Marianne Granbom


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Health Sciences
  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences


  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


My research passion concern the home and how the home environment support or restrict older adults to live their lives the way they prefer. I want to know more about how older adults adjust the home, on their own or via health and social care services, and whether or not a move to another place impact on health, quality of life and active aging. I recently returned from a 2-year stay at Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Innovative Care in Aging in Baltimore, MD, the USA as Visiting Faculty. I have three years of funding from the Swedish research council FORMAS and will during 2018-2019 complete my post-doc studies. I am the PI for two ongoing studies. First, “Aging in the RIGHT Place” is an intervention study where I together with Östersund municipality develop a user-centered housing counseling intervention for later life. Second, I investigate how low-income older adults reason about their homes, aging-in-place or moving and how the plan and prepare for the years to come. It is a qualitative, longitudinal, comparative study with participants from the USA and Sweden. The study is connected to the CAPABLE study at Johns Hopkins led by professor Sarah Szanton. My research is also supported by the Crafoord Foundation, the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation and Junior Scientist awards from Lund University.

I am the junior coordinator of a Lund University transdisciplinary research initiative “A Social Rights and Social Policy Perspective on Housing for the Ageing Population”. I have formal pedagogic training and since 2004 I teach at the Occupational Therapy program.

Ph.D. project
In December 2014, I defended my doctoral thesis. The PhD-project was made within the research center CASE. The aim was to deepen the knowledge on relocation in very old age in two Western European countries (Sweden and Germany). With a focus on person-environment relations concerning housing and health, predictors and consequences of relocation were explored. Also, residential decision-making was explored with a focus on how very old people reason about their home and everyday life in relation to relocation and aging-in-place. Data from the ENABLE-AGE Project was used. The main supervisor was Professor Susanne Iwarsson. Co-supervisors were lecturer Charlotte Löfqvist (LU) and Professor Ines Himmelsbach, Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg, Germany.

Recent research outputs

Marianne Granbom, Szanton, S., Gitlin, L. N., Paulsson, U. & Zingmark, M., 2019 Jul 15, In : Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Marianne Granbom, Clemson, L., Roberts, L., Hladek, M. D., Okoye, S. M., Liu, M., Felix, C., Roth, D. L., Gitlin, L. N. & Szanton, S., 2019 Jan 3, In : Trials. 20, 1, 2.

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