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The Politics of Ageing (Summer School)

Ageing is an important topic for all ages! In this three-week summer programme we will explore the interdisciplinary and intercultural dynamics of ageing to better understand our inevitable global, intergenerational, future. The programme is suitable for professionals and students alike.

About: Ageing is a global topic of urgent importance: The United Nations estimates that by 2050, over 1.2 billion older people will be without a secure income, unless drastic actions are taken. Today, average global life expectancy according to the World Health Organization is 71.4 years, and steadily increasing. The average number of children per family is 2.4 worldwide. The 21st century has often been termed "The Century Ageing" due to the combination of declining birth rates and an increasing life expectancy: along with growing urbanization and migration, family support for older people is becoming an increasingly demanding obligation worldwide. As a result, ageing is often framed in terms of "crisis". In this programme, we will explore the interdisciplinary and intercultural dynamics of ageing to better understand our inevitable global, inter-generational, future.

Programme: This three-week interdisciplinary program will address important questions: what are the implications of demographic transition for an ageing population? How do governments, civil society, business and households deal with the risks of old age poverty in various regions of the world? What are the specific needs of older people and how do we care for them? In what way is the inter-generational contract under threat regarding social security and care?

By the end of the program, students will have an in-depth overview of global ageing and regional trends in relation to socioeconomic, political, and cultural responses. The first broad overview of the first week will be complemented by a week of specific thematic case studies on technology, housing, health and long-term care, financial literacy, and micro-pensions. These topics cut across regional debates and provide important moments and spaces for reflection.

We will address a variety of topics, including changing global demographics, social and economic inequality, health and wellness, and technological developments.

Directors: The academic director for the programme is Caroline van Dullemen.

Website: For more information on the programme, visit our website.

Contact: summer-info-gsss@uva.nl.

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