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)

 

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 15 June 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 
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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.

Workshop "Life course" in the next SSS/SGS Congress (Neuchâtel 2019) - The future of work

The Sociology Institute at the University of Neuchâtel is hosting the 2019 edition of the Swiss Sociological Association biannual congress on September 10 to 12, 2019. The theme of the event is The Future of Work. The document below contains the calls for abstracts for all workshops included in the program as of Feb. 15, 2019.

Pluralization of career paths in interdependent life domains: risks and opportunities

Organizer:

Submission deadline: April 20, 2019

How to submit an abstract

Applicants must send their abstracts to the email address provided for each workshop. They must include their name, affiliation, and contact information in the message. The maximum length for abstracts is 2000 characters (including spaces) and the deadline for submission is April 20, 2019. Any inquiries, including references cited in the call for abstracts, must be addressed directly to workshop organizers and workshop organizers are solely responsible for the review and selection of the submissions they receive.

 

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.

Special section in the European Journal of Ageing - Loneliness in ageing populations

This special section aims to concentrate on one facet of vulnerability: loneliness understood as the feelings arising when one perceives a discrepancy between desired and actual number and quality of social relations.

There is an abundance of literature on the issue of loneliness covering loneliness in the context of old age, coping strategies and interventions to prevent from loneliness, factors leading to such feelings, and comparisons between different countries. There is an increasing literature on loneliness feelings among older migrants, yet there are not many studies comparing older natives and migrants.

The population at the core of this special section is that of older persons. The aim is to grasp the heterogeneity of this population and accordingly how loneliness is experienced in different groups of elderly: persons with or without a migration background, minorities both ethnic, but also sexual minorities, vulnerable persons, and so on.

Deadlines:

  • for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2019
  • for full papers: 1 September 2019

The special section invites contributions that discuss some of the following issues:

  1. The role of the life course for old-age loneliness,
  2. Loneliness feelings at different moments in the life course and their impact on old-age loneliness,
  3. Factors protecting from loneliness feelings in old age,
  4. Methodological developments to measure loneliness and cross-cultural validations.

With regard to research methodologies, qualitative studies are particularly welcomed. Also, the special section aims to talk across disciplines and research fields, welcoming papers from sociology, migration studies, gerontology, psychology, socio-economics and public health.

Interested scholars are invited to submit an abstract to Oana Ciobanu (oana.ciobanu@unige.ch), no later than 1 May 2019.

Your submission for the special issue should include the following:

  • Name, email address, and affiliations of all the authors,
  • Title of the paper,
  • Abstract of around 500 words (topic, aim and research question, theoretical perspective, methodology and main results).

The guest editors will decide on the acceptance or rejection of the abstract until 15 May 2019. Selected authors will be invited to submit a full paper (max. 5000 words for empirical papers, including qualitative studies, and max. 8000 words for reviews or theoretical articles) via the Editorial Management system of the European Journal of Ageing. The deadline for full papers is 1 September 2019. The papers will go through the usual peer-review process.

For any queries, please e-mail oana.ciobanu@unige.ch.

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.

Photo Hugues Siegenthaler © LIVES

Our "LIVES Doctoriales" 2019 started this morning

The eighth "LIVES Doctoriales" started this morning. The PhD students of the NCCR LIVES will present their ongoing research during two days at University of Geneva. The event will be closed by a conference given by Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D.

As each year, our "Doctoriales" started this morning. They represent an opportunity for all PhD candidates within the Doctoral Programme of NCCR LIVES to present their work in front of LIVES members and external experts.

The Doctoriales certainly imply a lot of work and stress for most PhD students, but we know that it is a very profitable exercise. We hope you will get the most out of it!

Conference by Prof Richard A. Settersten

The Doctoriales will close tomorrow afternoon with a conference given by Prof. Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Rick Settersten, member of the LIVES Advisory Committee, and Head of College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University: "Nine Ways That Social Relationships Matter for the Life Course."

>> Programm of the Doctoriales 2019

2019 SLLS Summer School at University Geneva @pixabay_tom_tyler

2019 SLLS – Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research

From August 26 to August 30, the 2019 SLLS Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research will be organized at the NCCR LIVES, University of Geneva. Registration is open until 31th of May – the number of participants is limited!

Life course research is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary field of studies. It is characterized by theoretical approaches that reflect and inform diverse areas such as sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and social biology. It is also characterized by a set of commonly-used quantitative research methods, such as event-history analysis, multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling and sequence analysis that span disciplinary boundaries.

The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds and introduces them to the main theories and methods in longitudinal and life course research. Previous schools have been held in Antwerp, Oxford, Bamberg, Zurich and Milan.

The Summer School is intended for post-doctoral fellows and postgraduate research students who are interested in exploring the potential of longitudinal and life course research or who want to further develop their existing skills.

The 2019 School is sponsored in part by the LIVES NCCR.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes lectures and discussions led by expert researchers. Examples are drawn from a wide range of longitudinal data sets and illustrated with social and biological life course outcomes. Computer lab sessions develop practical and statistical skills for life course research. 

Themes Being Covered Include:

  • Sociology and Demography of the Life Course
  • Life Course Epidemiology
  • Life Course and Genetics
  • Event History Techniques
  • Multilevel Models for Life Course Processes
  • Structural Equation Models (SEM) for longitudinal data
  • Sequence Analysis Approaches

>> Program

Teaching Faculty

David Blane (Imperial College London), Paolo Ghisletta (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva), Hill Kulu (University of St Andrews), Ross Macmillan (University of Limerick), Dimitri Mortelmans (University of Antwerp), Karel Neels (University of Antwerp), Michael Shanahan (University of Zurich), Matthias Studer (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva) and Eric Widmer (NCCR LIVES and University of Geneva).

Keynote Speaker

Ingrid Schoon (University College London, UK and Berlin Social Science Center, Germany)

Practical informations
Application:
  • Application should be sent before the 31st of May 2019 by filling this form. The number of participants being restricted, earlier applications will be given higher priorities.

 With the registration, please send us (to upload on the form):

  • A motivation letter presenting your current research and its link with the life course perspective (No longer than 1 page)
  • A Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications

You will receive a notification from the Summer School staff that your application has been received and you will hear whether you have been admitted before the 12th of June 2019. In all cases, the fee is expected to be paid within 30 days after the notification of acceptance to finalize your registration.

Costs:
  • Tuition Fee: 450 CHF, covering lectures and computer labs sessions by recognized scholars, coffee breaks as well as the welcome and concluding apéro. Lunch and hotel accommodation are not included.
    Participants are responsible for all costs. This includes transportation, food and lodging. For lodging, student accommodations are available in Geneva (but should be booked separately and availability cannot be guaranteed). See ‘Where to sleep’ below.
Where to sleep?

The Summer School does not include hotel accommodation. Several places propose student accommodations, some with kitchen. We can also assist participants who wish to find colleagues with whom to share accommodations.

Contact & Further informationslls-summerschool@unige.ch

Important Dates:
  • 31 May: Registration deadline.
  • 12 June: Notification of admission.
  • 12 July:  Deadline for the payment of the tuition fee.
  • 26-30 August: Summer School in Geneva
Catia Luperto, communication officer LIVES au 01.03.2019

Catia Luperto, conseillère en communication LIVES dès mars

Catia Luperto a été engagée au poste de conseillère en communication de LIVES et prendra ses fonctions le 1er mars prochain.

Le PRN LIVES a engagé Catia Luperto à 90% dès le 1er mars 2019, en remplacement d’Emmanuelle Marendaz Colle, qui a quitté la tête de la Communication de LIVES l'automne dernier.   

Catia Luperto est titulaire d'un Master en lettres (anglais, psychologie et français), délivré par l’Université de Lausanne en 2010. Elle est par ailleurs bilingue français, italien avec de très bonnes connaissances en anglais et allemand. Notre future conseillère en communication s’est ensuite formée aux relations publiques et au marketing.

Au niveau professionnel, après des expériences au Haut Commissariat des Droits de l’homme et dans une entreprise de conseil, elle a passé sept ans chez Assura, où elle a assumé la responsabilité de leur communication et toute une palette d’activités (stratégie, communication institutionnelle et image, management, relations médias et stakeholders, communication interne, réalisation d’événements et médias sociaux).

Nous ne voudrions pas terminer cette annonce sans remercier très chaleureusement Ellen Weigand, qui a assuré avec efficacité la responsabilité de la communication de LIVES en intérim et qui nous quittera fin mars. Elle sera là à 90% jusqu'à fin février, puis à 50% en mars pour faire la transition avec Catia Luperto.

Dario Spini, directeur PRN LIVES

Matthias Studer, lauréat du Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2018

Matthias Studer a reçu le Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2018

Comme vient de l'annoncer l'Université de Genève, publiant la liste de ses collaborateurs primés et ayant reçu des distinctions en 2018, Matthias Studer, ainsi que ses assistants, assistantes et postdoctorantes, se sont vus remettre, le 18 octobre dernier à Uni Mail, le Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2018. Ce prix, attribué pour leur projet d’utilisation de TPs avec données aléatoires sur Moodle pour l’enseignement, récompense des actions innovantes actuellement en cours, favorisant l’apprentissage. Toutes nos félicitations à Matthias Studer et à son équipe!

Matthias Studer, titulaire d'un doctorat en Socioéconomie de l’Université de Genève a effectué un postdoc à l’Université libre d’Amsterdam. Il est en charge du cours d’introduction aux méthodes quantitatives et chercheur senior dans l’IP 214 (méthodologie) du pôle de recherche national LIVES.

Ses domaines de recherches portent sur le développement de méthodes d’analyses longitudinales pour données catégorielles et leur application pour l’étude des trajectoires familiales, professionnelles et des bénéficiaires de politiques sociales.

Matthias Studer est également l’un des développeurs de la librairie R TraMineR pour l’analyse de séquences et le mainteneur de la librairie WeightedCluster.

Récompense pour des actions innovantes

Comme on peut le lire sur le site de l'Université de Genève, le "Prix récompense des actions innovantes actuellement en cours, favorisant l’apprentissage des apprenant-e-s au sein de l’Université. En particulier, le prix peut récompenser:

  1. une innovation pédagogique menée par un-e enseignant-e ou une équipe d’enseignant-e-s. L'initiative s'inscrit dans un cursus (de formation de base, approfondie ou continue), dans un plan d’étude. Le prix est attribué à l’équipe en charge du projet.
  2. une innovation pédagogique provenant d’une initiative autonome, qui peut être en dehors d’un cursus, conduite par une personne ou une équipe (tout statut). Le prix est attribué à l’équipe en charge du projet."

Le Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching consiste en une lettre officielle de félicitations du Credit Suisse, d'une lettre de reconnaissance signée par la vice-rectrice à l'enseignement, ainsi qu'en un montant de 10'000 francs qui peut être utilisé pour financer une communication sur le projet dans un congrès scientifique (p.ex. ICED, AIPU, EAPRIL, EARLI, etc.), ou produire une ressource contribuant à la diffusion du projet (p.ex. une vidéo de présentation du projet) ou encore pour continuer ou développer le projet.

Le Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching  récompense uniquement des projets en cours ou déjà réalisés et est remis chaque année à l'occasion d'un événement institutionnel ou facultaire.

>> En savoir plus et poser sa candidature au Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching
>>Les collaborateurs de l'UNIGE ayant été distingués, récompensés, nominés en 2018

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