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How demographic changes shape intergenerational solidarity, well-being, and social integration: A multilinks framework

Objective

The objective of this project is to investigate how changing social contexts, from macro-societal to micro-interpersonal, affect social integration, well-being and intergenerational solidarity across different European nations. Debates on ageing societies predominantly focus on the circumstances of the old. Our approach builds from three key premises. First, ageing affects all age groups: the young, the middle-aged, and the old. Second, there are critical interdependencies between family generations and between men and women. Third, we must recognize and distinguish analytical levels: the individual, dyad (parent-child, partners), family, region, historical generation, and country. Building from these premises, we examine: (a) multiple linkages in families (e.g. transfers up and down family lineages, interdependencies between older and younger family members); (b) multiple linkages across time (measures at different points in time, at different points in the individual and family life course); (c) multiple linkages between, on the one hand, national and regional contexts (e.g. policy regimes, economic circumstances, normative climate, religiosity), and, on the other hand, individual behaviour, well-being and values. Throughout the project we will test, develop, and use methodological strategies that enable sound policy making. By identifying intergenerational care regimes (that is, combinations of child care provisions and provisions for the frail old) and their shortcomings, we will contribute to the substantive understanding of the risks of becoming socially isolated and/or lacking necessary supports. A consortium of eight partners organized in six teams will carry out the project. All partners are involved in the Gender and Generations Program, a system of nationally comparative surveys and contextual databases, which aims at improving the knowledge base for policy-making in UNECE countries. Currently, data are available from 12 countries.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 195 620,20
Administrative Contact
Patrick Heeres (Mr.)

Participants (8)

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 290
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inge Cornillie (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 300
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leen Verreydt (Ms.)
WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUR SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 732
Address
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Baumer (Ms.)
NORSK INSTITTUT FOR FORSKNING OM OP PVEKST VELFERD OG ALDRING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 225 956
Address
Munthes Gate 29
0260 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Britt Slagsvold (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 222 223
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wim Zinger (Mr.)
ESTONIAN INTERUNIVERSITY POPULATION RESEARCH CENTRE
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 120 200
Address
Gonsiori 33-36
10147 Tallinn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luule Sakkeus (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 218 828
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ilaria Fortuna (Ms.)
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 136 544,80
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Hage (Ms.)