Project: A life course perspective on the GENdered PATHways of social exclusion in later life, and its consequences for health and wellbeing

Acronym GENPATH (Reference Number: GNP-187)
Project Topic Social exclusion is a multifaceted social problem with substantial disruptive consequences for individuals and society. One aspect of social exclusion is the exclusion from social relations, which is the key focus of this proposal. Being socially connected is a universal basic human need, but a substantial number of people lack the essential social resources necessary for a healthy and happy life. GENPATH focusses on post-retirement age; a life phase where social inclusion becomes a crucial factor for health and wellbeing. Men and in particular women have an increased risk to be socially excluded after retirement. Women are more often frail, more often widowed, have lower levels of education, have more often disrupted working careers, lower pensions, and less economic resources. The large variation in social exclusion and the varying impact of gender across welfare states indicates a key role of the macro-social context. However, little is known about how precise the welfare state context influences the construction and outcomes of social exclusion. The proposed project aims at analysing the origin of gender differences in the prevalence and generation of exclusion from social relations across European countries, and consequences of this exclusion for health and wellbeing. Findings will inform the scientific debate about gender differences in and social exclusion and instruct policies towards a reduction in social exclusion among older men and women. GENPATH fits the SDG 5: Gender equality and SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing, in particular, the topics 1.2 and 1.3.
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Network GENDER NET Plus
Call 1st Joint Call on Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University Coordinator Czech Republic
2 Norwegian Social Research, OsloMet-Oslo Metropolitan University Partner Norway
3 University of Barcelona Partner Spain
4 Linköping University Partner Sweden
5 Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland Galway Partner Ireland
6 University of Vienna Partner Austria
7 University of Haifa Partner Israel