PhD Course

23 doctoral students from 16 universities and 10 countries were graduated in 2021 by the Malmö University and implemented in close transnational collaboration within the multi-disciplinary teacher-team. The course has in several ways showed the importance of multidisciplinary, cross-border collaboration in meeting societal challenges out of the Aging Society. The doctoral students participating had a background in several different areas such as natural sciences, social sciences and humanities; sociology, nursing science, social work, political science, health science, media education, psychology. The course contributed to develop and increase knowledge, perspectives and (network) contacts among the PhD Students, based upon recent research and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Ageing and Demographic Changes in Late Modern Society

A Transnational PhD- course offered in spring term 2021

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about, as well as tools for analyzing, defining, and using, concepts such as health, disease, illness, and quality of life, that is, key concepts in the research area ”Health and Society”. You´ll meet and collaborate with fellow PhD students from several countries.

The course is annually offered from 2021


The course focuses on care work, dementia, and welfare technologies related to welfare state politics, ageing theories and ethical issues. Mixed methods and qualitative approaches will be represented.

The course presents critical perspectives from social sciences and the humanities. Cases from a number of  countries will be introduced by professionals with practical experience in the field.

The course will offer possibilities to work with theories on and research in the field of ageing, involving students own projects.

On a networking level, the course gives a unique opportunity to meet PhD students from the participating countries and establish contacts for future collaboration.  You also meet a transnational and interdisciplinary team of researchers/teachers.

Learning form

The course counts for 3 ECTS.

The working formats are literature studies, seminars and lectures. In order to promote discussion, the student is required to study the assigned literature prior to each lecture/seminar to be able to present and discuss. The course also includes a seminar where the student’s final assignment will be presented and discussed.

All participants are invited to join a transnational Alumni-network on ageing studies. A Certificate of attendance will be given. The working language is English.

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Syllabus and Application

Alumni members:

Michelle Vestbo-Nielsen, Roskilde University

Lea Graaf, Oslo Met/Roskilde University, N/DK

Eva Hoffmann, University College Syd, DK

Jonas Olofsson, Malmö University

Justina Kievisiene, University of Lapland, FIN

Mariusz Dorot, University of Lower Silesia, PL

Aurelie Mailliez, University Lille, F

Niko Väänänen, Université Catholique de Louvain, B

Samuel Briones, Utrecht University, NL

Nausheen Christoffersen, University College Absalon, DK

Sarah Åkerman, Åbo Akademi, FIN

Mille Nabsen Marwaa, SDU Denmark, DK

Linn Zulka, Gothenburg University, SE

Anna Holm Jacobsen, University College Absalon, DK

Maria Claesson, University of Boraas, SE

Maryam Hadji, Tampere University, FIN

Frank Ojwang, University of Lapland, FIN

Maria Nilsson, Linnaeus University, SE

Fabien Visade, University Lille, F

Faith Kilpeläinen, University of Lapland, FIN

Justyna Holyst, University of Lower Silesia, PL

Kirstina Aakerlund, Roskilde University, DK

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