ASC-ISAR – Interdisciplinary Seminars on Ageing Research 

At the Division of Ageing and Social Change (ASC), we organise the ASC-ISAR online seminar series which provides outstanding lectures on ageing of interdisciplinary significance for all those interested in ageing research.
Research on ageing is by nature interdisciplinary. Ageing is part of human life in general, but also socially constructed and influenced by many different factors, such as genes, lifestyle, social structure, welfare systems, technical development, health care, medicine, and economy. Many research areas are associated with ageing, although not considered as “ageing research”.

ASC-ISAR is a seminar series for everyone interested in research on ageing. Each academic year, we invite a limited number of guest speakers who are distinguished contributors to the proliferation of knowledge on issues related to ageing to present their works and perspective. 

ASC-ISAR provides a platform for ageing researchers and for anyone interested in ageing-related topics to attend lectures, meet, network and create collaborations.

All seminars are held in English and via Zoom.

Programme 2023

Upcoming seminars

Inequalities in Extending Working Life: The Role of Organisations and Employers

Presenter: Konrad Turek, Assistant Professor, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Date and time: June 21, 13:15 CET

Abstract: Extending working lives (EWL) is inevitable for all industrialized countries but carries a risk of severe consequences for people who cannot or do not want to work longer. Public policies pay little attention to discrepancies in older people’s abilities, motivation and opportunities to reach the increasing retirement ages. A successful transition to actively ageing societies requires making EWL accessible and beneficial for everybody and designing solutions that prevent the deepening of socioeconomic inequalities at older ages. During this presentation, I consider the nature of these inequalities. Drawing upon the capability approach to inequalities, I consider the tensions between system demand to work longer and individual capabilities to do so. These capabilities develop over the course of life in socially stratified ways. However, they are also shaped within organisations that are mostly considered “black boxes” in inequality studies. Building on theoretical and empirical literature, this presentation aims to provide a better understanding of how employers’ practices and organisational processes can produce or reduce inequalities in older age.


Implemented seminars

Ageism, ableism and older workers

Mariska van der Horst, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Date and time: February 8, 13:15 CET

Abstract: In this seminar, Mariska van der Horst will discuss recent and ongoing work on ageism and ableism as it relates to older workers. By disentangling various layers of ageism the aim is to get a better understanding of what ageism is, and how it affects older workers. Because many stereotypes about older people in general and older workers more specific are related to (perceived or expected) health and ability, the question becomes: if there were no ableism, how much ageism would older workers still experience? She will mainly draw on her research with professor Sarah Vickerstaff in their joint work on ageism and ableism funded by the ESRC (ES/S00551X/1), and also look ahead at ongoing work from the Supporting Healthy Ageing at Work (SHAW) project, which is led by professor Wendy Loretto and funded by the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme, grant number (ES/V016148/1).

Digitalization and Intergenerational Relationships

Bruno Arpino, associated professor at the University of Florence, Italy.
Date and time: May 10t, 13:15 CET

 The seminar will focus on two studies based on panel data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), which includes information on individuals aged 50 and more from different European countries. In the first study, I examine the effect of internet use on the frequency of contact with children. In the second study, I analyse the probability of starting or stopping using the Internet after the transition to grandparenthood. Results show that internet use has a sizable effect on frequency of contact with children, and that having the first grandchild increases the probability of starting to use the Internet. These results point to the fact that intergenerational relationships can both influence and be influenced by the use of digital technologies.

Research on Ageing and Social Change

Previous seminars


Social and cognitive aspects of hearing loss in older adults
by Henrik Danielsson, professor and research director at the Disability Research Division, Linköping University (Sweden)

Cancelled, new date to be announced soon: European macro ageing policies and key questions
by Vitalija Gaucaite, former chief of the Population Unit of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The challenges to guarantee sexual rights and sexual behavior in long-term care institutions for older people. 

Prof. Feliciano Villar Posada, University of Barcelona, Spain

Cross-national empirical evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on informal carers in Europe. 

Dr. Giovanni Lamura, Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing, Italian National Institute for the Science on Ageing and Health (INRCA), Italy

Family Conflicts: Love and Hate around Inheritance and Gifts

Dr. Stephan Köppe, University College Dublin, Ireland

Exploring the relationship between critical life transitions in older age and multidimesional social exclusion. 

Prof. Kieran Walsh, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, University of Galway, Ireland


Learning and dementia

Prof. Lars-Christer Hydén and Elias Ingebrand, Linköping University, Division Ageing and Social Change.

Ageing and Social Change (AGE) – Themes and concepts of a new international Master’s programme

Prof. Andreas Motel-Klingebiel and Dr. Indre Genelyte, Linköping University, Division of Ageing and Social Change.

Ageing and communication technologies

Prof. Loredana Ivan, University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania.

Aging and Digital Technology – Friends or Foes?

Dr. Stefan T. Kamin, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU), Germany

Loneliness in older adults – research evidence and future directions

Prof. Dr. Lena Dahlberg, Dalarna University, Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, Sweden

Using active ageing as a policy response to the challenges of ageing

Dr. Liam Foster, University of Sheffield, UK