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Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes

Existing and rising inequalities pose fundamental challenges to European societies and economies. The increasing gap between rich and poor, exacerbated by the recent financial and economic crises – as well as the covid-19 pandemic – is a key concern

The multidisciplinary transnational research programme “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course: structures and processes” (DIAL) focuses on the complex and highly intertwined sources of inequalities in contemporary societies, and their consequences. The research programme is funded by New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Cooperation in Europe (NORFACE) with top-up funding from the European Commission via ERA-NET Cofund grants.

The DIAL programme (2016-2022) has three major objectives:

  1. To advance globally excellent theoretical and methodological research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course;
  2. To motivate and support excellence and capacity building for research on dynamics of inequality across the life-course on a cross-national basis;
  3. To develop understanding and promote research-based knowledge and insight into dynamics of inequality across the life-course for issues of societal, practical and policy relevance, with theoretical foundations but worked on jointly with relevant users and experts.

Thirteen DIAL projects started their work in 2017/2018. Their research foci range from inequality and its consequences in education, child development, health, populism and LBTQ citizens, to employment and working life. In these projects, researchers from a wide variety of disciplines work together across Europe, from Portugal to Finland and the Czech Republic to Ireland.

The scientific programme coordinator is Assistant Professor Elina Kilpi-Jakonen from the University of Turku, Finland.

Visit the DIAL website for full details of the various projects, links to publications, including the DIAL working paper series, and information on DIAL events. You can also learn more about DIAL research by listening to our podcast series: DIAL Podcast – tuning in to the evidence on inequality across the life-course.