The Partners:

The Partnership

Germany
(DZA)
Israel
(Haifa Univ., Coordinator)
Israel
(JDC-ESHEL, Service Provider)
Norway
(NOVA)
Spain
(Univ. of the Basque Country)
United Kingdom
(Keele Univ.)

The Partnership

The project team consists of researchers from universities, research centers and institutes and one service provider organization who have worked for many years in family and ageing research or service provision to elderly and families. They have special knowledge of family care giving and quality of life research. The senior researchers hold doctoral degrees or equivalent, serving in senior research and academic positions. The service provider is a director general of a large organization. The team members have different backgrounds and different kinds of expertise that reflect a holistic approach and an interdisciplinary perspective complimentary to the kind of research questions and complex issues that will be examined (gerontologists, sociologists, psychologists, social psychologists, social workers, social policy experts). The composition of the team emphasizes a cross-cultural approach to European dimensions. The principal contractors represent countries and sites of a more traditional-familial cultural context (Spain, Israel) with more late-modern countries (UK, Norway, Germany), allowing comparison between different welfare regimes (institutional, conservative, and residual) and diverse family norms.
The team members are able to cast the comparative net much wider, beyond Europe, drawing upon their prior works on related issues in a variety of non-European countries: in Australia, USA, Canada, Korea, South Africa, Jordan and other countries in the Middle East. This is important to advance new questions, to adopt critical perspectives, and to develop fresh insights. The research team of seven researchers and a service provider includes four female researchers. Most of the team members are involved in shaping and in implementing public policies with regard to ageing populations in their respective countries.
The partners in the project are as follows:

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Germany - DZA

The four German researchers are members of the German Center of Gerontology (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen, DZA).
The DZA is a social science institute active within the field of gerontology and old age policies located in Berlin, Germany. The objectives of the institute are (a) to conduct research in 'the field of social gerontology' and (b) to collect and distribute knowledge about the life situations of elderly people, with an emphasis on consultations regarding policy planning for the administrations at the federal and state level. The institute was established in 1974 and is funded by the German federal government and the state of Berlin. The DZA is embedded within a scientific network of numerous national and international institutions.
The main subjects of applied gerontological research at DZA concern long-term care, social relations and social participation in old age, participation of the elderly in the labor force and cultural aspects of ageing. The DZA is also active as clearinghouse in social gerontology.

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Clemens Tesch-Römer

Clemens Tesch-Römer, developmental psychologist, studied at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. Diploma in psychology 1985, Ph.D. in psychology from Free University Berlin in 1989, habilitation in psychology from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University at Greifswald in 1997, professorship at Free University Berlin in 2003.
Research positions as doctoral student at the Max- Planck-Institute of Human Development (1986 to 1989). Research assistant in the research group for psychological gerontology at the Free University Berlin (1989-1994). Assistant professor at the Ernst Moritz Arndt University at Greifswald (1994-1998), where he participated in establishing the newly founded institute for psychology. Since 1998 director of the German Centre of Gerontology (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen, DZA). Tesch-Römer is affialiated lecturer at the Free University Berlin.
His research interests include social relations and social integration, family solidarity and home care, use of new technology in the elderly, and psychosocial consequences of sensory loss. Clemens Tesch-Römer has a strong background in empirical research in gerontology and life-span developmental psychology. He has been principal investigator of several longitudinal research projects (one of these projects has been founded by the German Research Foundation), and has been a scientific associate to the Berlin Ageing Study (a large, representative study of very old persons in Berlin, Germany). His empirical expertise includes also the statistical analysis of longitudinal data.
Tesch-Römer is member of the Gerontological Society of America, the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, and the German Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (serving as vice-president in charge of the from 1998 to 2000 in this national society). Since 1998 he is a member of the expert committees for the German Federal Government for reporting on the life situation of the elderly in Germany.

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Hans Joachim von Kontratowitz

A political scientist and sociologist, has been active in German and international gerontology since the early eighties. After studying political science, sociology and history in Berlin (Diploma 1970), Saarbruecken and St-Louis (Ph.D. program at Washington University) he has been a research assistant for a project on crisis behavior of modem bureaucracies in Saarbruecken and Berlin. Since 1975 assistant professor for sociology at Technical University of Munich (Ph.D. 1977), in 1980 ICPSR- participant at the university of Michigan, AnnArbor, and since 1981 senior researcher at Deutsches Zentrum fuer Altersfragen. From 1997 to 1999 He has been visiting professor for social gerontology at the University of Kassel.
Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz has conducted research on social historical and medical constructions of old age and has been interested in the history and sociology of family relations, personal networks and different forms of solidarity. He has been also engaged in research about the development of modern welfare states in a comparative perspective and the formation of a systematic social policy in theses states. In the last years he has added research on elderly migrants in Europe and has begun to organize those gerontologists on a European level who are engaging in the development of a gerontology paying more attention to cultural factors. This also implied continuous interests in ethnological, biographical and other qualitative research strategies in ageing research.

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Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Sociologist, studied at Free University of Berlin. Master in sociology, Ph.D. in sociology from Free University of Berlin in 2000. Research positions as a researcher at the Berlin Aging Study (BASE), a large, representative study of very old persons, financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (1992-1994), lecturer at the Institute for Sociology, Research Group on Aging and the Life Course (Forschungsgruppe Altern und Lebenslauf, FALL), Free University of Berlin (1994-1995), researcher at the German Aging Survey, a representative study of 40 to 85 years old persons in Germany carried out by the Research Group on Aging and the Life Course (Forschungsgruppe Altern und Lebenslauf, FALL), Free University of Berlin, and the Research Group on Psychogerontology (Forschungsgruppe Psychogerontologie), University of Nijmegen, in co-operation with infas Sozialforschung GmbH, Bonn, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (1996-1999). Andreas Motel-Klingebiel is deputy director of the German Centre of Gerontology (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Altersfragen, DZA).
His main research interests include Social inequality and age; families, intergenerational transfers and service systems; aging and the welfare state. Andreas Motel-Klingebiel has conducted research on the economic situation in old age, social inequality within and between generations and cohorts, their income and inequality dynamics in a longitudinal perspective, the measurement of inequality indicators in old age, on family structures, intergenerational transfers and their connection to social policy in modern welfare states, namely the public pension schemes, and social inequality. Additionally, he was interested in the housing situation of the elderly and their relation to social inequality, support systems, mobility in old age and personal meaning.

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Delia Struppek

Studies psychology at the Technical and at the Free University Berlin. She has shown special interest in various questions about old age and has gathered theoretical and practical experiences in seminars, congresses, several internships and as a volunteer.
Since April 2000, she is involved in the OASIS project as a student assistant. In 2003 she has finished her studies and achieved her Diploma. In 2003 she worked as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health in a study concerning the use of services by elderlies, especially of persons suffering from dementia.
Since 2004 she is working on her dissertation within the framework of a scholarship programme on chronic illness and specific care problems in old age.

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Israel - University of Haifa (Coordinator)

The Israeli team consists of two senior researchers from University research centers, one of whom is the coordinator-in-charge, and two junior researchers.
The University of Haifa, where the Center for Research and Study of Ageing is located, is one of the major research universities in Israel and can provide all necessary facilities for conducting the research which includes: a rich library and communication systems, computing, administrative and legal instruments necessary to engage sub contractors and service providers. The Research Authority already shared some of the costs for the proposed research by providing financial support for the preliminary meetings to plan the project.

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Ariela Lowenstein

 

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Ruth Katz

 

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Dana Prilutzky

 

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David Mehlhausen-Hassoen

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Israel - JDC-ESHEL (Service Provider)

JDC-ESHEL is a non-profit organization founded and supported by the Israeli government and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. JDC-ESHEL strives to improve the status of the elderly population in Israel, developing conditions and services to guarantee better quality of life for the elderly, and to improve the image of older people to society as a whole.
Since its inception in 1969, JDC-ESHEL has transformed the quality of life of the elderly in Israel, building homes for the aged, day care centers, sheltered housing units, and assisting in the establishment of local associations for the elderly, supportive communities, and many programs to enhance the quality of life of the elderly, including health promotion programs, training for thousands of professionals and volunteers, and long range planning.
JDC-ESHEL does not operate programs directly, but initiates and develops them, turning them over to local or national organizations once they have been established. All activities involve coordination, cooperation and pooling of resources with national and local government bodies and other NGOs dealing with the elderly.

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Yitzchak Brick

Director General of JDC-ESHEL, the Association for the Planning and Development of Service for the Aged in Israel. Dr. Yitzhak Brick has a Ph.D. in Social Policy, Planning and Administration from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass., USA, and a BA in Sociology and Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Since 1988 he has served as Director General of JDC-ESHEL. Between 1978-88, Dr. Brick served as the Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in charge of all social welfare functions at the Ministry. Dr. Brick is the President of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the Chairman of the National Council on Social Services, a board member of the Executive Committee of the International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW), and a board member and deputy chairman of the Center for Reserach and Study of Ageing at the University of Haifa.

 

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Dror Rotem

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Norway - NOVA

Norway is represented by two researchers from Norwegian Social Research (NOVA).
NOVA is a publicly funded research institution under The Ministry of Education. It was established in 1996 as a merger of four social policy research institutions. One of these was the Norwegian Institute of Gerontology, of which Svein Olav Daatland was the director.
The main objectives of NOVA is to carry out research and development projects aimed at contributing towards a greater knowledge of social conditions and social change. The institute shall focus on subjects such as the life course, living conditions and quality of life, as well as on the services provided by the welfare state.

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Svein Olav Daatland

Svein Olav Daatland is one of the leading Norwegian experts in gerontology and research on ageing. He is trained as a social psychologist from the University of Oslo, and has published widely both nationally and internationally on ageing policies, family solidarity, and long term care. He has been coordinating several comparative Nordic research projects in these areas, and has participated in comparative European projects. He has been a visiting lecturer at several universities in Europe and the USA, and has held offices in international organizations in the field. Svein Olav Daatland is currently a reviewer of scientific journals such as Ageing and Society and European Journal of Ageing. He is himself the editor of a Nordic journal on ageing, Aldring og livsl°p (Ageing and the life course) since 1983, published by Fagbokforlaget.

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Katharina Herlofson

Sociologist, graduated from the University of Oslo, Norway in 1999. In her thesis, "Fertility decline all'italiana", she argued that to be able to understand better the currently low fertility in Italy, there is a need to take into account the ageing of the population and the strong intergenerational solidarity among Italian families.
Herlofson is currently a Research Fellow at NOVA and a Ph.D. student at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include intergenerational relationships, life course, values, demographic and social change.

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Spain - University of the Basque Country

Two researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao represent Spain in the OASIS research project.

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María-Teresa Bazo

Maria-Teresa Bazo is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao (Spain) and she also teaches at various Postgraduate Courses in different American and Spanish Universities.
She has conducted research in Spain and in the UK. Her main research field is Sociology of Ageing. She has published extensively on the subject; in this regard, La sociedad anciana, 1990 (The Ageing Society), which is the first research on Sociology of Ageing carried out in the Basque Country and Spain using the data of a general survey, should be highlighted. Her book La ancianidad del futuro, 1992 (The Future Elderly) was awarded the Fundación Caja de Madrid National Research Prize. This research analyses the positive quality of life in ageing using the life story method. Her research about intergenerational family relationships, La familia como centro privilegiado de intercambio entre generaciones, 1994 (The family as a privileged exchange scenario between generations) was also awarded the Fundación Bancaixa Research Prize. This was the first research and publication on that subject carried out in Spain. Her research Cuidados familiares de salud para las personas ancianas (Family health care for elderly people) has also received an award from the Fundación La Caixa of Barcelona. She is also studying the neglect and mistreatment of the elderly. Her research is the first carried out in Spain. Her last books are: La institución de la jubilación: De la sociedad industrial a la postmodernidad, 2001 (The social institution of retirement: From industrial society to Postmodernity); Envejecimiento y sociedad: Una perspectiva internacional, 1999 (Ageing and society: An international perspective) and Los mayores en Europa, 1999 (The European Elderly).
She heads the Research Committee on Ageing of the Spanish Association of Sociology. She has been a consultant for the Committee for the Dependency of the Regional Government in Guipuzcoa (Basque Country, Spain), for the Basque Government at the Committee for Seniors Affairs, and for the Basque Ombusdsman, as well as for the Commission for Health and Social Affairs of the Spanish Senate.

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Iciar Ancizu Garcia

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United Kingdom - Keele University

The United Kingdom is represented by two researchers associated with the University of Keele, Staffordshire.

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Judith Phillips

Prof. Judith Phillips, BA. Hons (University of Wales); Diploma in Social Science (Stockholm); MSc and CQSW (University of Oxford); Ph.D. (UEA, Norwich) is Professor of Gerontology and Social Work at the University of Wales, Swansea.
Judith Phillips, a social worker, is a researcher in the fields of intergenerational solidarity, family relations, working carers and is involved in policy developments in ageing in the United Kingdom. She is also an expert in qualitative research methods. She has researched and published widely in the areas of older people, residential care, informal care, older offenders, social work and community care, and the family and community life of older people.

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Mo Ray

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