The ageing research studies social, behavioural and health developments in older adults living in Norway. Central fields in their studies are the civil society, labour marked, social network and family – which are the key domains of active ageing and relevant fields for policy advise for maintaining a sustainable welfare state.
Our research on housing explores several topics: housing needs, housing demand, social inequality, mobility and life course events, contextual effects, and housing policy. The basic assumption is that housing plays a central role in people’s everyday life, but also in the production and reproduction of social inequality.
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Our ageing research concentrate on opportunities for active ageing or exclusion from it, intergenerational support, retirement, formal and informal care, individual’s health and wellbeing and the social construction of inequalities therein, and on the consequences of an ageing population for the sustainability of the welfare state. The department is increasingly involved in international research projects, which opens up for new research on the influence of macro social factors such as culture and welfare state provisions.
Regarding our housing studies, a dividing line exists between ownership and renting, and between different birth cohorts’ access to housing during periods of varying economic and political conditions. Housing is an exceptional type of good, indivisibly linked to its geographical location, and likely to affect well-being and the distribution of economic resources. Effects on other spheres of life may be direct or indirect, i.e. housing will sometimes play a mediating role in relation to spheres such as education, work, family formation, and health.
A Fair Chance? How Geography Shapes Life Opportunities (FAIR)
The project addresses how the spatial context in which people live during different stages of their lives shape their life prospects and socioeconomic outcomes.
A Life Course Perspective on the Gendered Pathways of Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life, and its Consequences for Health and Wellbeing...
GENPATH is an international European research project focussing on social exclusion in later life.
The Norwegian Life Course, Ageing and Generation Study (NorLAG)
A multidisciplinary and longitudinal study that includes data on well-being, health, work, care, and family relations in the second half of life (age 40+).
Combining Work and Care for Older Parents (CoWorkCare)
In this research project the researchers aims to generate new knowledge on how senior employees' care obligations for their older parents affect their labour market participation.
The Work-retirement Transition
The project aims to investigate characteristics of the work-retirement transition and the factors contributing to when and how the transition takes place.
Inequalities in Ageing Well and the Significance of Transitions in Later Life (TRILL)
TRILL addresses the impact of later life transitions on opportunities for ageing well.
ACCESS Life Course Database: Upgrade and Expansion
Through the ACCESS Upgrade infrastructure, researchers and students will gain access to updated and upgraded longitudinal life course data for more than 11,000 men and women born between 1922 and 1966.
- A Fair Chance? How Geography Shapes Life Opportunities (FAIR)
Members of the departments’ ageing research collaborate with research groups from universities across Europe, among which the Karolinska Institute, Swiss-centre of expertise in life course research-LIVES, University of Bucharest, Free University Amsterdam, Technical University Dortmund and the German Centre of Gerontology - DZA, and the University of Milano Bicocca.
The department was further involved in a number of European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) actions, i.e. INTERFASOL - Intergenerational family solidarity across Europe (cost.eu), AGEISM - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective (cost.eu); and ROSENET Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research & Policy (rosenetcost.com).
The departments’ housing studies group are active members of the international research organisation the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR). The annual research conferences arranged by ENHR has become an important venue for presentations of our ongoing research, but also for making new contacts with researchers for future collaboration. Lena Magnusson Turner is also member of the ENHR coordination committee.
- Løset, G.K. & von Soest, T. (2022). Big five personality traits and physician-certified sickness absence. European Journal of Personality (journals.sagepub.com)
- Flåto, M. (2022). What They Talk about When They Talk about Homelessness: Discourse and Knowledge Culture as a Barrier to Integrated Policy Initiatives. Journal of Social Policy (cambridge.com)
- Veenstra, M. & Aartsen, M. (2022). Life-course income trajectories of men and women in Norway: Implications for self-rated health in later life. European Journal of Public Health (pubmed.gov)
- Galster, G., Turner, L.M. & Santiago, A.M. (2022). Decomposing educational disparities between immigrants and natives in Oslo: how gender, parents, and place matter. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (tandfonline.com)
- Gautun, H., Kvæl, L.A.H. & Bratt, C. (2022). After Hospital: Should Older Care-Needing Patients Be Transferred to Their Homes or to an intermediate Care Institution? Healthcare (brage.inn.no)
- Aarland, K., Santiago, A.M., Galster, G.C. & Nordvik, V. (2021): Childhood Housing Tenure and Young Adult Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Sibling Comparisons in Norway. Journal of Housing Economics (sciencedirect.com)
- Vangen, H., Hellevik, T. & Herlofson, K. (2021). Associations between paid and unpaid work among Norwegian seniors: competition, complementarity or continuity? European Journal of Ageing (link.springer.com)
- Hansen, T. et al. (2021). Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life: Micro- and Macro-Level Patterns and Correlations in a European Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (mdpi.com)
Find more publications at the researchers’ employee pages.