Upcoming Activities

Date Events
Preventing inequality in ageing

An event organised within the FACTAGE and BEL-ageing projects under the umbrella of CEPS Ageing Societies Programme

Europe’s population is ageing fast. A growing range of inequalities can already be detected among the elderly. Mortality rates and health vary across socio-economic groups, affecting their respective earnings potential and the possibility to extend working lives.

With increasing labour market inequality over the past decades, higher statutory pension ages and recent pension reforms that tighten the link between contributions and benefits, there is a risk that inequalities among older people will increase in the coming years.

Hervé Boulhol, Senior Economist at the OECD, will present his organisation’s latest work on ways to address emerging inequalities among aging populations.

The discussion will emphasise a life-course approach, which seeks out policies that aim to prevent and mitigate inequalities from building up from an early age. The real challenge, however, will be to effectively design such policies within current budgetary constraints.

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

Registration from 15:00 – Meeting from 15:30 to 17:00

Brussels, Belgium

Past Activities

Date Events
EKSOC Visiting Fellowship Programme at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology University of Lodz, Poland

The EKSOC Visiting Fellowship Programme at the Faculty of Economics and Sociology University of Lodz, Poland accepts applications until 10th of December 2017. Scholars specializing in fields related to social policy research are warmly welcomed to apply.

General information

In order to foster international cooperation in research and teaching, as well as to raise the academic profile of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology at the University of Lodz, each year it selects a number of distinguished academics who wish to spend a minimum of three months at the Faculty and engage in scholarly work. The idea underlying the EKSOC Visiting Fellowship Programme is to build on strategic areas within the Faculty, i.e. enhancing its educational offer, strengthening academic networks, and achieving excellence in research.

The EKSOC Fellowship Programme supports the research and teaching of visiting fellows at the Faculty. Visiting fellows are those who visit for a temporary period consisting of a minimum of three months. They are considered guests of the Faculty. During these months visiting fellows are expected to conduct 60 hours of teaching relating to their research interests and launch research activities in collaboration with scholars and PhD students from the Faculty.

Visiting fellows are invited to plan their stays during the regular academic year. Fall term appointments run from the 1st of October to the end of January. Spring appointments begin in mid-February and end in mid-June. Visiting fellows are expected to be in residence a minimum of three months during the term.

Lodz, Poland
Poverty Transitions in Ireland

Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

On 7 December, an event will take place to launch a new report titled Poverty Transitions in Ireland by Raffaele Grotti, Bertrand Maître, Dorothy Watson and Christopher T. Whelan.

Report description

In this report, we use Irish SILC data from 2004-2015 to examine poverty and deprivation transitions among various social risk groups – groups experiencing an increased risk of poverty due to non-class personal or family factors.  Social risk groups include: lone parents, people with a disability, young adults, children, working-age adults and older adults.   We exploit the longitudinal component of the data and primarily focus on cases where information is available for two consecutive waves. The report examines entry and exit rates into deprivation and poverty as well as the incidence of consistent poverty and deprivation (in both years). Lone parents emerge in all the analyses as the group most affected by poverty and deprivation. The relationship between poverty and deprivation is investigated and a modest overlap between the two is found. We also examine how different groups were affected at different times (pre and post-recession). While persistent deprivation increased with the onset of recession, the pattern for persistent poverty is less clear. Finally, an additional contribution of the paper is to examine the severity of attrition in the data, which leads to substantially reduced sample sizes and a slight underrepresentation of young adults and those with higher levels of education.

Dublin, Ireland
Annual Geary Lecture – Precarious Lives: Insecurity, Exclusion and Well-Being in Advanced Capitalist Democracies

Speaker: Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The ESRI’s annual Geary Lecture will be held on 16 November. It will be delivered by Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Precarious Lives: Insecurity, Exclusion and Well-Being in Advanced Capitalist Democracies

Precarious work (i.e., work that is insecure and uncertain, often low-paying, and in which the risks of work are shifted from employers and the government to workers) has emerged as a serious concern for individuals and families and underlies many of the insecurities that have fueled recent populist political movements.  The impacts of precarious work differ among countries depending on their labor market and welfare system institutions, laws and policies, and cultural factors.  My talk examines how people in six advanced industrial countries representing different welfare and employment regimes—Denmark, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States—differ in both their experience of precarious work and in outcomes of precarious work such as job and economic insecurity, entry into the labor force, and subjective well-being.

Dublin, Ireland
Workshop on European Social Survey (ESS)

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a pan-European research infrastructure providing freely accessible data for academics, policymakers, civil society and the wider public. The ESS survey, conducted every two years, aims to measure social attitudes and behavior. In addition to the survey, the ESS European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) provides direct and virtual training programmes and offers free access to its growing data and documentation archive.

Luxembourg participated in the ESS survey only in the first two rounds, which took place in 2002 and 2004. The aim of the conference is twofold:

  • firstly, to showcase research based on the ESS data, conducted by scholars in Luxembourg, and its impact on society in Luxembourg and wider in Europe
  • secondly, to provide information about the conditions of participation of countries in the ESS ERIC consortium (incl. participation in the survey)

The speakers will include the Director and members of the Steering Committee of ESS ERIC as well as researchers.

Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Conference on Data Protection in Social Science Research

Data protection pervades many aspects of life, but it is also of considerable importance for research. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation, which will enter into force in Spring 2018, intends to further strengthen data protection of individuals in the European Union. The regulation has important implications for research, including research in social sciences.

This conference provides a platform for representatives of research institutes in Luxembourg and in Europe to discuss various aspects of data protection, in particular in the light of the new regulation. The event will focus on importance of data for social science research as well as various aspects of accessing data for research, data linkage, and data storage. A case study of conducting surveys in social sciences will be discussed, focusing on the survey life cycle from access to (administrative data) for sampling purposes, through data collection and to data provision to researchers.

The conference will bring together researchers, data practitioners, lawyers, and representatives of the public and private sectors.

Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Call for Papers: Workshop on Labour-Market Economics 2017

This year’s ‘Workshop on Labour-Market Economics’, jointly organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), WU Vienna, JKU Linz, and AK Vienna, will take place at the IHS.
The goal of this workshop is to foster an open and friendly discussion, therefore working papers, manuscripts and even controversial work is welcome.
Authors are invited to submit both abstracts as well as finished papers.

Please submit your paper via e-mail to iris.troppert(at)ihs.ac.at.
Deadline for submissions extended to October 2, 2017.
Selection of contributions will be done by the organizers in October 2017.
Links: Further Information (in German)

Vienna, Austria