Postgraduate education includes a PhD programme on Ageing and Social Change and postdoctoral studies that are embedded in the research activities within the local, national, European and international networks of The Division of Ageing and Social Change, ASC. The aim of postgraduate studies is to extend and deepen the student’s theoretical and methodological knowledge and understanding of ageing and later life as a research area.
Doctoral studies are primarily connected to ongoing research projects at ASC and the university’s formal regulations for dissertations apply.
Doctoral research projects
Dementia and Learning
People with dementia are often portrayed as non-competent members in interaction. One largely unquestioned notion is that people with dementia are incapable of new learning. My thesis challenges this by exploring interactional changes over time for people living with dementia who use tablet computers without having any prior experiences of this.
Meso Perspectives on Age Discrimination in Late Working Life in Sweden
This project analyses mechanisms of age discrimination in late working life with a focus of the role of companies and local governments. It analyzes working life trajectories, employment outcomes in Sweden using a life course perspective in order to understand the dynamics of age discrimination in late working life.
A Divided Old Age through Digital Health Technologies
This PhD thesis takes a critical perspective on the incorporation of digital technologies in service provision and considers digital technologies as a possible contributing factor to growing risks of exclusion and social inequalities in old age. It investigates the selective involvement of older people in research on new digital services as a mechanism leading to exclusionary digital services in ageing societies, with a focus on healthcare services.
Eldercare for Older Adults Aged 65 and over with and without Dementia: the Case of Sweden
The growing number of people aged 65+ living with dementia implies an increase in the demand for eldercare services. My thesis takes social policy research perspective to investigate and discuss the municipal regulated eldercare services directed to this population in Sweden
Ageism in Institutional Digital Media: Online Age Work and Representations of Older Adults
With the developments of digitalization and ICTs, many institutions have appropriated and actively utilized digital media platforms to conduct online age work protecting the interest of older adults and shape online representations of age. Ageism remains as a social problem in digital media, given the media practices of underrepresenting and misrepresenting an individual or social groups on the ground of age. The dissertation focuses on online age work of institutions (i.e., public institutions and media institutions as example) and online representations of older adults. It aims to develop theoretical understanding of ageism in institutional digital media and attempts to identify possible solutions for institutions to mitigate ageism in institutional digital media.
Post doc 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.
Post-doctoral research projects and activities
The Effect of Exclusion from Social Relations on Cognitive Decline Trajectories, Productive Behaviours, and Independent Living Capacity among Older Persons in Sweden
This project examines the social and individual factors that that lead to exclusion from social relations and therefore in decrements through adverse cognitive decline trajectories in productive behaviours and independent living capacity among the older in Sweden.
Did We Forget the Frail People? The Impact of Study Design on Estimated Differences in Health within and across European Countries
Conducting representative surveys among old people is extra challenging due to the high prevalence of frailty and poor health. Without extra effort, the study population will most likely have better health than the general population.
Register database and cross-cultural differences in gender and work inequalities across Europe
Lina Homman is currently mainly involved in updating and maintaining a large longitudinal register database for all of Sweden with a focus on ageing and social change. In addition to this, she is involved in the larger projects EIWO and GENPATH. Both projects relate to cross-cultural differences in gender and work inequalities across Europe.