new private life stressors: educating your children, worries about the care for your elderly parents, suffering from loneliness etc. Angelique de Rijk (professor in Work and Health) gives some advice on how to face the current situation and shows how managers can help.

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  • Bewonersinitiatieven publicatie

    Nieuwe publicatie over inwonersinitiatieven

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    Het aantal inwonersinitiatieven in Nederland groeit sterk. Nieuwe initiatieven ontstaan naast ‘oude’ sociale verbanden, zoals verenigingen. Al die initiatieven zijn gericht op de ontwikkeling van een gemeenschap (collectieven) en daarmee een antwoord op toenemende individualisering en samenloosheid. Echter, de groeiende deken van regels, formulieren en controles drukt de ontwikkeling van inwonersinitiatieven dood. Hoe kunnen verantwoordingtechnieken inwonersinitiatieven, in plaats van te hinderen, versterken? 

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  • Charlotte Peters

    Award for Charlotte Peters

    Sunday, July 14, 2019

    During the STI & HIV 2019 World Congress GGD Zuid Limburg and CAPHRI IPG PhD-candidate Charlotte Peters was awarded the first prize for best oral presentation for her presentation entitled: “Reaching home-based female sex workers with preventive sexual health care services in The Netherlands”.

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  • Groene Ster Spring Festival

    'Groene Ster Spring Festival': a social-green initiative

    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    The workgroup ‘Socialgreen’ of ‘Universiteit met de buurt’ investigates, together with residents of Maastricht North-West, how the green in their neighbourhood could become a meeting place for people and for people and nature.

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  • How to find (and keep) your moral research compass in interdisciplinary research projects

    How to find (and keep) your moral research compass in interdisciplinary research projects

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Research projects that are performed by a collaboration of researchers coming from different disciplines, need to take into account more than one view on scientific integrity. How do interdisciplinary scientific collaborations define research integrity and good science and deal with differences (which might result in conflict) that occur?

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