Refugee routes: soirée d'information sur le Sri Lanka

Refugee routes: soirée d'information sur le Sri Lanka

Cette soirée "Refugee Routes" aura lieu le 26 novembre prochain à Berne et le 27 novembre à Lausanne et traitera de la situation des réfugiés sri lankais. Ces soirées, organisées par l’OSAR avec le soutien du Pôle de recherche national LIVES, ont pour but de mieux comprendre la situation des réfugiés en Suisse, les raisons qui les ont poussés à l’exil et leurs conditions d’accueil en Suisse. Elles s’adressent à toute personne intéressée, en particulier dans les milieux associatifs et institutionnels.

Les présentations seront dédiés à la situation sri lankaise, où d'anciennes tensions intercommunautaires entre musulmans et bouddhistes sont ravivées suite aux attentats d'avril 2019. 

Du passé historique au présent vécu par les réfugiés

Lors de l'évènement, présenté par Mme Catia Luperto à Lausanne et le Dr. Pascal Maeder à Berne du PRN LIVES, des experts de l'OSAR présenteront le contexte et la situation sécuritaire du pays ainsi que les pratiques des autorités suisses en matière d'asile. Enfin, la parole sera donnée également à une personne migrante originaire du Sri Lanka qui témoignera de son histoire en tant que réfugié·e en Suisse.

Informations pratiques - Lausanne

  • Adresse: Espace Dickens, Avenue Charles Dickens 4, 1006 Lausanne
  • Tarif: 20.- CHF/personne
  • Renseignementsadmincours@osar.ch

>> Inscriptions obligatoires (nombre de places limité).

Praktische Informationen - Bern

  • Ort: 3. Stock, Schweizerische Flüchtlingshilfe SFH, Weyermannsstrasse 10, 3008 Bern 
  • Tarif: 20.- CHF pro Person
  • RenseignementsKursadmin@fluechtlingshilfe.ch

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Extended family relationships: What are they in late modernity?

The European Sociological Association (ESA) Research Network "Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives" (RN13) is inviting submissions to its Interim Meeting 2020 at Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 15th – 17th June, 2020

The conference puts the focus on family relationships. The call to “think relationally “ resonates in numerous influential works in contemporary sociology of the family. Family sociologists have heard the appeal “to go beyond the nuclear family” and have been seeking to explain or understand the relationships within the extended family framework. Empirical research has shown that notwithstanding increased family diversity, highly diversified family patterns, values and practices, the extended family has not completely disappeared. More recently, the life course perspective also emphasized the importance of contextualizing family relationships within their historical and spatial dimensions. 

Submission and venue information

  • Papers and deadline: Empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. Abstracts of max. 800 words outlining (as appropriate) the research question, theoretical approach, data, methodology, and research findings should be submitted via the conference website esarn13.upol.cz by 16 December 2019.
  • Keynote speaker: François de Singly, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Sorbonne University of Paris Descartes, Center for Research on Social Relations (CERLIS). 
  • Local organizer: Dana Sýkorová, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc (dana.sykorova@upol.cz). 
  • Conference emailesarn13.interim2020@gmail.com

Selected papers of the ESA RN13 IM 2020 in Olomouc will have the opportunity to be published in a special issue of the journal Social Inclusion (https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion). 

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Aging in good health: the inequalities are widening

Life expectancy is increasing, but it does not necessarily mean more time in good health. NCCR LIVES researchers affiliated with the University of Geneva have taken an interest in this evolution and have compiled data from the Swiss National Cohort (SNC) with those from the Swiss Health Surveys. The results of their study show that while years of good health are increasing for both men and women, there are differences according to education level, increasing social inequalities. Thus, in 2010, men with a university degree live 8.8 years longer in good health than those with compulsory education, compared to 7.6 years in 1990.

Five researchers from the University of Geneva, four of whom are members of the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: A Life-Course Perspective, crossed data from the Swiss National Cohort (SNC) with data from the Swiss Health Surveys between 1990 and 2015 to determine whether the years gained in life expectancy had added time to health or disease. 

Women continue to live longer than men and have added 3 years to their healthy life expectancy. But in their case, continuing this longitudinal research is all the more important because social codes and their way of life have changed much more than for men. "The gap between women with secondary and tertiary education is indistinguishable here, because our data concern women born in the 1920s and 1930s, when access to higher education was limited and few worked. It would be interesting to repeat this survey in 50 years, now that women are studying and working just as much as men," notes Stéphane Cullati.

Men earn 5 years of life, of which 4.5 years are in good health. But the most important differences are in the levels of training. The example of men who have completed mandatory training is telling. "The gap in healthy years between men with compulsory education and men with tertiary education is 7.6 years in 1990, but 8.8 years in 2010, showing that the gap is widening," explains Adrien Remund, demographer. 

Graphiques: Life expectancy (LE), Healthy life expectancy (HLE), and Years of bad health (YBH) with 95% confidence intervals by education level and sex (Swiss National Cohort and Swiss Health Interview Survey, Switzerland, 1990–2014). 

Researchers

Le pouvoir des émotions

Lien social et Politiques vous invite à consulter son nouvel appel de contributions sur le thème « le pouvoir des émotions ». Ce numéro 86 de la revue sera dirigé par Anne Perriard (Haute école de travail social et de la santé, Lausanne) et Cécile Van de Velde (Université de Montréal).

Les émotions sont au cœur de l’actualité : la colère se manifeste dans des affrontements à Hong Kong et par le rejet de l’Union européenne au Royaume-Uni. Au niveau mondial, l’inquiétude face aux changements climatiques et à la pollution favorise de nouveaux discours et l’émergence de mouvements sociaux transnationaux. En Algérie, l’indignation face à la réélection du président conduit la jeunesse à se réapproprier le politique. Avec le mouvement #MeToo, la prise de parole de quelques femmes a transformé des expériences individuelles et passées sous silence en mouvement collectif.

Dans ce numéro de Lien social et Politiques, nous cherchons à mieux saisir cette dynamique des émotions et les processus par lesquels elles peuvent se transformer en pouvoir social et politique.

Consulter l'intégralité de l'appel 

Délai de soumission : 15 décembre 2019

Conférence - Le projet « Cause commune » : une plateforme d’action et de recherche entre l’UNIL et Chavannes-près-Renens

Conférence - Le projet « Cause commune » : une plateforme d’action et de recherche entre l’UNIL et Chavannes-près-Renens

" Faire société aujourd'hui " : partez à la découverte des enjeux actuels de notre société, en compagnie de plusieurs chercheur·euse·s et de leurs étudiant·e·s. Première rencontre sociologique à l'occasion des 10 ans de l'Institut des sciences sociales.

La plateforme d’action et de recherche Cause Commune vise à développer une démarche participative dans les quartiers de Chavannes-près-Renens. Réunissant des acteurs sur le terrain et des chercheurs, cette plateforme participative entend améliorer, à travers des activités décidées par les habitants, la qualité sociale de la commune. Un dispositif de recherche évaluera d’une part si ces actions ont un effet durable sur les quartiers, ainsi que sur la santé des habitants qui participent ou non à ces activités.

Détails de la conférence

Lieu et horaire

  • Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Amphimax, salle 414
  • Mardi 5 novembre 2019, de 14h00 à 16h00

Conférenciers

  • Alain Plattet, Chef du service de la Cohésion sociale de la Ville de Chavannes-près-Renens
  • Prof. Dario Spini, Professeur ordinaire en psychologie sociale et directeur du Pôle de recherche national LIVES 

Cette conférence s'inscrit dans le cycle de rencontre sociologiques organisé dans le cadre des 10 ans de l'Institut des Sciences Sociales de l'UNIL. (consulter le programme complet

Le projet "Cause Commune" en bref

Cette intervention et la recherche, co-financées par l'Etat de Vaud et la Fondation Leenaards, vise à tester l'impact de l'environnement social sur la santé des habitant·es. Conduite sur quatre ans, elle comportera trois phases:

  1. établir un diagnostic, en étroite collaboration avec les autorités communales et la population.
  2. développer de nouvelles activités sur la base des informations récoltées au sein de la population.
  3. émettre des recommandations, qui pourront également être utiles à d'autres communes et cantons. 

Plus d'informations sur le projet "Cause commune" sont disponibles sur le site de la Ville de Chavannes. 

Rehabilitation before pension? - New LIVES IMPACT issue

Rehabilitation before pension? - New LIVES IMPACT issue

Decrease of the number of pensions, vocational rehabilitation measures and increase of the risk of non-take-up are tackled in this article by Emilie Rosenstein.

The impact of successive revisions, in particular the 4th, 5th and 6th revisions of Swiss Disability Insurance (DI), on insured persons and their access to benefits has, according to our study, led to several paradoxical developments. The expenditure reduction targeted by these three revisions to consolidate the DI budget has been achieved, however, this is primarily due to the tightening of eligibility criteria and the abolition of certain benefits. While assessment procedures of benefit claims have been significantly reduced, our study shows that the reduction in the number of pensions granted by DI is mainly due to an increased rate of refusals. Access to vocational rehabilitation measures have increased, albeit only modestly.

Another paradoxical effect: whereas the revisions targeted in particular the rising rate of young DI recipients, our study shows that their share has not decreased. Conversely, access to benefits has been significantly reduced for older insured people, however, without any significant increase in their access to vocational rehabilitation which is mainly granted to people aged 18 to 35 years.

In addition, our analysis shows the reinforcement of strong inequalities between people requesting DI for somatic and/or psychological reasons, while the number of people whose impairment is not recognised by DI has been increasing.

Lastly, biographical interviews conducted with DI recipients show that the reforms had a disincentivising effect as a result notably of the new DI tools to combat “abuse”, which tend to increase the risk of non-take-up of DI. Finally, there remains the open question about the situation of those who do not take-up their rights to DI and the future of the increasing number of people whose application DI denies.

Read the full version "Rehabilitation before pension? A longitudinal study sheds light on Swiss disability insurance reforms"

Successful call for contributions for the next publication "Innovation and Social Intervention"

A successful call for authors. The publication project "Innovation and Social Intervention", planned for the end of 2020, has attracted a great deal of interest - as evidenced by the large number of proposals.

Launched at the end of June, the call for authors for the publication (in French) "Innovation et intervention sociales : impacts, méthodes et mises en œuvre dans les domaines de la santé et de l’action sociale" received nearly fifty publication intentions. For this still relatively new field of activity, this call marks a turning point. Its success demonstrates the interest of people involved in this research domain and the development of this theme within universities and institutions active in the fields of health and social action, in Switzerland and abroad.

This call accompanies the establishment of the "LIVES social innovation" lab which aims to support the development of concrete solutions to overcome vulnerability and thus addresses the social needs and problems that affect our societies in full transformation. Currently in preparation, the laboratory's activities are scheduled to begin in spring 2020. "LIVES social innovation" is the result of a collaboration between the NCCR LIVES and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), particularly in the fields of social work and health.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Dr. Pascal Maeder, NCCR LIVES Knowledge Transfer Officer and General Secretary of "LIVES Social Innovation": pascal.maeder@hes-so.ch; + (0)79 362 45 17

Trajectories of mental well-being around critical live events: longitudinal analyses based on the SF12-questionnaire

Trajectories of mental well-being around critical live events: longitudinal analyses based on the SF12-questionnaire

Nicolas Sommet and Leen Vandecasteele invite Marco Giesselmann from the University of Zurich in order to give a lecture for the LINES / LIVES conferences "Life course and social inequalities".

Since the beginning of the 2000s, an approved measurement of mental health has been integrated into several large scale, representative longitudinal surveys: the Short Form 12/36 Health Questionnaire (SF12/36). A common indicator derived from this questionnaire is the Mental Component Summary score (MCS). This indicator is particularly relevant for sociology, and specifically suitable for life course related research: the underlying items address mental tensions and stress - typical outcomes of social stigma and role conflict associated with critical life course transitions. Compared with standard measures of well-being and life satisfaction, MCS shows a curbed short-term impact of critical life events on well-being. On the basis of data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study (SOEP), it also appears that MCS is not subject to the baseline effects, but rather captures enduring impacts of life course transitions.

Venue

  • Monday, 21 octobre 2019 - 12:15-13:30
  • University of Lausanne, Géopolis, room 5799

Changes in family composition and their effects on social capital in old age: evidence from a longitudinal study conducted in Switzerland

La Faculté des Sciences de la société de l'Université de Genève propose un programme de conférences: "Les déjeuners sociologiques"

Pour ce "Déjeuner", la doctorante du PRN LIVES Julia Sauter présentera sa recherche "Changes in family composition and their effects on social capital in old age: evidence from a longitudinal study conducted in Switzerland"

Conférence 

  • Date et heure: jeudi 21 novembre 2019, 12h30-14h00
  • Lieu: Uni Mail, salle M4276
  • Conférencière: Julia Sauter PRN LIVES, UNIGE - SdS
  • Discutant: Stéphane Cullati, UNIGE - SdS

Voir le programme complet des Déjeuners sociologiques

De "sans-papier" à "Régularisé·e via l'opération Papyrus": trajectoires individuelles et familiales, projets et aspirations.

La Faculté des Sciences de la société de l'Université de Genève propose un programme de conférences: "Les déjeuners sociologiques"

Pour ce "Déjeuner", la doctorante du PRN LIVES Liala Consoli fera une présentation du projet de recherche étudiant la santé des migrant·es sans papier régularisés par le projet "Papyrus" de l'Etat de Genève. 

Conférence

  • Date et heure: jeudi 17 octobre 2019, 12h30-14h00
  • Lieu: Uni Mail, salle M4276
  • Conférencière: Liala Consoli, PRN LIVES, UNIGE - SdS
  • Discutante: Myrian Carjabal, Haute école de travail social, Fribourg, HES-SO. 

Voir le programme complet des Déjeuners sociologiques

5 à 7 de la FBM - Santé, vulnérabilité et parcours de vie

Les 5 à 7 DE LA FBM - SANTÉ, VULNÉRABILITÉS ET PARCOURS DE VIE

Les enjeux de santé publique seront au coeur de cette conférence, qui unit des chercheurs de la Faculté de Biologie et de Médecine et de la Faculté des Sciences sociales et politiques de l'UNIL.

La Faculté de biologie et de médecine (FBM), en collaboration avec la Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques (SSP) de l’UNIL, vous invite à une soirée de conférences 

ouverte à toutes et à tous. 

Santé, vulnérabilités et parcours de vie

Lundi 11 novembre 2019, 17h-19h
Auditoire César Roux | CHUV | Lausanne

Programme

«Vulnérabilité aux urgences: pour la pratique d’une médecine sociale»
Prof. Patrick Bodenmann, FBM-UNIL et Unisanté

Chef du Département vulnérabilités et médecine sociale

«Le développement du bien-être tout au long de la vie»
Prof. Laura Bernardi, SSP-UNIL
Institut des sciences sociales et Centre de recherche sur les parcours de vie et les vulnérabilités

«Santé, droits et précarité: deux exemples tunisiens
Prof. Irene Maffi, SSP-UNIL
Institut des sciences sociales et Laboratoire d’étude des sciences et des techniques 

«Santé et vulnérabilités: quelques enjeux pour la santé publique» 
Dre Stéfanie Monod, État de Vaud
Directrice de la Direction générale de la santé

Voir le programme complet

Know personal networks to better identify vulnerable people

Know personal networks to better identify vulnerable people

Family solidarity remains at the heart of public policies, despite the "destandardization" of life courses. Indeed, networks of personal relationships have now diversified and rely namely on friends or colleagues. This is shown by the results of the Family tiMes study, which encourages the development of social and family policies that are more grounded in the reality of life trajectories and that would allow for better targeting of at-risk groups.

Individuals' social relationships are built up over transitions in life trajectories, such as parenthood, unemployment or an accident, and the duration of the different stages. In their article, researchers Gaëlle Aeby, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier and Eric D. Widmer show that contemporary life courses are subject to "de-strandardization" due to the uncertainty of the trajectories and reversibility of certain events, such as marriage or the choice of a profession. As a result, individual roles change and modify the structure of personal networks.  

The Family tiMes survey, which includes some 800 people born in the 1950s and 1970s, reveals that the network of "very important" people has an average of 4 members. Based on these data, the three researchers identify seven types of personal networks, four focused on family, and three on friends. The nuclear family (spouse and children) is thus at the centre of the relationships of individuals who have become parents in their twenties. On the other hand, networks that give pride of place to friendly ties are those of people who prefer a conjugal life (without children), who are single or who have experienced a marital breakdown. In these networks, friends play a key role as providers of emotional and material support.

Better identify at-risk groups

In Switzerland, solidarity standards, particularly for childcare, education funding or support for the elderly, are still strongly based on family and individual autonomy. In order to better identify groups at risk, public policies would benefit from targeting critical life events. They could thus adjust to the needs of each individual and take into account the hazards of contemporary family trajectories.

www.socialchangeswitzerland.ch 

Presentation of the OECD report "Employment Outlook"
Presentation of the OECD report "Employment Outlook"

Presentation of the OECD report "Employment Outlook"

In April, the OECD released the 2019 edition of its Employment Outlook report. Invited by Prof. Michele Pellizzari, Dr. Andrea Bassanini provided us with ideas and recommendations to best face the next challenges of the world of work.

Questions are becoming more and more common. Will the robots take our jobs from us? Should we prepare for a future without work? The answer, given by the latest OECD Employment Outlook Report, is clear. No. Moreover, the employment rate is increasing. However, it is certain that many jobs will be changed and transitions will be difficult. The OECD indicates that 14% of jobs could be automated and that 32% will change significantly.

An effect on the quantity and quality of employment

Two major problems are identified that will have a particular impact on young people and people with low levels of education. On the one hand, the jobs created in the coming years will not be of the same quality as those that are disappearing. Thus, specialized manual work tends to be automated. On the other hand, many people who lose their jobs would already like to work at a higher rate today but are unable to do so, indicating a high rate of underemployment. 

Recommendations to ease the transition

On adult training, the OECD encourages employers to train at-risk groups. Social protection can also be improved, in particular by revising the criteria for granting unemployment benefits or evaluating current funding mechanisms. Better regulation of the labour market will reduce the grey area, which includes in particular the "false" self-employed workers who do not enjoy real rights. A new balance of power is needed to facilitate job changes for the greatest number of people. Finally, social dialogue between trade unions and employers must be maintained and encouraged so that common solutions can be discussed about the future of employment. 

OECD infographics

L'avenir du travail - Vue d'ensemble Future of work - Overview 

Les emplois non-standard Non-standard workers

Les compétences Skills

La protection sociale Social protection

La technologie Technology

For more information: Employment Outlook - OECD website

Programme of the 1st "Swiss Internet Intervention Day" - 8th November 2019

Programme of the 1st "Swiss Internet Intervention Day" - 8th November 2019

The first « Swiss Internet Intervention Day » takes place at the University of Lausanne on 8th November 2019, on the theme “Guided and unguided psychological internet interventions : Tailoring programs to the clients’ needs”.

This first edition will bring together researchers from different Swiss universities working with Internet-based intervention methods. They will share their extensive experience in keynote talks about tailoring interventions to specific populations and the therapeutic alliance. The Swiss Internet Intervention Day will offer an opportunity to share and discover the current richness of the work carried out in Switzerland and internationally as well as develop future questions and research directions.

Subscription through this form is required for this event. 

Information and programme are in the following document and on the website of the University of Lausanne

In addition to this event, Prof. Andersson will give a workshop on Saturday 9th November 2019 on "The application of Internet Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in practice" 

Job openings at NCCR LIVES

NCCR LIVES "Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives" offers two postdoctoral Researcher SNSF positions.

The NCCR LIVES aims at better understanding the phenomenon of vulnerability as well as the means to overcome it by adopting longitudinal and comparative approaches. The scope of this research centre is to stimulate interdisciplinary and international scientific publications and exchanges, and particularly to support younger scholars.

For more information about NCCR LIVES, watch our portrait video

Refugee routes: information night about Afghanistan

Refugee routes: information night about Afghanistan

On September 26th, 2019 the NCCR LIVES will stand alongside the Swiss Refugee Council (SRC) for an event offering several presentations about the situation of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers, in order to better understand the context in their country and the procedures that they face in Switzerland.

This event will take place in French. Please look at the French version of this news for further information.

Workshop "Presentation and discussion of the OECD employment outlook 2019"

Workshop "Presentation and discussion of the OECD employment outlook 2019"

The workshop Presentation and discussion of the OECD employment outlook 2019 will be held on 18 September at the Centre médical universitaire (CMU), in Geneva.

The highlight of the workshop is a presentation by Dr. Andrea Bassanini, Senior Economist in the Jobs and Income Division of the Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the OECD. 

Please find below the programme of this event, organized by Prof. Michele Pellizzari from NCCR LIVES, and subscribe via the following Doodle link. 

Appel à candidature du premier prix de master de l’Institut de démographie de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

En hommage à Valeria Solesin, le prix de master, dont le montant s’élève à 1000 euros, est destiné à soutenir un travail original et d’excellente qualité en démographie et sciences de la population

Le. La candidat.e soumettra une synthèse sous forme d’un « quatre pages » dont un jury appréciera les qualités. Le document reprendra tout ou partie du mémoire de recherche de M2. Toutes les thématiques relevant de la démographie et des sciences de la population sont les bienvenues. Le critère d’évaluation est la qualité du quatre pages au regard des attentes du champ scientifique :

  • problématique clairement définie, clarté du propos
  • pertinence de la démarche et des méthodes mobilisées
  • discussion des résultats

La date limite d’envoi des dossiers est le 30 septembre 2019 (23 h au plus tard). Ils sont à adresser par mail aux adresses suivantes : diridup@univ-paris1.fr et virginie.barrusse@univ-paris1.fr

Le jury est composé des personnalités suivantes 

  • Laura Bernardi, professeure, Université de Lausanne
  • Benoît Ceroux, chargé de recherche et d’évaluation à la CNAF
  • Virginie De Luca Barrusse, professeure, directrice de l’IDUP
  • Virginie Dejoux, maîtresse de conférences, Université de Dijon
  • Pauline Hervois, docteure en démographie, IDUP
  • Renaud Orain, maître de conférences à l’IDUP
  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier, directeur de recherche à l’INED
  • Juliette Robin, chargée d’études statistiques à la DREES (service statistique du ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé)

Pour plus d'informations, consulter le fichier ci-dessous.

7th Swiss Festival of Qualitative Methods: "Open data and qualitative research in the social sciences"

7th Swiss Festival of Qualitative Methods: "Open data and qualitative research in the social sciences"

The seventh edition of the "Swiss Festival of Qualitative Methods" will take place on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September 2019 at the University of Lausanne (Géopolis building). The Festival presents recent innovations in the field of qualitative and mixed methods. During this edition, it will highlight the issues and challenges raised by open data in the field of qualitative research, through three thematic workshops and two plenary sessions.

The Festival offers a platform for exchange for researchers in the social sciences and humanities (and especially for doctoral and post-doctoral students) wishing to learn new methods.  It also aims to bring together the qualitative research community active in French-speaking Switzerland and will be conducted mainly in French. More specifically, renowned specialists will be available to discuss the application of methods and theories in various research workshops. Participants who so wish will have the opportunity to address issues as close as possible to their concerns.

Registration deadline: 5 September 2019

For more information about the event, please read the French version of this news or visit the Festival website

"Cause commune" Project - First meeting with the population of Chavannes-près-Renens

"Cause commune" Project - First meeting with the population of Chavannes-près-Renens

On Tuesday 9 July 2019, researchers from the NCCR LIVES, representatives of associations and employees of the City of Chavannes-près-Renens (Vaud) met with the population of the same municipality to discuss the needs of the inhabitants. The objective is to develop activities that improve their social environment and quality of life, focusing on social connection.

Involve residents in the organization of their city. This is the core of the "Cause commune" project, which the LIVES National Centre of Competence in Research "Overcoming Vulnerability: Life-Course Perspectives" is carrying out in collaboration with the City of Chavannes-près-Renens. Indeed, while material security is essential to guarantee a good quality of life, the social environment and the possibility of being an actor of this common space is a determining factor in the mental and physical health of the population. 

Targeting population groups

In order to ensure that community activities meet the real needs of the population, residents actively participate in their definition through focus groups facilitated by representatives of the Social Cohesion Department of the Commune of Chavannes. These meetings are organised by district with local actors (associations, representatives of the authorities, police, etc.). During the first forum, held at the Collège de la Planta, four groups were able to exchange ideas and points of view on activities that could be carried out, as well as on the method used: 

  • children (0-10 years old)
  • young people (11-24 years old)
  • parents
  • seniors (55+)

Many ideas were brought forward and discussed, such as waste management and the creation of a friendly sports centre. The forum was also an opportunity to present the Cause commune approach and the research projects that support it.

The "Cause commune" project in brief

This intervention and research, co-financed by the Etat de Vaud and the Fondation Leenaards, aims to test the impact of the social environment on the health of the inhabitants. Conducted over four years, it will include three phases:

  1. establish a diagnosis, in close collaboration with the municipal authorities and the population.
  2. develop new activities on the basis of information collected from the population.
  3. issue recommendations, which may also be useful to other municipalities and cantons.

More information on the "Cause commune" project is available on the City of Chavannes website. 

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