Prof. dr. Anja Machielse
Anja Machielse is a philosopher and social scientist. Important themes in her work are social isolation and loneliness, social resilience, existential problems and meaning in life. Her starting point is the social embeddedness of human beings. The focus in her work is on the significance of social relationships, both for personal life and for the wider community. The tension between individual autonomy and the demands of the social environment is central to this. In her research into older adults, the emphasis is on 'empowerment' and the promoting of social recognition: what do people need to age meaningfully, and how can the social inclusion of older people in society be endorsed?