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Patrick Deboosere

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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Nationality: Belgium
Gender: M

Member since: 2006
Membership No: 22835
Membership Type: regular

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 2008 , Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Sociology

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Patrick Deboosere is a Belgian demographer. He holds a master degree in political science and a PhD in Sociology. He is currently team leader of Interface Demography, the population research unit at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He teaches demography and research methods at the VUB and also lectures at the School for Public Health of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).


His area of research is population studies with a focus on population health, ageing and socio-economic differentials in mortality and health. He was author or coauthor of several books and papers in this field. He also published on households, migration and urban demography. He participated in several Belgian and European research programs on inequalities in health and mortality.


De Grande, H., Vandenheede, H. & Deboosere, P. (2015). Educational Inequalities in the Transition to Adulthood in Belgium: The Impact of Intergenerational Mobility on Young-Adult Mortality in 2001-2009. PLoS ONE. 10, 12, 18 p., e014210.

Deboosere, P. & Vandenheede, H. (2015) Reversing the Malthusian paradigm on retirement age. Revue Quetelet. 3, 1, 75-95.

Van Den Borre, L. & Deboosere, P. (2015). Enduring health effects of asbestos use in Belgian industries: a record-linked cohort study of cause-specific mortality (2001–2009). BMJ Open. 5, 6, 11 p.


Van Hedel, K., Avendano, M., Berkman, L. F., Bopp, M., Deboosere, P., Lundberg, O., Martikainen, P., Menvielle, G., Van Lenthe, F. & Mackenbach, J. P. (2015) The contribution of national disparities to international differences in mortality between the United States and 7 European countries. American Journal of Public Health. 105, 4, E112-E119.


Fleischmann, F., Deboosere, P., Neels, K. & Phalet, K. (2013). From ethnic capital to ethnic educational inequality: How family and co-ethnic neighbourhood resources affect second-generation attainment in Belgium. European Sociological Review. 29, 6, 1239-1250.