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The "Trento School of Applied Quantitative Research" is a multi-year advanced training school on key themes of sociology as analytical, quantitative and interdisciplinary social science, thus involving sociological, economic, demographic, statistical and computer science approaches. The School aims to provide a systematic integration of the theoretical, methodological and technical ‘front edge’ aspects of applied quantitative research.  [...]
The Sociology Department at Stockholm University announced that docent of Sociology Kieron Barclay was recently appointed a Pro Futura Scientia XIV Fellow, with the project "The Impact of the Family of Origin on Health Inequalities: A Global, Historical, Multigenerational, and Comparative Perspective". The appointment is a five year research grant that includes Kieron Barclay being employed as a senior lecturer at the end of the five-year period. [...]
New study looks at respiratory health, being overweight and accidental injuries
A new study based on the Millennium Cohort Study, a nationally-representative longitudinal survey of children born in 2000-2 and living in the United Kingdom, explored the association between family structure trajectories and early physical health, as opposed to more commonly reported outcomes such as cognitive development or behaviour in older children. [...]
In recent years, concerns have been expressed at EU and national level that the combined stresses arising from school, parental expectations and societal pressures can make the transition to adulthood difficult for young people – with the risk of a long-lasting negative impact. One way of easing the transition is to provide appropriate information and support services during these critical life-changing years. However, it appears that not all young people have access to such services. [...]
Families around the world look, feel, and live differently today. Families can be "make or break" for women and girls when it comes to achieving their rights. They can be places of love, care, and fulfillment but, too often, they are also spaces where women’s and girls’ rights are violated, their voices are stifled, and where gender inequality prevails. In today’s changing world, laws and policies need to be based on the reality of how families live. [...]
The latest evidence on wellbeing and childbearing decisions in Europe
Key messages: Policies and services aimed at promoting work-life balance should sustain the wellbeing of parents, in particular mothers. Wellbeing following the first child is a key element leading to the progression to the second birth. This parity should constitute the main target for family and fertility policies. Securing stable employment and decent housing at younger ages for men and women are necessary measures for the onset of childbearing and to close the gap between desired and realised fertility intentions in Europe. [...]
Children get a better start in life and parents are better able to balance work and home commitments in countries that have family-friendly policies. These include paid parental leave, support for breastfeeding and affordable, high-quality childcare and preschool education. [...]
This panel brings together researchers from around the world to discuss theories and explanations for changes in family behaviours. The panel’s second workshop, in Manila, will focus on consequences of new family formation behaviours, for individuals, families, and society. We are interested in a range of living arrangements, including cohabitation, living-apart-together relationships, and repartnering, as well as same-sex partnerships, multi-generational families, and living alone. [...]
This panel brings together researchers from around the world to discuss theories and explanations for changes in family behaviours. The panel’s second workshop, in Manila, will focus on consequences of new family formation behaviours, for individuals, families, and society. We are interested in a range of living arrangements, including cohabitation, living-apart-together relationships, and repartnering, as well as same-sex partnerships, multi-generational families, and living alone. [...]
Over the recent decades, the EU has been shaped by population growth, but now its population is ageing. Together with North America and East Asia, the EU is moving towards longer-living, lower-fertility, and higher-educated societies. Facing this new demographic frontier naturally prompts the questions: Who will live and work in Europe in the coming decades? How many, and with what skills? To answer these, this report examines the key factors that will shape European demographics over the coming decades. [...]

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