Symposium on Causes of health and mortality inequalities in Belgium

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Symposium on Causes of health and mortality inequalities in Belgium

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On Monday 21 October 2019 Interface Demography (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and the Center for Demographic Research (Université Catholique de Louvain) organize the symposium ‘Causes of health and mortality inequalities in Belgium: multiple dimensions, multiple causes’. The symposium will present the most important research results of the CausIneq-project ( that has been financed by Belspo.

About the project
The CausIneq-project addresses social and spatial inequalities in health and mortality in Belgium and their evolution between the 1990s and 2000s. The project investigates different dimensions of socio-economic position and pays specific attention to the health consequences of work and employment conditions, unemployment and living arrangements. Demographical, historical and sociological theories, data and methods are combined to shed light on the societal causes of health and mortality inequalities in Belgium.

Practical organisation
  • Date: 21 October 2019, 9:00-13:00
  • Location: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – U-Residence Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels (
  • Registration: Participation is free, but please do register with before 30 September 2019
  • Organizers: Interface Demography (VUB) and Center for Demographic Research (UCL)


  • 8:30 – 9:00 Welcome
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Introduction (A. Naji – Belspo)
  • 9:15 – 10:15 Part I: Social differences in life expectancy/mortality (UCL)
    • T. Eggerickx, C. Vandeschrick – Les inégalités sociales de mortalité en Belgique de 1991 à 2016
    • T. Eggerickx – Les différences spatiales de mortalité selon les groupes sociaux
    • J.-P. Sanderson, P. Majérus – Mariés, célibataires, isolés : des risques de mourir différents ?
    • O. Van Clemput, B. Masquelier – La surmortalité des enfants vivant en ménage monoparental en Belgique
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break 10:30 – 11:30 Part II: Work, health and mortality (VUB)
    • K. Vanthomme – Unemployment and cause-specific mortality in the Belgian working-age population
    • D. De Moortel – Employment status and mortality in the context of high and low regional unemployment levels in Belgium (2001–2011)
    • R. Balogh – Employment conditions and mortality
    • K. Van Aerden – Types of employment and health
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Panel discussion with stakeholders
  • 12:45 – 14:00 Lunch