The NORFACE transnational research programme ‘Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes’ (DIAL) will hold a final conference on 21st and 22nd of October 2021, in Brussels. DIAL started in 2017, with thirteen interdisciplinary and international research projects focusing on the complex and highly intertwined sources of inequalities in contemporary societies, and their consequences. The set-up of the programme was inspired by the persuasion that existing and rising inequalities, the increasing gap between rich and poor, pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies.
The conference includes the following keynote speakers: Anna Matysiak (University of Warsaw), David Bell, (University of Stirlin) and Andriana Sukova (Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).
Subsequently, researchers from the DIAL projects will present findings of their research projects. DIAL research addressed a broad range of topics, like inequalities related to work(ing) life, education, life course, childhood and youth development, health, and combinations of these topics. In the projects, researchers from a wide variety of disciplines worked together across Europe, from Portugal to Finland and the Czech Republic to Ireland, and looked beyond Europe, too.
In 2019 and 2020 two podcast series were recorded presenting researchers within DIAL projects. These podcast series highlight a number of relevant questions that illustrate the width of the DIAL programme: exploring, for example, the links between job loss and divorce, the influence of birth rank and later-life outcomes, and many more topics ranging from baby’s sleep-patterns to inequality impacting the lives of young adults.
DIAL is one out of seven transnational research programs within NORFACE.