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Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes (DIAL)

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724363

Existing and rising inequalities pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies. The increasing gap between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises, is a key concern. The NORFACE transnational research programme on “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes” focuses on the complex and highly intertwined sources of inequalities in contemporary societies, and their consequences.

“Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes” (acronym: DIAL) is the fourth major transnational research programme of NORFACE. The European Commission is providing top-up funding via an ERA-NET Cofund grant to this joint research programme.

The DIAL programme (2016-2021) has three major objectives:

  • To advance globally excellent theoretical and methodological research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course which may be multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and comparative, and which builds synergistically on a pan-European basis;
  • To motivate and support excellence and capacity building for research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course on a cross-national basis throughout the NORFACE countries;
  • To develop understanding and promote research-based knowledge and insight into dynamics of inequality across the life-course for issues of societal, practical and policy relevance, with theoretical foundations but worked on jointly with relevant users and experts.

After a joint Call with a two-stage assessment procedure of 170 Outline Proposals and 49 eligible Full Proposals, 13 projects were funded. These projects started their work 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.