Welfare and Life-course

The research group's focus

This research group was founded in 2012 when scholars at the Department of Sociology of Uppsala University established a constructive and creative collegiate environment for the discussion and development of publications, applications and conference presentations on a regular basis. While the Department has long been known for its research around various welfare and lifecourse topics, the arrival of the research group, has built on expertise in the sociologies of aging, disability, medicine, health and illness, religion, media and communication together with gerontological social work and social work with children and youth. New collaborations and possiblities are opened up.

Using a variety of theoretical and methodological points of departure, the members of this research group conduct studies focusing on, among others, patients/ clients within the health care and social welfare sectors and the implications of policy and practice for these sectors. Much of the research conducted at present also explores how class, gender, age, ethnicity, ‘migrantship’, and disability affect life course, health and social welfare.

Originally established by Professor Sandra Torres (who holds the Chair in Social Gerontology) and Professor Rafael Lindqvist (who held the Chair in Disability Research until his retirement), this group continues to be led by Sandra, now in collaboration with Professor Hannah Bradby.

See below for the annual publication list (and conference presentations) and for insight into ongoing research projects. Feel free to contact us if you want to learn more about our work!

Sandra Torres, sandra.torres@soc.uu.se, 018 471 51 71
Hannah Bradby, hannah.bradby@soc.uu.se, 018 471  51 83
Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Box 624, SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden

The Social Gerontology Group

This research group is at part of the Welfare and Life-course research group and builds on a tradition from 1976. The Social Gerontology Group aims to gather the social gerontological expertise that is found at the Department of Sociology of Uppsala University in order to raise awareness of social gerontological issues at the department, the university at large as well as amongst policy makers and practitioners who work on aging and old age issues. The group is constituted of established social gerontologists who are affiliated to other universities and conduct research in a variety of social gerontological topics as well as researchers working on these topics at this department. This means that the members of this group – irrespective of their university or research affiliation – have all expertise on aging, old age and elderly care even if they approach these topics in different ways.

Follow this link to the Social Gerontology group for more information and publications.