10th International Conference "Swiss Household Panel" in Lausanne

10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland, Lausanne

The special anniversary edition of the 10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland: "20 Years of the Swiss Household Panel", includes plenary sessions (keynote speakers to be announced), thematic sessions and a poster session. Registration is now open.

The thematic sessions cover a variety of topics, such as health and well-being, education and labour market, socio-economic inequality and mobility, families, gender, transitions and life course, ethnic minorities and migration, politics and attitudes, survey methodology, and longitudinal methods.

  • Location: Géopolis, UNIL, Lausanne.
  • Registration End Date: Jun 1, 2019,12:00 am

>> Pricing, regristration and further informations

Dominique Joye @fors/unil

Dominique Joye a marqué le développement des sciences sociales à l'UNIL

C'est ce jeudi que le Professeur Dominique Joye, retraité depuis fin août 2018, a donné sa leçon d'honneur à l'Université de Lausanne. L'occasion d'un bref rappel de l'important rôle qu'il a joué tant au sein de LIVIA et de FORS, qu'au sein de notre Pôle de recherche LIVES et dans le développement des sciences sociales à l’Université de Lausanne.

Fin août 2018, lorsque le Prof. Dominique Joye avait pris sa retraite*, Eléonore Lépinard, Caroline Roberts, Guy Elcherot et Dario Spini avaient résumé le parcours et les apports de ce chercheur au cours des douze années passées alors à l'Université de Lausanne. Notamment en rappellant que "Dominique Joye y a été successivement professeur associé, puis professeur ordinaire à l’Institut des sciences sociales. Son travail a profondément marqué le développement des sciences sociales à l’Université de Lausanne, et celui de l'ISS."

Dès 2008, il avait joué un rôle prépondérant dans l’accueil du centre national FORS au sein de l’Unil et dans la création du Centre MISC (pour Méthodes, Inégalités et Changement Social), en accord parfait avec ses préoccupations en matière de recherche: la volonté de toujours lier les questions méthodologiques, qui soulèvent des défis parfois très techniques, aux enjeux sociétaux liés au pouvoir et aux inégalités. 

De PAVIE au PRN LIVES

Quatre ans plus tard, Dominique Joye a fortement contribué à la fusion harmonieuse entre MISC et le laboratoire PAVIE, pour la création du Centre de recherche sur les parcours de vie et les inégalités, LINES. "Directeur de l’ISS puis, Vice-Doyen à la recherche de la Faculté des SSP, il s’est investi à tous les échelons pour le développement des sciences sociales au sein de notre Faculté, et leur rayonnement bien au-delà." Et c'est suite à l’arrivée de FORS à Lausanne, que le chercheur a pu développer et approfondir une série de recherches sur les inégalités en Suisse dans une perspective temporelle, encore accentuée par sa participation au PRN LIVES, établi en 2011. Dans ce cadre il a notamment dirigé l’IP14.

Hommage à un collègue attentif

Le message d'août dernier reste bien sûr valable, dont le vibrant hommage à celui que nous connaissons comme un "collègue attentif, engagé et enthousiaste", qui "a supervisé de nombreuses thèses de doctorat et accompagné de nombreux chercheurs et chercheuses post-doctoraux dans leurs débuts de carrière. Toujours ouvert et positif, il a agi, aussi bien comme directeur que comme mentor, pour soutenir le développement professionnel et encourager le potentiel de nombreux jeunes collègues qui se souviennent de ses innombrables conseils, de son goût pour la nuance, de sa méfiance pour les solutions simples et de ses encouragements constants à changer de point de vue quand les phénomènes semblent trop évidents. Plein d’énergie, grand voyageur, il a marqué ses collaborateurs et collaboratrices par son énergie et son don d’ubiquité, souvent dans plusieurs pays ou plusieurs réunions presque en même temps."

Tous les membres du PRN LIVES lui souhaitent une belle et longue retraite!

*Source: Dominique Joye nommé professeur honoraire de la Faculté des SSP (unil.ch)
>> Voir la leçon d'honneur (©Unil)

 

SOLIDARITIES graduate student conference

Questions of how solidarity forms—and why and when it sticks—have been foundational to the social sciences: early scholars were attentive to social cohesion and class unity; more recently, notions of solidarity have been conceptualized in relation to performative assemblies of social movements and networks of collective action. We invite paper contributions from across disciplines as well as multi-modal presentations (performance, poetry, video, sonic ethnography, or demonstration), which explore the complex engagements with solidarity that emerge from—and respond to—anthropology’s history, methods, and modes of analysis.

Keynote

Mythri Jegathesan is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University (SCU). Since 2008, she has conducted ethnographic projects on labor aspiration and postwar agro-economic transitions and with members of the Working Women's Front, the first women-led trade union to organize women workers across formal and informal sectors in Sri Lanka. Dr. Jegathesan has published in Anthropological Quarterly, Dialectical Anthropology, and SAMAJ: South Asia Multidisciplinary Journal. Her first monograph, Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Postwar Sri Lanka, is part of the Decolonizing Feminisms series of University of Washington Press. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Individual Presentation SubmissionsPlease submit a concise abstract (max. 300 words) along with a brief bio (presenter’s name, program, year of study, research focus, and contact information) to jhuanthrogradconference@gmail.com by July 15, 2019. For multi-modal presentations, please indicate any equipment requirements. 
  • Panel Submissions: Please submit a concise panel abstract along with three to four individual paper abstracts (max. 300 words) to jhuanthrogradconference@gmail.com by July 15, 2019. 
  • The conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2019 at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. We encourage submissions from graduate students across disciplines as well as artists and practitioners. Submission of full papers is required no later than two weeks prior to the start of the conference. 

Le non-recours à l'aide sociale

Un nombre important de personnes qui pourraient bénéficier de lʹaide sociale ne réclament rien. Le non-recours à ces aides peut être dû à un manque dʹinformation ou au parcours administratif difficile pour les obtenir. Mais certaines personnes ne souhaitent tout simplement pas avoir recours à une assistance.

En Suisse, de nombreuses ont droit à des prestations sociales, mais n'en font pas la demande. Frédérique Leresche, chargée de recherche à lʹécole dʹétudes sociales et pédagogique et doctorante du PRN LIVES analyse les raisons qui poussent ces gens à refuser lʹaide proposée. Elle s'est exprimée en mai au micro de l'émission radio Tribu de la RTS-La 1ère

Division of Labour within Families in Europe: The Role of Gender Regimes and Other Socio-Cultural Factors

The concept of work-life conflict has attracted increasing attention from scholars during the last decades. This can be explained by the profound global changes in family lives and family organisation since the 1970s. The main aim of this thematic issue is to examine the relationship of gender norms and other socio-cultural factors with the perceived work-life conflicts among men and women across European countries with different welfare regimes.

Europe is an interesting case as European countries experienced very different trajectories regarding these changes. North-Western European countries saw a substantial increase in female labour force participation: women's work patterns changed (and still do) as women do not tend to withdraw anymore from the labour market after marriage or motherhood but remain employed until retirement. While in the Nordic countries some institutional reforms started to decrease women's burdens, elsewhere, including in Southern Europe, where female labour force participation started to increase later, i.e., in the 1990s, women's additional commitment to work was not complemented with the development of the necessary structures to support family-related work. At the same time Central-Eastern European post-socialist countries experienced a substantial decline in female labour force participation throughout the 1990s because of the economic restructuring from state-socialist full-employment to market economies. This transition also brought a rise in work pressure and cuts in welfare services, leaving more burden of care on the families.

Although there is much research on work-life conflict, we still know very little about how micro- and macro-level variables influence work-life conflict across and within European countries. Comparative research that attempts to explain country-differences in work-life conflict is still scarce, and the existing studies show puzzling results, when for instance high levels of work-family conflict are reported for countries known for generous work-family policies. These suggest that work-life conflict issues should be examined from a broader perspective: socio-cultural and economic factors such as gender norms and national policies might modify or interact with the relationship between working conditions and work-life conflict.

The main aim of this thematic issue is to examine the relationship of gender norms and other socio-cultural factors with the perceived work-life conflicts among men and women across European countries with different welfare regimes. 

Editor(s)

Michael Ochsner (FORS Lausanne, Switzerland / ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Ivett Szalma (MTA TK—Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary) and Judit Takács (MTA TK—Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)

Information

Instructions for Authors

Authors interested in submitting a paper for this issue are asked to consult the journal’s instructions for authors and send their abstracts (about 250 words, with a tentative title and reference to the thematic issue) by email to the Editorial Office: si@cogitatiopress.com.

Open Access

The journal has an article publication fee to cover its costs and guarantee that the article can be accessed free of charge by any reader, anywhere in the world, regardless of affiliation. We defend that authors should not have to personally pay this fee and advise them to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication fees. Institutions can also join Cogitatio’s Membership Program at a very affordable rate and enable all affiliated authors to publish without incurring any fees.

Social Innovation and Intervention: Impact, Methods and Implementation in the Healthcare and Social Sectors (publication project)

Social innovation is a relatively recent reference which has gradually been defined as an alternative to technological innovation. It marks the rejection of economic growth as the sole perspective for development. For proposals, we call on all authors in the field of social and healthcare interventions who are dealing with questions related to social innovation and are keen to share their knowledge and experience, particularly within the context of Switzerland (but not only).

We are considering three types of contributions:

  • “Long” texts with a maximum of 40,000 characters (including empty spaces & excluding the bibliography) seeking to explore a question / theme in detail;
  • “Concise” texts with a maximum of 20,000 characters (including empty spaces & excluding the bibliography) allowing, for example, for the description and analysis of a specific social innovation project or measure.
  • “Short contributions” such as, for example, personal accounts, widening the standard scope of academic publications using illustrative insets and thus open the project to other forms of expression. These insets may consist of 2500 to 3500 characters (including spaces) or fill one page.

 We invite all interested authors to submit proposals as follows:

  • title
  • 4-5 keywords
  • proposed form of contribution (“long”, “concise” or “short”)
  • topic of the contribution with the questions addressed and the link to one of the above-mentioned dimensions and, if applicable, brief description of empirical data (method of analysis, results) and 3 to 4 bibliographical references (maximum 1800 characters including empty spaces)
  • a short biography of the author(s)

Please signal your interest to make a contribution by July 15, 2019, writing to pascal.maeder@hes-so.ch. Proposals may be sent to the same address until September 15, 2019. 

La fabrique des parents - devenir et être parent en fonction des contextes géographiques, historiques et culturels

L'objectif de cette journée est d'étudier la parentalité sous toutes ses formes, à travers trois questions principales : quelles sont les modalités d’entrée et d’exercice de la parentalité, en fonction des contextes sociaux, économiques, politiques, légaux, historiques, géographiques ou de la trajectoire propre du parent ? Comment évolue la parentalité en fonction de l’âge de l’enfant ? Comment les normes de parentalité (“bonne” ou “mauvaise” manière d’être parent, déclinaison de la parentalité en fonction du sexe du parent) influencent son exercice ? Cet appel est ouvert à toutes les disciplines de sciences humaines : histoire, sociologie, anthropologie, droit, géographie, démographie, etc.

Les propositions de communication (4000 signes maximum espaces compris, titre, résumé de 400 signes maximum et principales références bibliographiques) devront être envoyées le 2 septembre 2019 au plus tard, par courriel à l’adresse : reppama.contact@gmail.com.

Les résultats de la sélection seront communiqués le 4 novembre 2019.

 

Vulnerability of lone parents: social policy support makes all the difference
Dr. Ornella Larenza

Vulnerability of lone parents: social policy support makes all the difference

In her thesis entitled "Social policy shaping the life-course: A study on lone parents' vulnerability", Dr Ornella Larenza demonstrates that access to social policies is vital to prevent lone parents from finding themselves in situations of vulnerability.

Lone parents often experience a deterioration in their health, as well as their financial situation. Observing this reality, Dr Ornella Larenza devoted her thesis – which she successfully presented on 3 May 2019 – to studying the growing diversity of lone parents. She also investigated how social policies can play a part in increasing their vulnerability throughout their life course.

The impact of unpaid child maintenance on other aspects of life

Dr Larenza concentrated her research on two specific areas of social policy: payment of child maintenance, and receipt of state welfare benefits.

With regard to the first of these, she showed that the legal framework governing the execution of child support obligations is only of limited assistance to mothers confronted with breaches of parental obligations towards their children. Furthermore, not all mothers react to such breaches, since they are placed in a moral dilemma with regard to the other parent and that person's relationship with the children. Some mothers ultimately adapt to total non-compliance by the other parent by changing their career path, which has repercussions for other areas of their lives. For example, some mothers increase their working hours, but this compels them to take time away from their children and give up the relationship with them that they truly wish for.

With regard to the second, the researcher illustrated how lone parents respond when faced with difficulties accessing state benefits (e.g. by seeking alternative sources of financial support from friends and family, by fighting the authorities which prevent them from receiving benefits, or by adapting their life course to the conditions imposed on access to benefits) and how these circumstances may not only affect their financial situation, but also bring about a more complex set of changes in several areas of their lives, including consequences for their relationship with their partner and their role as a parent.

A combination of analytical methods to achieve a global perspective on the life course

On behalf of the panel*, Prof. Eva Green, Vice-Dean at the University of Lausanne, also congratulated Ms Larenza for her "innovative approach which cuts across different domains of social policy, and for the rigour of the study's qualitative longitudinal analysis".

Dr Larenza conducted a case study combining cross-sectional (synchronic) and longitudinal (diachronic) qualitative analyses. This study allowed her to show that the vulnerability of lone parents is a process, and that the way it develops depends simultaneously on the ingredients it contains (stress factors and resources available to the individual) and how these are arranged over time. Therefore, it is not merely necessary to consider negative consequences, but also to take into account a more complex dynamic between stress factors and resources.

Social policies may play a part in this vulnerability process as ingredients helping to form complex constellations of problems. In particular, they may take on the role of stress factors where a lone parent finds the support structure is absent or hard to access, or that support is inadequate. They may in the end shape the vulnerability process for lone parents, and generate repercussions in several areas of their lives and over the course of time.

Finally, the study shows that the degree of agency (capacity to react) of lone parents experiencing vulnerability reflects the configuration of the ingredients in the process, and that this agency may be significantly oriented by their relationships with important people such as their children, former partner and family of origin. This capacity to react particularly depends on the parent's ability to access resources and to mobilise these in order to overcome stress factors.

* Members of the panel: Prof. Eva Green, Vice-Dean (Chair); Prof. Laura Bernardi, Institute of Social Sciences (thesis supervisor); Ms Claire Bidart, Research Director at the University of Aix-Marseille CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research); Prof. Giuliano Bonoli, IDHEAP (Graduate School of Public Administration); Prof. Jane Millar, University of Bath.

The 6th International REIACTIS Conference

The 6th International REIACTIS Conference is organised by REIACTIS and the University of Lorraine.

In 2002, the United Nations (UN) adopted the slogan “Towards a society for all ages.” Almost 20 years later, and more than 70 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the attainment of an inclusive society is still a distant dream. 

REIACTIS invites researchers in the humanities and social sciences, as well as policymakers and ordinary citizens, to meet on our international stage at Metz in order to imagine and debate what inclusive societies in an ageing world might look like. 

To tackle these issues, the international conference proposes to focus on general conceptual contexts and three main themes. Proposals should select one of the following four options, although you are free to propose something different. 

  • Inclusive society: cross-cutting concepts and theoretical issues 
  • Theme 1: Inclusion and the life course 
  • Theme 2: Inclusive society and environmental perspectives 
  • Theme 3: Inclusive society, citizenship and social participation 

Key information

  • The international conference is organized by REIACTIS and Lorraine University together with scientific networks and societies: CR6 of the International Association of Francophone Sociology, the RT7 of the French Association of Sociology (AF7), and the French Institute on Longevity of Ageing (ILVV). 

  • Proposals for papers are to be submitted on the REIACTIS website dedicated to the conference (www.reiactis.com) between 22 April and 6 July 2019. 
  • Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 5,000 characters, including spaces. 
  • Proposals for the roundtable (3 to 4 speakers at most) should be no longer than 4,000 characters each, including spaces, and a summary of 2,000 characters, including spaces. 
  • Proposals for a poster should be no longer than 5,000 characters, including spaces. 
  • Assessment of proposals by the International Scientific Committee and responses to authors will be completed by 20 July 2019. 
  • A pre-programme of the conference will be available around 20 July 2019. 
  • Contact: contact@reiactis.com

OFFRE D'EMPLOI - Postdoc ou un.e assistant.e en Méthodologie et Analyse de données en Psychologie,

Mise au concours d'une offre pour un postdoc ou un.e assistant.e en Méthodologie et Analyse de données en Psychologie, avec le prof. Paolo Ghisletta

Encadrement des Travaux dirigés des cours de Méthodologie et analyse de données du Bachelor et du Master en Psychologie. Participation au service de consultation en Méthodologie et analyse de données et à l’encadrement d’étudiants.  

Information

  • Entrée en fonction: 01.09.2019
  • Taux de travail: 100% (assistant) or 80% (postdoc)
  • Lieu de travail: Université de Genève
  • Délai de candidature: 31 mai 2019

JOB OFFER - Doctoral Student in the field of career research and life course studies

NCCR LIVES invites applications for a 4-year position as doctoral student in the field of career research and life course studies, under the supervision of Prof. Felix Bühlmann.

As a doctoral student in the IP 7 on “Career paths” the successful candidate will be able to formulate his or her own PhD project based on a combined panel and calendar data study on careers. The thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Felix Bühlmann and Prof. Jonas Masdonati is expected to focus on how life events shape occupational trajectories. The tasks include conducting a calendar based questionnaire study, building a coherent theoretical framework, developing adequate research questions, analyzing the data, and publishing results.

The thesis will provide valuable answers to relevant questions in our current societies, such as: what types of life and career paths characterize workers today? Have career trajectories become more insecure? What impacts do unstable trajectories have on career adaptability, on feelings of occupational security or on subjective well-being? How do life events shape workers’ career trajectories?

Job information

  • Starting date: 01.09.2019
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 3 years, with a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis
  • Annual gross salary: CHF 47’040.- (first year)
  • Application deadline: 31 May 2019

More information and applications on the UNIL Career portal. 

JOB OFFER - Doctoral Student SNSF in Quantitative Social Research

NCCR LIVES invites applications for a 4-year position as doctoral student SNSF in Quantitative Social Research under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Oesch.

The doctoral student will be able to write a PhD within a new project that revisits a large sample of displaced industrial workers 10-12 years after they lost their job in Switzerland. These workers were surveyed a first time in 2011, 2-3 years after their firms closed down, and will be surveyed a second time in 2020 to provide insight into the long-term consequences that plant closure and mass displacement have on people’s lives.

The doctoral student will be able to participate in the development of the questionnaire and the fielding of the survey. He or she can then fully use these data to write his or her PhD thesis on topics such as unemployment scarring, job loss and family trajectories, job mobility and career trajectories, or some other aspect of life course sociology. There is much scope for innovation and new ideas, be it in terms of data collection (life calendars, in-depth interviews), methods or topics.

Job information

  • Starting date: 01.09.2019
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 3 years, with a maximum duration of 4 years.
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis
  • Annual gross salary: CHF 47’040.- (first year)
  • Application deadline: 2 June 2019

More information and applications on the UNIL Career portal

JOB OFFER - Post-Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research at 70%

LIVES offers a position as Post-Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research

The candidate will benefit from continuous interaction with colleagues to diversify and increase his/her scientific experiences. The scope of the Centre is interdisciplinary and stimulates international scientific publications and exchanges (www.lives-nccr.ch).

Your responsibilities

The successful applicant will study the local context in which adverse life events are experienced, establishing whether and why specific neighbourhood and community economic factors cushion or worsen the negative effects of adverse events on people’s socio-economic trajectories. The general aim of this project is to investigate what networks people mobilize in times of hardship in their kinship and immediate environment, and how these interact with the socio-economic resources lodged within them.

Specific research questions will address:

  • The social and psychological consequences of local income inequality
  • Social factors and resources that enable individuals to overcome economic vulnerability
  • Trajectories people experience after coping with economic disadvantage

To answer this kind of research questions, the successful applicant will use data from socio-economic panels (e.g., the Swiss Household Panel), together with local economic indicators from statistical offices and public administrations (e.g. the Federal Statistical Office). The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the research team and his/her task will cover all aspects of the research process, including data preparation, statistical modelling, writing articles, and presenting at international conferences.

Job information

  • Starting date: 01.09.2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 2 years, with a maximum duration of 3 years.
  • Employment rate: 70%
  • Workplace: Lausanne Mouline, Géopolis
  • Annual salary: CHF 57’7790 (first year)
  • Application deadline: 26th May 2019
  • Interview will take place on 21st June 2019 

See job description (in French). Only applications through this website will be considered

What the position offers you

  • A position in a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment
  • Involvement in the project “Meso-level and policy mechanisms of vulnerability” of the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES.
  • Participation in international congresses and collaboration on high-quality international publications.
  • The opportunity to take part in LIVES activities and research training

Contact for further information

Your application should include:

  1. Motivation letter,
  2. CV, listing the names of two referees,
  3. A piece of academic writing (research article, working paper)

UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates.

PhD- and Post-Doctoral Positions at the University of Lausanne

Applications are open for a doctoral student and a postdoctoral researcher who will participate in a 4-year project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation: “Coupled Inequalities. Trends and Welfare State Differences in the Role of Partner’s Socio-Economic Resources for Employment Careers”

For more information and information on how to apply, see:

Doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research (job description)

  • Starting date: 01.10.2019
  • Duration of contract: 1 year, renewable contract for 3 years with a full duration of 4 years.
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Social Research (job description)

  • Starting date: 01.10.2019 or thereafter
  • Duration of contract: 2 years, possibly extended for 1 year on a related project
  • Employment rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne, Géopolis
  • Salary: 82'558 CHF in the first year

 

Project description: http://people.unil.ch/leenvandecasteele/projects/coineq/

The application deadline is 1 May 2019 through the UNIL career portal

Project aims

Understanding the way in which people’s labour market outcomes are influenced by their household members has become indispensable and timely against the background of social developments like the rise of female employment and inequality between families. The aim of this project is to investigate how the socio-economic status of both partners in a couple shapes household employment patterns over the life course, in different countries and over generations. Previous research has examined the role of partner effects, but studies explicitly addressing the time trends and country context of partner effects are rare. Partner effects may be stronger/weaker in certain countries, after different life events and will have changed in their magnitude over generations. In order to formulate testable hypotheses, theories of the welfare state are used, next to theories of social stratification and cumulative (dis)advantage as well as theories of the division of labour within families and social capital transmission. Hypotheses are tested about how specific characteristics of the labour market and family policy influence the way in which the socio-economic position of the partner plays a role. The research is based on longitudinal analyses of the European Survey of Income and Living Conditions data, the British Household Panel Survey, the German Socio-Economic Panel and the Swiss Household Panel.

Conférence publique - Vivre jusqu'à 100 ans: quels enjeux? - 1
Conférence publique - Vivre jusqu'à 100 ans: quels enjeux? - 2
Conférence publique - Vivre jusqu'à 100 ans: quels enjeux? - 3

ICC 2019 - Public conference (in French) - Vivre jusqu'à 100 ans: quels enjeux?

The number of centenarians increases more and more in Switzerland. In order to better understand the challenges of this population, many researchers investigate medical, psychological and social issues related to old age.

As part of the International Centenarian Consortium (ICC 2019), which takes place in Switzerland this year, the University of Lausanne organises a public event and will present the last research results about the personal, family and social challenges which could affect us all, in one way or another. 

Venue

Tuesday 28th May 2019, from 18.30 to 20.00
University of Lausanne, Synathlon Building, room 1216 (see plan)
The conference will be followed by a cocktail. 

Registration

Free entrance – Number of seats limited to 150
Compulsory registration, until 17 May 2019 through this form

This event will take place in French. Please read the French version of this news for more information. 

Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2019 -  The Future of Work (capture site)

DAISIE Workshop ‘Extending Working Lives: Policies, Practices and Social Implications for Older Workers’ - Congress of the SSA 2019, Neuchâtel

Call for Abstracts for the Workshop organised by the DAISIE team on ‘Extending Working Lives: Policies, Practices and Social Implications for Older Workers’ at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2019, Neuchâtel, 10-12 September.

In most Western societies, it has become widely accepted that the combination of demographic ageing and pressure to reduce public spending should necessarily result in the delaying of retirement, usually along with reforms to existing pension schemes. Largely promoted by international bodies such as the OECD throughout the 1st decade of the 21st Century, this vision of extending working lives (EWL) as a universal solution to a number of social ills has been actively challenged by social mobilisations and is being increasingly questioned by inter-disciplinary, comparative academic research projects (e.g. COST Action IS1409 Gender & Health Impacts of Policies Extending Working Life in Western Countries http://genderewl.com/).

In line with the overall objectives of the Congress, this Workshop addresses the Future of work by inviting participants to critically assess the importance and the social consequences of such challenges to the Fordist (androcentric) life-course tryptic “education – employment – [early] retirement”.

Organizer(s):
Nicky Le Feuvre, University of Lausanne
Nathalie Rougier, University of Lausanne
Isabelle Zinn, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Deadline for submission: April 20, 2019
  • Maximum length for abstracts: 2000 characters (including spaces)

>> Further informations about the call for abstracts

Refugee Routes 28.03.2019, OSAR - Turquie

Refugee routes: information night about Turkey

This year's first "Refugee Routes" will be held on March 28 in Lausanne and will address the issue of the Turkish government. These events, organised by the Swiss Refugee Council (OSAR) with the support of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research LIVES (NCCR LIVES) aim to give a better understanding of the refugees' situation in Switzerland, of the reasons that drove them into exile and of the reception conditions in Switzerland. They can be attended by anyone interested in this matter, in particularly in associative and institutional sectors.

This event will take place in French. Please read the French version of this news for more information. 

>> Compulsory registration (limited number of seats).

Le choix du partenaire dépend fortement de son revenu
Distribution of types of household according to level of education (1992, 2000 and 2014)

In Switzerland, people increasingly find love within their income bracket

This is Laura Ravazzini, Ursina Kuhn and Christian Suter’s observation, in an article published in the last edition of the journal Social Change in Switzerland. Based on the Swiss Household Panel, the researchers demonstrate the evolution of the education level and the households’ income of heterosexual partners in Switzerland between 1992 and 2014.

The study based on the Swiss Household Panel reveals that heterosexual couples’ homogamy has increased in Switzerland since the 1990’s. High-earning men are now more frequently in relationships with high-earning women, and that low earners more frequently have partners in the same income bracket. With regard to education, individuals with a low level of education in particular are more likely to form relationships together than was the case twenty years ago. These conclusions were found by the three authors of the article issued in the last edition (n° 17) of the journal Social Change in Switzerland, published by the University of Lausanne by FORS, LINES and the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES.

This new study shows how the educational levels and household incomes of heterosexual couples in Switzerland are changing. Between 1992 and 2014, the proportion of couples where both partners were university graduates rose from 3% to 13% of all households. During the same period, the proportion of homogamous couples who had completed their upper secondary education (apprenticeship or sixth form-level college) fell from 36% to 27%. The proportion of couples where both partners had only completed compulsory education remained stable at 8%. Since this population group is decreasing, this stable figure reveals a choice of partner that is becoming increasingly selective.

The role of women

The increase of homogamy could partially be explained by the fact that young women in Switzerland are educated to the same level as men could in part explain the increase in homogamy. Indeed, the proportion of households where men have a higher level of education than their female partners fell from 28% in 1992 to 20% in 2014. At the same time, couples where the female partner is educated to a higher level than the male partner today account for 12% of all households, compared to 7% in 1992.

Unlike homogamy of education, which remains largely static throughout life, homogamy of income depends on the choice of partner and the way in which partners in a relationship decide to share the paid work and work in the home. Mothers reduce or interrupt their careers, and therefore their incomes, more often than men. Despite this, the research team showed that the earnings of both partners within couples are increasingly converging. Therefore, couples where the partners have similar incomes are those where the female partner has a higher level of education than the male partner.

Education is decisive as soon as couples meet

Alongside the essentially visible characteristics of a potential partner (finances, physical appearance, social status, etc.), the place where couples meet is unwittingly a decisive factor. The majority of couples are actually formed between pupils at school, colleagues in the workplace or from circles of mutual friends. In addition, the increase in homogamous couples can also be explained by the fact that society is in general becoming more inclined to pursue education to a higher level than in the past. The combined effect of raising the level of education and greater educational equality between the sexes has automatically led to a higher proportion of homogamous couples where both partners are well educated.

Gender-based differences for people living alone

This research also highlights that the probability of living alone is associated with income and level of education, but in ways which differ according to gender. It shows that the categories most likely to live alone are men earning a low income and women with a high level of education. Overall, the proportion of men and women living alone has remained constant at approximately one fifth of all households (people aged 25-64 years).

Could homogamy be a cause of inequality?

Although it appears that choosing a similar partner leads to more stable relationships, this homogamy could at the same time be damaging for society as a whole. Researchers note this is because a society where the wealthy marry each other is more unequal than one where wealthy individuals marry low earners. Given that couples with a low level of education are increasing in number, they are now more segregated than during the 1990s. If we accept the premise that incomes increase as educational attainment rises, these less educated couples may represent a vulnerable group in Swiss society.

Employment after age thirty: education type has no bearing on prospects

Employment after age thirty: education type has no bearing on prospects

The work of Maïlys Korber, who successfully defended her thesis last month, demonstrates that employment prospects in the second half of one’s career are just as good for workers with vocational qualifications as for workers with general educational qualifications.

The work of Maïlys Korber, who successfully defended her thesis last month, demonstrates that employment prospects in the second half of one’s career are just as good for workers with vocational qualifications as for workers with general educational qualifications.

In her doctoral thesis entitled “The labour market returns to vocational education over the life course”, successfully defended on 12 February at the University of Lausanne, Maïlys Korber shows that for workers who pursued vocational education, employment prospects remain just as positive during the second half of their career as for those with a general education (Baccalaureate), although differences in earnings begin to appear at the career mid-point.

The researcher’s thesis received the highest honours from the jury*, a panel including Prof. Thijs Bol from the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, who emphasised several strengths of the work. In particular, he described the questions underpinning the research as “significant and appropriate”, given that their principal objective was to understand, within a life course perspective, the labour market impact of holding vocational qualifications.

Changes with age

As Maïlys Korber explains, it is acknowledged that vocational education makes obtaining initial employment easier by providing workers with specific skills that can be readily applied in a given trade. However, while these types of qualifications may enable young people to find suitable work at the start of their careers, they can leave older workers vulnerable to technological change and updates in occupational structures.

On the other hand, individuals with general educational qualifications may find it more difficult to gain initial employment because their skills are non-specific. This said, they may have a greater ability to adapt to changes and developments because of their general skills, which are more flexible.

Influence of qualifications throughout the life course

The researcher explored this question in four chapters of empirical analysis – using a range of databases to examine the lifelong employment and earnings of individuals with vocational qualifications, and comparing the results with those of individuals with primarily general educational qualifications, as well as lower-level education. Her research focused on Switzerland, but also includes a comparison with the United Kingdom.

Prof. Bol described Korber’s work as a significant contribution to the literature in this field, summarising it thus: “The central question remains the same throughout all chapters: Do those with vocational qualifications fare better than workers with general educational qualifications, and how does this change throughout their life courses?”

Lower incomes with vocational qualifications

The results show that during the second half of an individual’s career, employment prospects remain just as positive for workers with vocational qualifications as for workers with general educational qualifications. However, vocational education is associated with lower incomes once workers reach the age of thirty – and the disadvantage is greater for women than men. These results relate to education at upper secondary level; the prospects for employment and earnings of workers with higher-level vocational qualifications appear to be just as good as those of workers with general educational qualifications.

Jury praises truly “innovative” technique

Prof. Bol highlighted a further strength of Maïlys Korber’s work, which was her use of a range of approaches to answer the questions posed in her research. She drew on data from the Swiss panel, a comparison between Switzerland and the UK, high-quality data from new labour market entrants, as well as data gathered in vignette form. Prof. Bol went as far as to call this a significant advantage of Korber’s thesis, noting his particular enthusiasm for the use of data from vignettes, which he described as a “truly innovative” technique in this field. He added that her study makes an “important contribution to this emerging area of sociological and economic research”, and expressed his certainty that the thesis would be selected for publication in a high-quality journal and receive the level of attention the work merits.

* Members of the jury : Prof. Eva Green, Vice-doyenne UNIL (President); Prof. Daniel Oesch, ISS (Thesis director); Prof. André Berchtold, ISS; Prof. Thijs Bol, University of Amsterdam ; Prof. Ben Jann, University of Bern; Prof. Irene Kriesi, Institut Fédéral des Hautes Etudes en Formation Professionnelle in Zollikofen; Prof. Leen Vandecasteele, ISS.

 

 

La rectrice de l'Université de Lausanne, Nouria Hernandez, a ouvert la soirée d'inauguration du Centre LIVES, en disant sa fierté de l'accueillir au sein de l'UNIL. @Martine Dutruit
Brigitte Galliot, vice-rectrice de l'Université de Genève a salué la collaboration entre les deux universités de l'Arc lémanique au sein du PRN LIVES et du Centre LIVES. @Martine Dutruit
Eric Widmer a évoqué l'histoire du PRN LIVES, dont le rôle clé du laboratoire PAVIE. ©Martine Dutruit
Dario Spini, directeur PRN LIVES, a expliqué pourquoi la pérennisation du Centre LIVES était un excellent pari pour le futur. ©Martine Dutruit
Se remémorant les années passées, Dario Spini a souligné que la réunion de chercheurs et chercheuses des universités de Lausanne, de Genève et d’autres institutions suisses a permis au PRN LIVES de décrocher des fonds importants et de mener des recherches interdisciplinaires qui n’auraient pas pu se développer sans cette mise en commun. ©Martine Dutruit
La conférence de la Prof. Alison Park de l'UCL de Londres a été suivie avec grand intérêt par les invités. @Martine Dutruit
Le "Show en LIVES" de Philippe Cohen a beaucoup fait rire le public, dont la conseillère nationale vaudoise Rebecca Ruiz et Sonya Butera, députée du Grand Conseil vaudois. @Martine Dutruit
Le buffet "Terre et mer", réalisé et servi par SV Group a donné une note finale gastronomique haute en saveurs à cette soirée. @Martine Dutruit
Rien n'aurait pu se faire sans elles et eux - l'équipe organisationnelle qui a aussi préparé la salle - Noémie, Pascal, Christelle, Ellen, Debra, Urs, Fanny et Tomaso, entourant Dario, visiblement content. ©Martine Dutruit

Inauguration du Centre LIVES - une belle fête pleine d'émotions!

Notre soirée d'inauguration du Centre LIVES a rencontré un franc succès. Quelques 150 personnes, dont diverses personnalités, étaient réunies à la Salle des Fêtes du Casino de Montbenon à Lausanne le jeudi 7 février dernier. Toutes les images sont maintenant disponibles en ligne. Dont un aperçu ici.

Voici quelques impressions de la soirée - "une très belle fête, pleine d'émotions", selon Eric Widmer, notre co-directeur. (Cliquez sur les images pour voir les légendes).

Les images de la fête

Vous pouvez voir et télécharger les autres images de la fête sous ce lien - en cas d'utilisation publique, merci de mentionner © Martine Dutruit - PRN LIVES.

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