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An exploration of methodological issues in the study of age and ageing
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24 August 2020 - 26 August 2020
Jyväskylä, Finland
Abstract Deadline:
26 April 2020
Organized by the ESA Research Network on Ageing in Europe and the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare).

Overview: We invite PhD students and early-career researchers in sociology, social policy and related disciplines to participate in a multidisciplinary workshop to explore methodological issues in ageing research.

Ageing is one of the most salient and pressing matters facing contemporary societies. Its impacts span from the personal experience of ageing and the negotiation of relationships, to national policy initiatives on the configuration of health and social care services. It is therefore essential that varied and robust research approaches are applied to the understanding of ageing. A multifaceted social scientific research corpus, underpinned by rigorous and reflexive methodological engagement, is a crucial resource that can positively influence the nature of ageing societies.

The workshop: The aim of this workshop is to critically reflect on how different research designs and methods can elucidate the experience and impacts of age and ageing. Among other things, this could include the exploration of the format and nature of informal and formal care in relation to older people. Other potential themes include the social and cultural context of ageing, and contemporary developments such as technology and digitalisation.

The workshop will enable each participant to present their own research approach and its application to the field of ageing. Participants will present on their submitted paper and will receive valuable feedback on their work from their peers, and senior academics. All attendees will thus have extensive opportunity to discuss how they are applying the methodology of their research to the explication of their research topic. Any aspect of research design and methodology can be considered, including data collection, data analysis, ethics, and linking theory and concepts with empirical data.

All types of research strategy can be accommodated at the workshop, whether quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. In addition, applicants are very welcome regardless of their own stage in the PhD journey.

Senior academics will be present at the workshop as tutors, and will also deliver keynote presentations at the workshop. Confirmed keynote speakers are: - Prof Ricca Edmondson, NUI Galway - Prof Chris Gilleard, University College, London - Dr Ruth Bartlett, University of Southampton & VID Specialized University, Oslo

How to apply: Submit an abstract of 300–500 words by the Thursday 16th of April 2020 by email to: The subject should contain: ESA RN01 PHD Workshop_your last name_2020.

Notification of acceptance will be given by the 29th of April. Registration and payment deadline for participants is June 18th 2020. Full papers (4000-5000 words) are to be delivered by the 3rd of August 2020.

Workshop cost: Participation fee: 100€. The members of the European Sociological Association and the RN01 Ageing in Europe pay a reduced fee of 80€. (The fee includes the meals mentioned in the workshop programme for all participants.)

Please note that travel and accommodation are not included in the price of the workshop.

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