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Arianna Poli


My research deals with inequalities in old age, in relation to digitalisation in society.

Ageing in digitalised societies: new sources of exclusion and inequality?

Arianna Poli, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in Ageing and Social Change at the Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC). Her research lies within the field of social gerontology, particularly in the intersection of ageing, digitalisation, exclusion and inequality.

She completed her PhD in Ageing and Social Change in 2021 at Linköping University, with a thesis entitled ‘A Divided Old Age through Research on Digital Technologies’. She is currently postdoctoral researcher at ASC and at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland in Galway. Before joining Linköping University, she had worked at the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing at the National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing, Italy. 

In her PhD thesis, she investigated the involvement of older people in research on digital technologies and found it to be unequal. Some groups of older people are systematically less likely to be involved than others. These groups tend to have disadvantaged social positions in terms of age, socio-economic status, health status, and digital skills. Her results revealed that the under-representation of these groups and, thus, the over-representation of their counterparts in research on digital technologies can bias research results and can cause an overestimation of the positive effects of digital-based interventions. Her thesis work was conducted within Supporting Self-care by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Older People with Long-term Conditions (ICT4Self-Care) programme, funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). 

She is currently involved in several international research projects with a focus on digitalisation, inequality, exclusion and ageing, investigating the differential impact of digitalisation among older people in different domains, such as working life, healthcare, service provision. She is founding member and newsletter editor of the international scientific network Socio-Gerontechnology. She is a management committee member for Sweden within the NET4AGE-Friendly COST Action (CA 19136). In 2019, she was nominated as a representative of the ageing research conducted at Linköping University for the Sweden-Japan cooperation project MIRAI. She is alumnus of the Swedish National Graduate School on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) and was an early-career member within the COST Action Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion Through Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet).


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COST Action ‘Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet)’ (COST CA15122)

Old-age exclusion involves interchanges between multi-level risk factors, processes and outcomes. It leads to inequities in choice and control, resources and relationships, and power and rights in key domains of life

COST Action ‘Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet)’ (COST CA15122)
SWEAH - national graduate school on ageing and heakth.

National Graduate School on Ageing and Health

SWEAH is geared towards cooperation among Swedish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and relevant national and international partners. LiU serves as partner and ASC is involved with doctoral research and education.

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International Interdisciplinary Network on Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments - NET4AGE-Friendly

NET4AGE-Friendly is an international interdisciplinary network on smart healthy age-friendly environments, which aims at promoting social inclusion, independent living and active and healthy ageing in a digital society.


Mobile Digital Training for Direct Care Workers Dealing with Stroke Survivors - iTRAIN

The iTRAIN project involves the development and test of an innovative vocational training package, including handbooks, mobile-based serious games, multimedia training videos and MOOC, which target low-skilled care workers in six European countries.

DigiNord - Older workers and the digitalization of work in Nordic countries.

Older workers and the digitalization of work in the Nordic countries

The network and workshop action DigiNord addresses aims at improving the understanding of how the digitalization of work affects older workers and late work. It takes an exclusion and social risk perspective on late working life

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The Ageing and Social Change research environment

The Ageing and Social Change research environment conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing.

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  • Bachelor’s degree, Psychological Sciences, 2009
  • Master’s degree, Psychology, 2012
  • Second-level Short Specialisation degree, Psychology of Ageing, 2013


  • Registered as chartered Psychologist at National Association of Psychologists since 2013 
  • Member of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) since 2016 
  • Affiliated to Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) since 2015
  • Founding member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network since 2019
  • Management committee member for Sweden of the COST Action (CA19136) NET4AGE-Friendly since 2021



Arianna Poli, Susanne Kelfve, Katarina Berg, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2023) Old-age diversity is underrepresented in digital health research: findings from the evaluation of a mobile phone system for post-operative progress monitoring in Sweden Ageing & Society, Vol. 43, p. 2264-2286 Continue to DOI


Rytis Maskeliunas, Robertas Damasevicius, Andrius Paulauskas, Maria Gabriella Ceravolo, Marina Charalambous, Maria Kambanaros, Eliada Pampoulou, Francesco Barbabella, Arianna Poli, Carlos V. Carvalho (2022) Deep Reinforcement Learning-Based iTrain Serious Game for Caregivers Dealing with Post-Stroke Patients Information, Vol. 13, Article 564 Continue to DOI
Arianna Poli, Annika Heuer, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2022) Older Workers' Experience with Technology-related Changes at Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Arianna Poli, Susanne Kelfve, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2022) Does the Uneven Involvement of Older People in Digital Health Research Bias Research Results?
Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen, Arianna Poli, Tale Hellevik, Katharina Herlofson, Annika Heuer, Roger Norum, Per Erik Solem, Jawaria Khan, Visa Rantanen, Andreas Motel-Klingebiel (2022) Older Workers in Digitalizing Workplaces: A Systematic Literature Review Journal of Aging and Social Change, Vol. 12, p. 37-59 Continue to DOI