Societies & Demographic Change

The ’Challenges and Social Problems” research area

The ’Societies and Demographic Change’ research area at DaWS studies a wide number of research topics at the interface of populations, generations, policies and politics, where demographic issues and challenges can be better understood using social science and public policy approaches and theories, notably political sociology, political economy, social policy, and political demography. This research area is interdisciplinary and works together closely with the Business and Social Sciences unit of the Centre for Population Dynamics (CPOP-SAMF) at the University of Southern Denmark.


Research topics covered in this DaWS research area include:

Intergenerational resource transfers and human capital investments
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Demographic change and social policies
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Migration attitudes, causes and consequences
Contact: Romana Careja, Dennis Spies

Intergenerational solidarity and equity
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Intergenerational social norms and comparisons
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Intergenerational mobility
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Intergenerational public policy conflict
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Age group relevant politics, policies and feedback processes across the lifecycle (ranging from education to pensions)
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Education policy, family policy, pension policy
Contact: Pieter Vanhuysse

Urban populations, segregation and integration
Contact: Romana Careja, Marta Neves

Life 90+
Contact: Stine Jensen and Klaus Petersen

Family Policy and family change in Denmark
Contact: Klaus Petersen


Read more about our research on populations, generations, and public policies within the ’Societies and Demographic Change’ research area at DaWS here:

ERC Demography, Ethics and Public Policy research profile
Population Europe policy brief on preventing inequalities in aging societies
• Opinion pieces for the World Economic Forum, The Conversation UK, and The Independent on pro-elderly welfare states within a child-oriented Europe blog entries on intergenerational justice and comparative population politics

For further information, please contact Professor Pieter Vanhuysse