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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  • 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