With 18 million euro from the research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course” (DIAL), NORFACE will fund thirteen transnational research projects that will start in 2017/2018. The thirteen teams with 56 principal investigators will be researching topics ranging from inequality and its consequences in education, child development, health, populism and LBTQ citizens, to employment and working life. In these projects, researchers from a wide variety of disciplines are working together across Europe, from Portugal to Finland and the Czech Republic to Ireland, and will look beyond Europe too.
Transnational and interdisciplinary research to face the future
NORFACE, an European research network for the social sciences, developed the research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course”. Its goal is to ask, and answer, fundamental questions about the dynamics of inequality across different life stages, across different dimensions of inequality, and across different dimensions of identity – and to identify opportunities to reduce them. The thirteen transnational projects will approach this relevant theme from a variety of perspectives and scientific disciplines. The aim of the transnational and interdisciplinary projects is to produce theoretically and methodologically innovative research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course, and results that will have an outreach to practitioners and policymakers and will have an impact across Europe on policy development targeted at reducing inequalities.
Research programme NORFACE “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course
Existing and rising inequalities pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies. The increasing gulf between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises, is a key concern. The sources of inequalities in contemporary societies are complex and highly intertwined and they and their consequences can only be understood through comprehensive and innovative research activities. The NORFACE programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course” focuses on understanding the dynamics of inequalities as they unfold over the life course. The aim is also to analyse causal processes and drivers in relation to these inequalities, the impact of these inequalities on social cohesion, and the identification of opportunities for policy intervention to increase possibilities for social mobility and to reduce inequalities. The programme is funded by the 19 NORFACE partners, the Swedish Council Forte and the European commission.
Overview of the funded projects:
CILIA – LGBTQ: Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ Citizens in Four European Countries – Dr. A.D.H. King, University of Surrey, Dr A.C. Santos, University of Coimbra, Prof. M.D.M. Castro Varela, Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences and Prof. Y. Taylor, University of Strathclyde
CRITEVENTS: Critical Life Events and the Dynamics of Inequality: Risk, Vulnerability, and Cumulative Disadvantage – Dr T. Leopold, University of Amsterdam, Dr C. Monden, University of Oxford, Dr J. Härkönen, Stockholm University and Prof. D. Oesch, University of Lausanne
DAISIE: Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment – Prof. N. Le Feuvre, University of Lausanne, Prof. W. Loretto, University of Edinburgh, Prof. S.A. Vickerstaff, University of Kent, Dr. Alena Krizkova, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prof. C. Krekula, University of Karlstad and Dr A. Ni Léime, National University of Ireland, Galway
EQUALLIVES: Inequality, early adult life courses and economic outcomes at mid-life in comparative context – Prof. S. Harkness, University of Bath, Prof. J.P. Erola, University of Turku, Prof. A.E. Fasang, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr T. Leopold, University of Amsterdam and Prof. M.M. Jaeger, University of Copenhagen
GEIGHEI: Gene-Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Education Inequalities – Dr J.L.W. van Kippersluis, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dr P. Biroli, Universität Zürich and Dr S. Von Hinke, University of Bristol
GUODLCCI: Growing up Unequal? The Origins, Dynamics and Lifecycle Consequences of Childhood Inequalities – Prof. K.G. Salvanes, Norwegian School of Economics, Prof. M. Gurgand, Paris School of Economics and Dr G. Conti, Institute for Fiscal Studies
HuCIAW: Human capital and inequality during adolescence and working life – Prof. Sir R. Blundell, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Prof. A. Vignoles, University of Cambridge, Prof. K.G. Salvanes, Norwegian School of Economics, and Prof. E. Maurin, Paris School of Economics
IMCHILD: The impact of childhood circumstances on individual outcomes over the life-course – Prof. A. Peichl, The Centre for European Economic Research, Prof. A. Trannoy, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Prof. D. Waldenström, Uppsala University and Prof. A. Lefranc, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
LIFETRACK: Life Course Dynamics of Educational Tracking – Prof. S. Schindler, University of Bamberg, Prof. J.P. Erola, University of Turku, Prof. C. Kleinert, Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsverläufe, Prof. K.B. Karlson, University of Copenhagen, Prof. C. Barone, Sciences Po, Dr V. Boliver, University of Durham and Prof. D. Reimer, Aarhus University
PII: Populism, Inequality and Institutions – Prof. D.W. Soskice, London School of Economics, Prof. A.C.T. Björklund, Stockholm University, Prof. U. Schoenberg, University College Londen and Dr H. Finseraas, Institute for Social Research
PremLife: Life Course Dynamics after Preterm Birth – Protective Factors for Social and Educational Transitions, Health, and Prosperity – Dr S. Lemola, University of Warwick, Prof. K. Räikkönen, University of Helsinki, Prof. D.D. Schnitzlein, Arbeitsökonomik and Dr E. Kajantie National Institute for Health and Welfare
SEED: Social InEquality and its Effects on child Development: A study of birth cohorts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands – Prof. J.C. Law, Newcastle University, Dr M. Franken, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dr J. von Maurice, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories and Prof. S. Weinert, Universität Bamberg
TRISP: Trends in Inequality: Sources and Policy – Prof. A. Ludwig, Goethe University Frankfurt, Prof. M. De Nardi, University College London, Prof. P. Krusell, Stockholm University and Dr G. Fella, University of London
NORFACE (New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe) is a network of 19 national organisations in Europe that fund academic research in the social sciences. Since its inception in 2004, NORFACE has organised four transnational research programmes. The first, “Re-emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe?”, was a 5,4 M€ programme that ran from 2006 to 2009. The second programme, “Migration in Europe – Social, Economic, Cultural and policy Dynamics”, for 29 M€, was launched in 2009 and was completed in the summer of 2014. The third programme, “Welfare State Futures” was a 18 M€ programme that was launched in 2013 and will end in 2018. Next to large transnational research programmes, NORFACE promotes cooperation through seminar series, workshops and knowledge exchange activities. NORFACE has received support from the European Commission since 2004, in ERA-NETs and ERA-NET Plus.