Demographic Change & Active Ageing

Contributing to SDG 3 (Health and Population)

Over the next decades, Europe will face unprecedented demographic challenges such as ageing and shrinking population and ‘ageing regions’ due to demographic factors such as longer life expectancy and decreased fertility of European citizens. Next to changes in family structures, the enhanced migration to Europe, as well as within Europe to more affluent regions, will further continue. As a consequence, fast changes in social life are to be expected. In order to minimise negative effects on the economy and society, urgent actions and successful and effective co-operation of public, private, and civil society organisations are needed.

ZSI is engaged in several projects aiming at minimising negative effects for the most disadvantaged (persons or regions). We conduct research and advise public authorities and intermediate bodies, respectively, on how to best set up policy interventions jointly aiming at sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. Main policy fields covered by our staffs' competencies consist of regional economic development, labour market, education, health, and social policy.

Our Active Ageing Team works with actors 'on the ground'. The projects link policies horizontally as well as vertically, i.e. local and regional actions implemented across various policy fields should go hand in hand with policy changes at the national and international levels: for example, within the project "Central European Knowledge Platform for an Ageing Society", for instance, we cooperated with ministries, NGO's, and enterprises across territories in Central Europe.

The projects are trans-disciplinary and implemented within all four ZSI activity dimensions, i.e. research, education, policy advice, and network coordination. Our contracting authorities comprise various General Directorates of the European Commission such as DG Employment, Education, Research and Innovation, OECD LEED, Austrian Federal Ministries, the King Baudouin Foundation, and others.

Ansprechperson: Dr. habil. Ursula Holtgrewe

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