Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC)

ASC conducts leading-edge research on key social, political and cultural issues of ageing. While providing basic and advanced academic training within these fields, ASC also contributes to the proliferation of knowledge about ageing within society.

ASC seeks to generate and improve knowledge about ageing as both a social and individual process within the context of a dynamic world, where demographic shifts are a crucial part of social change in contemporary and future societies. The main focus of ASC’s research on ageing is on the relationship between the life-course and social change. Their complex relationship is analyzed from a multi-level perspective, from society as a whole to the individual, and the interaction between them over time. From these ambitious perspectives, ASC’s research topics include social inequality and inclusion/exclusion, ageing with health and disability, as well as ageing in social and physical contexts. Research at ASC on dementia, as conducted at the Center for Dementia Research (CEDER) or on ageism and age-discrimination within the ITN EuroAgeism, serve as key examples of the rewarding integration of research topics.

Against this backdrop, ASC is involved in several major research and training networks such as the COST Actions of Ageism and on Old-age Social Exclusion, the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH) or the ‘International, multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral training network on ageism’ EuroAgeism. Moreover, ASC is closely linked to the Journal of Aging and Social Change (JASC), which is edited at ASC. ASC is organizer of the LiU Interdisciplinary Seminar on Ageing Research (ISAR), which is run in close cooperation with IKE’s Division of Neuro and Inflammation Sciences (NIV).

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Research programme

While being committed to interdisciplinarity as a key issue for ageing research, ASC emphasizes perspectives from the social, behavioural and political sciences. Researchers coming from numerous academic disciplines within these fields integrate their views in examining issues related to welfare systems, social structure, technology, economy, migration, gender, health, disability, care, geography, architecture and other areas. To cover this wide range appropriately, ASC initiates scientific partnerships with many national and international actors in the field of ageing and invites further collaboration.

Researchers at ASC apply and develop advanced methods and analytical tools within the framework of the disciplines involved. The combination of advanced methods, from statistical analysis to qualitative studies of different kinds, makes it possible to pursue a thorough investigation of the institute’s research interests.

The main focus of ASC’s research on ageing and later life is on the relationship between the life-course and social change in three broad areas:

Thematic area I: Ageing and social structure
Social inequality of ageing, social integration, social exclusion and changing welfare systems

Thematic area II: Ageing between health and disease
Health, morbidity and care, support needs and living with morbidity

Thematic area III: Ageing in local context
Changing social, technological and spatial environments.

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Postgraduate studies and education

Since the introduction of a doctoral programme in 2001, LiU offers postgraduate studies in ageing and later life. It is the aim of postgraduate studies at ASC to extend and deepen the student’s theoretical and methodological knowledge and understanding of ageing and later life as a research area.

Doctoral programme – Doctoral studies are primarily connected to ongoing research projects at ASC and the university’s formal regulations for dissertations apply. The doctoral programme in ageing and later life is intended to develop and deepen the student's knowledge in the fields of research on ageing, in both theory and methodology. Being admitted to doctoral studies requires excellent qualifications and the ability to complete the programme. General admission means that the applicant has successfully completed an undergraduate programme of at least 240 credit points or acquired equivalent knowledge within or outside the country.

Find doctoral programme at ASC.

Postdoc research – Apart from the promotion of doctoral fellows and the supervision of doctoral studies, ASC also offers postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to develop their academic career within an inspiring and encouraging research context after receiving their PhD at a university in Sweden or abroad. ASC also participates in undergraduate training at Linköping University with courses related to the fields of research and the various academic competences available at the institute.

Undergraduate education – Researchers at ASC contribute to undergraduate education at Linköping University with courses on ageing and social change. In 2018 ASC provides two courses of its own starting in autumn:

Life-course and Social Welfare (15 hp – course in English)

Att leva med demens (15 hp – course in Swedish)

Find single-subject courses at ASC.


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Staff

Affiliated Staff

At LiU

Christina Samuelsson
Associate Professor
Linköping University

Charlotte Plejert
Senior Lecturer
Linköping University

Ann-Charlotte Nedlund
Senior Lecturer
Linköping University

Anna Ekström
Research Fellow
Linköping University

Maziar Yazdan Panah
PhD student
Linköping University

Elin Nilsson
PhD student
Linköping University

In Sweden

Ali Reza Majlesi
Senior Lecturer
Stockholm University

Ulrika Ferm
Senior Lecturer
Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Gunilla Jansson
Professor
Stockholm University

Outside Sweden

Nicole Müller
Professor
University College Cork

Heidi Hamilton
Professor
Georgetown University

Ann-Marie Landmark
Postdoctoral fellow
University of Oslo

Gitte Rasmussen
Professor
University of Southern Denmark

Jan Svennevig
Professor
University of Oslo

Camilla Lindholm
Professor
University of Helsinki

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Publications

2018

Francesco Barbabella, Arianna Poli, Elizabeth Hanson, Frida Andreasson, Benjamin Salzmann, Hanneli Doehner, Roberta Papa, Areti Efthymiou, Silvia Valenza, Giuseppe Pelliccioni, Giovanni Lamura

Usage and Usability of a Web-based Program for Family Caregivers of Older People in Three European Countries: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation

In Computers, Informatics, Nursing

Article in journal

Andrew J. E. Harding, Hazel Morbey, Faraz Ahmed, Carol Opdebeeck, Ying-Ying Wang, Paula Williamson, Caroline Swarbrick, Iracema Leroi, David Challis, Linda Davies, David Reeves, Fiona Holland, Mark Hann, Ingrid Hellström, Lars-Christer Hydén, Alistair Burns, John Keady, Siobhan Reilly

Developing a core outcome set for people living with dementia at home in their neighbourhoods and communities: study protocol for use in the evaluation of non-pharmacological community-based health and social care interventions

In Trials

Article in journal

Elzana Odzakovic, Lars-Christer Hyden, Karin Festin, Agneta Kullberg

People diagnosed with dementia in Sweden: What type of home care services and housing are they granted? A cross-sectional study

In Scandinavian Journal of Public Health

Article in journal

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