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Annette Scherpenzeel, PhD
Senior researcher Care Demand of the Chronically Ill and Disabled and Disasters en Environmental Hazards


It is my personal mission to support society and policymakers with reliable data, and to bring science and society closer together. Nivel offers the combination of scientific and applied, policy-oriented research that I like to do.

My research interest is in the field of health, well-being and living situation during aging. Our population is aging, which has many consequences: not only do chronic conditions and the demands for care increase, but also the inequality in health and life expectancy between groups in society is growing. In the research program Care Demand of the Chronically Ill and Disabled, we look at the personal experience of people in the target groups and contribute with our research results to the improvement of their living situation and participation. Conducting research with such social value and relevance is a core value for me.

I have a long experience with panel studies and with international comparative research and have in addition worked with various new techniques of data collection and data management. I enjoy to now utilize that experience as a senior researcher in this research program.



2021 - present: Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (Nivel), research program Care Demand of the Chronically Ill and Disabled.
2020 - 2021: Head of Microdata Services department, Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Den Haag.
2016 - 2020: Coordinator of SHARE international. Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Germany.
2014 - 2016: Survey manager of the German SHARE study and Head of Survey Methodology for SHARE International. Munich Center for the Economics of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Germany.
2006 - 2013:Project manager at CentERdata, Tilburg. Coordination and designing of a new online panel for survey research (LISS panel), development of a scientific research program in the field of panel methodology and new measurement methods.

- Researcher at the Swiss Household Panel, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Survey methodology, design and implementation of a socio-economic panel.
- Researcher at the Royal PTT Nederland NV, KPN Research, Leidschendam. Communications and marketing research in the field of acceptance of new technology
- PhD-researcher at the department of methods and statistics, Faculty of Political and Social-Cultural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Subject: Evaluating survey questions by multitrait-multimethod studies

2012 - 2020: Various professional trainings, e.g.: Training in leadership development; Seminar new project management methods; Media training for scientists; Workshop effective meetings; Time management; Seminar management of EU-Projects under Horizon 2020.
2013: Course (certificate) “Regulations and Organisation for clinical researchers” at the University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands.
2010: Training: Documentation of Social Science Data using DDI XML standard.
1995: PhD, University of Amsterdam. Professor: Prof. dr. W.E. Saris. Dissertation: "A question of quality. Evaluating survey questions by multitrait-multimethod studies".
1991 - 1994: Series of postdoctoral courses in methods and statistics at the Interuniversity Graduate school of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS), the Netherlands; The ECPR Summer School in Essex, United Kingdom; The Summer School of the Social Research Center in Ann Arbor, United States.
1989: MSc Psychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
1984: Gymnasium in Doorn, the Netherlands.

Memberships/external committees

2021 - present: Member of the SOEP Survey Committee (Socio-Economic Panel), Berlin, Germany.
2020 - 2021: Member of the Odissei Management Board (Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations), representing Statistics Netherlands.
2017 - present: Member of the GESIS Scientific Advisory Board (GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences), Mannheim, Germany.
2015 - 2021: Member of the ESRA committee (European Survey Research Association). Vice-President from 2019 to 2021.
2014 - 2015: Member of the Internet panel Expert advisory group for the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD), Bergen, Norway.
2011 - 2013: Member Management Committee Webdatanet (COST Action IS1004).
2009 - 2013: Member Steering Committee Dutch Platform for Survey Research (NPSO).
2007 - 2011: Member Scientific Advisory Committee UKHLS (United Kingdom UK Household Longitudinal Study), London, UK.