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FAMILIES And SOCIETIES – Changing Families And Sustainable Societies: Policy Contexts And Diversity Over The Life Course And Across Generations

What will families look like in the future? Are existing social- and family policies compatible with changes in family patterns? These and related questions are addressed in this large-scale integrating project coordinated by Livia Olah (University of Stockholm).

The collaborative research project is financed in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (€6.5 millions in EU contribution; grant no. 320116).  Launched in February 1, 2013 it will continue until January 31, 2017.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To investigate the diversity of family forms, relationships, and life courses in Europe.
  • To assess the compatibility of existing policies with family changes
  • To contribute to evidence-based policy-making.

The project will extend our knowledge on how policies promote well-being, inclusion and sustainable societal development among families.

The University of Padua is involved with five demographers and a social statistician affiliated to the Department of Statistical Sciences: Dr- Maria Letizia Tanturri (local coordinator and Steering Committee member), Prof. Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna, Prof. Fausta Ongaro, Prof. Maria Castiglioni, Prof. Stefano Mazzuco, Dr. Silvia Meggiolaro.

The researcher of University of Padua will be involved on several topics as voluntary and in-voluntary childlessness, the impact of Assisted Reproductive Techniques on family life, new family configurations (e.g. LAT, living apart together), changing families and the impact on children’s well-being, changing gender roles and the new role of fathers.

Dipartimento di Scienze Statistiche | Università degli studi di Padova