Research on ageing focuses on the social-scientific analyses of different sides of being old and the elderly’s life situation and on the political consequences of an ageing population for the welfare state. Here the central topics are labour market, civil society and family – all equally basic prerequisites for active ageing and for maintaining a sustainable welfare state.
Research on housing has its focus on the need for a home and patterns of changing residence in different stages of life, interaction with the changes in the neighbourhood over time and the significance of different political measures in housing. Having a home is essential for welfare, for higher education, establishing a family, having a job and good health, and for active ageing.
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Interdisciplinary topics of research for this group are social inequality, solidarity, demography and the politics of the welfare state, especially senior and housing policies. The bulk of the research activity in the group is based on the longitudinal life-course data, either by combining data from different public administrative registers or from established questionnaires as in the Norwegian study of life-course, ageing and generations (NorLAG), listed under Projects below.
Our group consists of research members with backgrounds in sociology, social economy, psychology, social geography, history and political science.
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.
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 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.
Explaining Social Patterns in Sickness Absence: the Influence of Values, Attitudes and Norms (SAVAN)
The project aims to study the influence of values, attitudes and norms on sickness absence.
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.
- A Fair Chance? How Geography Shapes Life Opportunities (FAIR)
- Hellevik, T. & Herlofson, K. (2020). 67+ and still working. The importance of earlier job situation and retirement plans for extended careers. Nordic Welfare Research (idunn.no)
- Wessel, T. & Magnussen, L.T. (2020). The migration pathway to economic mobility: Does gender matter? Population, Space and Place (onlinelibrary.wiley.com)
- Veenstra, M., Daatland, S.O. & Aartsen, M. (2020). The role of subjective age in sustaining wellbeing and health in the second half of life (cambridge.org). Ageing & Society
- Gautun, H., Bratt, C., Billings, J. (2020). Nurses` experiences of transitions of older patients from hospitals to community care. A nation-wide survey in Norway (onlinelibrary.wiley.com). Health Science Reports
- Hansen, T. & Slagsvold, B. (2020). An “Army of Volunteers”? Engagement, Motivation, and Barriers to Volunteering among the Baby Boomers (tandfonline.com). Journal of Gerontological Social Work
- Turner, L.M., Östh, J. (2020). Trap or opportunity—What role does geography play in the use of cash for childcare? (onlinelibrary.wiley.com) Population, Space and Place.
- Vangen, H. (2020). The Impact of Informal Caregiving on Labour Supply Before and After a Parent’s Death (link.springer.com). Journal of Population Ageing
- Sørvoll, J., Nordvik, V. (2019). Social Citizenship, Inequality and Homeownership. Postwar Perspectives from the North of Europe (cambridge.org). Social Policy and Society
- Herlofson, K.; Brandt, M. (2019). Helping older parents in Europe: the importance of grandparenthood, gender and care regime (tandfonline.com). European Societies
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