RN01 - Ageing in Europe
Based in sociology but with a dedicated interest in interdisciplinary co-operation, the “Ageing in Europe” Network (RN01) aims to facilitate international contacts and collaboration among those with research interests in ageing and to provide them with up-to-date information
Ageing is an area of intense interest to sociologists and social policy researchers, stimulated not least by awareness of the rising proportion of older people, projected costs of pensions and care, retirement ages, the ‘vertical’ growth of families, changing patterns of consumption and of lifestyles. Societies have responded in differing ways, making ageing and intergenerational relations an exciting and important area of research and debate. It is crucial to recognise, however, that ageing is not a uniform process and that population ageing exacerbates old and creates new social inequalities within and between European countries. Hence, international and interdisciplinary exchanges are fundamental for the advancement of our knowledge of ageing societies.
The “Ageing in Europe” Research Network – founded in 2001 – aims to facilitate international contacts and collaboration among those with research interests in ageing and to provide them with up-to-date information. To reach these goals, the Research Network has frequently organized highly successful paper sessions in conjunction with the European Sociological Association’s conferences. Furthermore, we organize midterm conferences in between the ESA meetings as well as PhD workshops, edit a newsletter, and maintain an email list. Most of our members are sociologists. However, we also have members who work in, for example, social policy or psychology.
E-mail address: Coordinator: Edward Tolhurst - e.tolhurst [at] staffs.ac.uk