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National network for elderly research in social sciences

Research project The National network for elderly research in social sciences is a project which aims to create an arena for Swedish researchers specialised in social gerontology and social perspectives on elderly care.

The network was founded in 2007. Disciplinary developments are made in both research and education thanks to a fruitful co-operation through publication of textbooks and scientific articles as well as participating in public debate. Researchers in the network are closely related to the educational programmes in social work or equivalent educations. Many are lecturers, but also PhD-students, associated professors and professors participate. 50 members representing 18 universities or university collages take part in the network. In the network, research on elderly and ageing as well as formal and informal care for elderly is in progress, with questions connected to the role of the family, next-of-kin and voluntary workers in elderly care. Other questions are related to social policy, citizenship and legal issues in elderly care. Also, organization studies, investigations on learning and leadership are central research areas among researchers in the network. Themes like the third age, empowerment, elderly in sparsely populated areas and disabled elderly people are also on the agenda as well as perspectives on class, gender and ethnicity.

Head of project

Stina Johansson
Professor emerita

Project overview

Project period:

2009-07-01 2014-12-31


Finansår , 2009, 2010, 2011

huvudman: Stina Johansson, finansiar: FAS, y2009: 50, y2010: 100, y2011: 100,

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research area

Social work

Project description

Two separate meetings a year are arranged and the responsibility rotates between the 18 universities or university colleges. The local research teams at that moment make a presentation of their research in progress and other issues of common interest. The Department of Social Work at Umeå University is responsible for the administration of the network.
Latest update: 2018-06-20