The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research

2016 Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research
Date: Monday June 27th to July 1st, 2016
Place: Bocconi University, Milan Italy

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, economics, psychology, and social biology. It is also characterized by a set of quantitative research methods, such as event history analysis, multi-level modeling, and sequence analysis that crosscut 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 life 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. Previous schools have been held in Antwerp, Oxford, and Bamberg.

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 curriculum 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 and statistical skills for life course longitudinal research. Participants will also be able to present their research ideas and obtain feedback.

The faculty for the 2016 Summer School includes Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi), Mel Bartley (UCL), Francesco Billari (Oxford), David Blane (ICLS), Hill Kulu (Liverpool), Ross Macmillan (Bocconi), Dimitri Morelmans (Antwerp), Karel Neels (Antwerp), and Gilbert Ritschard (Geneva & LIVES).

Contact: Ross Macmillan, Department of Policy Analysis & Public Management,


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