The NORFACE partners are pleased to announce that Dr. Elina Kilpi-Jakonen of Turku University, Finland has been appointed as Scientific Programme Coordinator for the research programme Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (acronym: DIAL). As Scientific Programme Coordinator she will work over the duration of the programme to bring together researchers within and outside the programme and to increase the networking, capacity building and impact of the programme. Dr. Kilpi-Jakonen will start her work as of the beginning of April 2018.
Dr. Kilpi-Jakonen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Turku University. Her research focuses on social inequalities in education and the labour market, particularly those related to ethnicity, gender and social origin. She works on the ERC-funded INDIRECT-project (Intergenerational Cumulative Disadvantage and Resource Compensation), which examines process of intergenerational social inequality and how lost family resources are compensated by other or other’s resources. Dr. Kilpi-Jakonen is Co-Editor of Social Inequality Across the Generations. The Role of Compensation and Multiplication in Resource Accumulation (Edward Elgar Publishing) and of Adult Learning in Modern Societies: Patterns and Consequences of Participation from a Life-Course Perspective (Edward Elgar Publishing). She has published on the above topics in journals such as British Journal of Sociology, Work, Employment and Society, International Review of Education, and Journal of Ethic and Migration Studies.
Dr. Kilpi-Jakonen is looking forward to start her work as DIAL Scientific Programme Coordinator: ‘I am extremely enthusiastic about the DIAL programme and the opportunities that it will provide for improving the understanding of inequalities across the life-course. I am looking forward to working together with the project teams to promote high quality research from the programme as well as to ensure its visibility both within and outside of academia’.
The Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (DIAL) programme is a transnational research programme that includes 13 innovative projects that address a wide variety of inequality aspects across different life stages. Researchers from Portugal to Finland and from the Czech Republic to Ireland, from a wide variety of disciplines, are working together to address topics ranging from inequality and its consequences in education, child development, health, populism and LBTQ citizens, to employment and working life.
NORFACE is a network of nineteen research funding agencies who organise joint research programmes in the social sciences. Previous programmes have addressed the topics of religion, migration, and the future of the welfare state. Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course is the fourth NORFACE programme. A fifth programme on Transformations to Sustainability has also been launched. The European Commission supports NORFACE through contributions to its programmes and via ERA-NET funding. By bringing together research funders from all corners of Europe, NORFACE promotes the development of innovative thematic research programmes, and by doing so facilitates and builds new networks of research collaboration in the social sciences.