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Professor Sara CarmelResearcher


Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Job title

Head of Department


Centre for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging
Faculty of Health Sciences
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
PO Box 653
Beer-Sheva 84105


Social Gerontology, Sociology

Specialist areas

Well-being and coping in old age: Differences among different social groups according to gender, immigration, minorities, etc.
End-of-life care
Evaluation of health and welfare services

Methodology areas

Quantitative research methods


Sara Carmel is a professor of medical sociology and gerontology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where she is the Head of the Department of Sociology of Health and Gerontology and of the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging. She is also the president of the International Longevity Center – Israel, Chairperson of the Fund for Research in Aging, of the Ministry for Senior Citizens, and former president of the Israel Gerontological Society. Prof. Carmel established and directed the first MA programs in Sociology of Health and in Gerontology in Israel and the Israel National Fund for Research in Aging at the Ministry of Senior Citizens. She has carried out a number of large-scale national studies in Israel and surveys in a number of European countries. She is the author of more than a hundred fifty scientific publications including edited books, and has served on national and international committees for academic and policy affairs. Currently, she is a member of European Community committees on aging, immigration, minorities and health such as, ERA-AGE and COST. Her recent research includes a focus on effects of immigration, gender and ethnic origin on elderly persons’ will to live, health, well-being and survival; end-of-life care related preferences and practices of various groups of patients and medical personnel; doctor-patient relationship and communication; caregiving; and evaluation of health and welfare services.