The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research

Life Course Research is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary, research field. It is characterized by a shared interdisciplinary theoretical approach that inspires studies in such diverse fields as sociology, demography, epidemiology, psychology, and social biology. It is also characterized by a set of quantitative research methods, such as event history analysis, multi-level analysis and sequence analysis that cross disciplinary boundaries.

The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research aims to bring together students from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds, and introduce them to the main theories and methods in the field of longitudinal and life course research. The Summer School is an international initiative by relevant learned societies and research units. It aims to bring closer the social and biological sides of this research area and to build the early career capacity of a European research network. The first two editions (2011 and 2012) were organised in Antwerp and the third edition (2013) was held in Oxford.

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 course includes lectures and discussions led by experienced 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 skills on multilevel modelling, event history analysis and sequence analysis. Participants will also be able to present their research ideas and obtain feedback.

The faculty for the Summer School 2014 includes: Mel Bartley (ICLS); Francesco Billari (Oxford); David Blane (ICLS); Cees Elzinga (VU Amsterdam); Aat Liefbroer (NIDI & VU Amsterdam); Karel Neels (Antwerp); Dimitri Mortelmans (Antwerp); Matthias Richter (Halle); Gilbert Ritschard (Geneva & LIVES).


Summer School 2014
Monday, 25 August - Friday, 29 August 2014

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Metropolitan Building
Buitenveldertselaan 3
1082 VA  Amsterdam

Aat Liefbroer, Sanne Bos



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