Einstein Center for
– Preparation Module
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Our societies are becoming more heterogeneous, with fast changes that lead to a wider diversity in population. Demographic changes such as growing longevity and increasing family diversity play key roles in shaping our current and future societies. While seen as an opportunity, diversity also entails potential risks of inequalities such as segregation, social exclusion, or disparities in health and education. To deal with its opportunities and challenges, we need in-depth knowledge of the complex mechanisms that drive population diversity and inequality along the life course. It is necessary to cooperate in a consortium of research institutions, with an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach on how demographic and family diversity can affect critical dimensions of social and health inequality.
The main goal of the project is to develop an application for the formation of the Einstein Center of Population Diversity. Albeit the Center will be inclusive and investigate multiple demographic dimensions, the focus of the Center in its initial phase is on family diversity and its interaction with other demographic dimensions. Since mating, marriage and household formation are critical life course events that re-define individuals’ position is society, family diversity is used as a prism through which general population diversity can be studied. The aim of the Center is to build internationally visible research focus areas in Berlin, with a unique institutional cooperation in the field of social demography and social epidemiology. The preparation module consists of creating a theoretical and empirical framework that supports the application, and demonstrating collaborative endeavors in a consortium that includes leading experts from various renowned research centers.
Public-private partnership and policy dialogue form an essential part of Einstein Centers. Within this framework, most recent methods and best-practice examples of transdisciplinarity and co-creation will be discussed. The successful series of the "Tuesday Dialogues for an Einstein Center for Population Diversity" will be continued to serve as a platform for stakeholder involvement.
By combining strings of interdisciplinary research, the project aims to conceptualize population diversity and understand the long-term consequences of family diversity for health and economic wellbeing. Specific goals are as follows:
- Set up a coordination unit for the preparation module at Charité, bringing together the PIs and members of the consortium.
- Perform comprehensive and systematic literature reviews of medical and sociological research in order to inform the theoretical framework and to develop theory-driven measures of family diversity.
- Apply innovative statistical methods to longitudinal data (in particular SOEP, SHARE, register data and linked register and survey data) to study the interplay of family diversity, socio-economic well-being and health across the life course.
01.06.2021 to 31.01.2023
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Paul Gellert on behalf of the consortium of principle investigators
- Population Europe, Berlin
- Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
- German Socio-Economic Panel at the DIW Berlin
- Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
- WZB Berlin Social Science Center / Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
- Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford
- Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research