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Population and Well-being in Context

The Research Cluster on Population and Wellbeing in Context focuses its research (embedded in the Population Research Centre, since 1991) on population issues in a broad sense, and on the consequences of these issues for wellbeing, against the background of the socio-cultural and spatial context. We study classical demographic topics such as fertility, mortality and migration, but also population decline, health, ageing, nutrition, family relationships, household formation and dissolution, residential mobility and housing. Our research is internationally oriented, and our projects are situated in various regions and countries in the global North as well as the global South. In our theoretical approach we stress how individual life courses develop in the meso and macro contexts of households, families, health systems, regions and countries. We use a wide range of data, derived from population registers and other data from statistical offices, surveys, in-depth interviews and observations. We analyse these data using methods from analytical demography, multivariate statistical analysis, and qualitative analysis. In part of our research we go beyond analysis and use the participatory methodologies, including the capabilities approach. These participatory methods offer us additional lines of research following a more community-based development agenda, as is currently advocated and emphasized by many of the international development organizations.

Our research is first and foremost related to the wellbeing element of the research programme tWIST. In all of our research projects the consequences for well-being of the phenomena we study form an important motivation for the research; in many we explicitly make the link to wellbeing or health outcomes by studying these as the dependent variables in our analyses. The spatial transformation element of tWIST is apparent in our research on population decline and its consequences; migration; place making in healthy ageing and community involvement; population issues at the macro level of regions and countries (e.g. on health and mortality patterns). Our research is also concerned with social innovation, e.g. in work on coping with population decline and on the empowerment of older people.


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