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Stefania Ilinca

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Stefania Ilinca

I am currently acting as Technical Officer for long-term care with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, I am a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health and a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow.
I have completed a PhD in health economics with the Swiss School of Public Health + at the University of Lugano and I hold a masters in public management from Bocconi University. I have extensive experience working at the interface between policy and research and in designing, implementing and disseminating results for research projects in the fields of applied health economics, health policy and public health. I am passionate about shaping health and long-term care systems that are accessible, fair and effective and raising awareness of the challenges faced by older people in utilizing the care and support services they need.


Countries Romania;
Topics Care economy; Care inequalities; Care innovations; Care integration/ coordination; Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Gender and care; LTC Reforms; New models of care; Prevention and rehabilitation and LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Comparative policy analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys; Theory of Change;
Role Policy;
Interest Groups Employment Education and Family carers; Long-Term Care Policy; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

I have concentrated in my research on innovation and service design in health and long-term care systems, as well as reducing discrimination and inequity in access to health and long-term care. I strongly believe there is a need for investment in strengthening care delivery for people with complex needs (including people living with dementia) across the world, supporting integrated care models and improving access to needed care over the life course.

Key publications

Rodrigues, R., Rehnberg, J., Simmons, C., Ilinca, S., Zólyomi, E., Vafaei, A., Fors, S. (2023). Cohort Trajectories by Age and Gender for Informal Caregiving in Europe Adjusted for Sociodemographic Changes, 2004 and 2015. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbad011. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbad011

Ilinca, S., Rodrigues, R., Fors, S. et al. (2022) Gender differences in access to community-based care: a longitudinal analysis of widowhood and living arrangements. European Journal of Ageing.

Fors, S., Ilinca, S., Jull, J. et al. (2022) Cohort-specific disability trajectories among older women and men in Europe 2004–2017. European Journal of Ageing .

Rodrigues R. & Ilinca S. (2021) How does she do it all? Effects of education on reconciliation of employment and informal caregiving among Austrian women. Social Policy & Administration. DOI:

Ilinca S, Di Giorgio L, Salari P & Chuma J (2019) Socio-economic inequality and inequity in use of health care services in Kenya: Evidence from the fourth Kenya Household Health Expenditure and Utilization Survey, International Journal for Equity in Health, 18: 196. DOI: 10.1186/s12939-019-1106-z

Ilinca S, Rodrigues R, Schmidt A (2017) Fairness and Eligibility to Long-Term Care: An Analysis of the Factors Driving Inequality and Inequity in the Use of Home Care for Older Europeans. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14(10):1224. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14101224

Rodrigues R, Ilinca S, Schmidt AE. (2017) Income-rich and wealth-poor? The impact of measures of socio-economic status in the analysis of the distribution of long-term care use among older people. Health Economics, 27(3), 637-646. DOI: 10.1002/hec.3607