Els van Wijngaarden was an Academic Visitor at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing from 1 February 2018 to 31 March 2018.
Els is based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, where she works as an assistant professor in Care Ethics at the University of Humanistic Studies. Her research concerns the following topics: experiences of meaning and meaninglessness in old age, death wishes and the self-chosen death (i.e. euthanasia and ‘self-euthanasia’) in relation to ethical questions.
Els holds a (cum laude) Master's degree in religious studies. In November 2016, she finished her PhD on ‘Older people who consider their lives to be completed and no longer worth living’, which was awarded the prestigious Research Prize 2017 of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation.
Her research at the Institute will focus on changing Western notions about living towards death in old age, the implications of the new demography of death, dying and living towards the end of life, and its impact on the way individuals view (the meaning of) their lives. Her visit has been made possible by a grant from the Dr. Catharine van Tussenbroek Foundation.