COST Training School at Campus Norrköping

From May 30th to June 2nd the Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC) at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV) will hold the international COST Training School ‘Theory and Methods in Research on Ageism and Age-discrimination’. About 40 early-career scientists as well as nine distinguished international experts will visit LiU and participate in this event at LiU’s Campus Norrköping.

It is part of the international activities of the COST Action IS1402 ‘Ageism - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective’. This EU-funded action aims to enhance scientific knowledge and attention to ageism, by bringing together, integrating and enhancing the competencies and bodies of knowledge of different research disciplines, by developing national, multi-national and international collaborations with public policy officials, non-academic professionals, civil society NGOs and older persons, and by fostering a new generation of researchers. 
The COST Training School will concentrate on multifaceted theories of ageism, on related concepts and on the embeddedness into wider social theory. This will be done within the framework of the involved disciplines and with a focus on thematic areas and (multi)disciplinary focal points, on empirical operationalisation and research concepts, on research methods and the adequacy of current approaches. It will discuss research examples, qualify the need for future research and consider the issue of research funding.
The COST Training School will consist of three main modules: A. Defining the concept: Theories of ageism and age discrimination, B. Research approaches on ageism and age discrimination, C. Tools for research and policies on ageism and age discrimination. These modules contain keynote lectures by distinguished senior speakers and workshops chaired by them. Among the experts:
• Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, World Health Organization
• Nena Georgantzi, AGE Platform Europe
• Clary Krekula, Karlstad University
• Magnus Nilsson, Gothenburg University
• Nanna Notthoff, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
• Jolanta Perek-Bialas, Warsaw School of Economics, Jagiellonian University
• José de São José, Universidade do Algarve
• Fredrik Snellman, Umeå University
• Eskil Wadensjö, Stockholm University
Researchers at the Division Ageing and Social Change make this COST Training School possible: Andreas Motel-Klingebiel and Annika T. Larsson are chairing the COST Training School and serve as senior experts; Eleonor Antelius is the scientific coordinator of the TS; Arianna Poli coordinates the social media activities of the TS and contributes together with Axel Ågren as trainees. 

Background information

What is ageism? Ageism is the complex and usually negative social construction of old age. According to a recent study (The Everyday Ageism Project,, ageism is the most prevalent type of discrimination reported by almost 35% of all participants over the age of 18. Ageism takes place at both the structural and individual levels and is present in many different contexts (e.g., the workplace, health care, media etc.).