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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Call for Papers: Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population

In collaboration with the journals Frontiers in Sociology & Frontiers in Public Health ( we are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an open-access article collection on:

"Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population"

Guest Editors:
Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland
Łukaz Tomczyk, Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków, Poland

The abstract submission deadline is 27 June 2018.
The manuscript submission deadline is 24 October 2018.

Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project:

About this Research Topic:

In recent years we may observe increasing interest in the development of social innovation both regarding theory as well as the practice of responding to social problems and challenges. One of the crucial challenges at the beginning of the 21st century is population ageing. Various new and innovative initiatives, programs, schemes, and projects to respond to negative consequences of this demographic process are emerging around the world. However, social theories related to ageing are still insufficiently combined with these new practices, social movements, organisational models, and institutions. Many scholars are still using notions and tools from classical theories of social gerontology or the sociology of ageing such as disengagement theory, activity theory, and successful and productive ageing. Such theories do not sufficiently explain ageing in the context of, for example, a broad use of the information and communications technologies (ICTs) including robotics and automation, new healthcare and long-term care models, advancements in the development and governance of age-friendly environments, and public engagement of older adults into co-production of services delivered by public, private, non-governmental as well as non-formal entities.

In this Research Topic we welcome papers critically evaluating the existing social perspectives and theories in the field of ageing, introducing innovative approaches and comparative studies. We welcome researchers from areas such as sociology, pedagogy, public policy, economics, management, and public health. The contributions can be based on theoretical studies as well as the implementation of social innovation and programs addressed at ageing and older people. Reviews and papers on philosophical and ethical issues are also welcome.

Keywords: ageing, aging, older adults, older people, social gerontology, sociology of aging, sociology of ageing, ICT, robotics, social innovation, care, caregivers, agefriendly, public health, long-term care, healthcare, governance, NGOs

As a contributing author, you will benefit from:

- High visibility with eBook and our research network

- Rigorous, transparent and fast peer review

- 10% discount on publishing fees

- Advanced impact metrics


- Read about the article collection

- Publishing fees including institutional memberships and fee-waiver program

- Author Guidelines

- Contact the Frontiers editorial office


Master Programme in Human Development and Food Security

The Master in Human Development and Food Security is a truly international course that draws students from all over the world. Professors are from prestigious universities and International organizations in United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy. Teaching and learning experience are well-structured, practical issues are discussed and students get to meet high level professionals by participating in international debates and global discussions on trends in human development and food security. Our innovative partnerships with United Nations Agencies as WFP and with many other NGOs and organizations, offer students the opportunity to garner substantial experience through group research, internships and consultancy positions.
The Program consists of 12 months, with lectures held in Rome (October - July), followed by an Internship/dissertation/field research in Italy or abroad (August – October). The theoretical part of the Master includes five modules: Development Economics, Quantitative Techniques, Human Development, Food Security, and Rural Development. The Module on Human Development, in particular, consists of about 80 hours of lectures held by several experts involved in the HDCA Association.

All the master activities are in English. The Master comprised a total of 60 credits (ECTS) for a total of 1.500 hours.
Students have to discuss their final thesis or internship report again in Rome.
To apply and to have info about the costs, check the MASTER HDFS website
Threes scholarship are available. Please find more info at this link:

DATE CHANGE – Webinar: Horizontal Inequalities (basic definition and causes)

 7 May, 10:30-12:00 (GMT)
Speaker: Professor Frances Stewart, Dr. Zina Nimeh

On behalf of the Horizontal Inequality thematic group coordinators of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, I would like to invite you to the webinar on Horizontal Inequalities (basic definition and causes) by Professor Frances Stewart and Dr. Zina Nimeh on 7 May at 10:30-12:00 (GMT). Professor Stewart has served as the HDCA president between 2008 and 2010 and started the Horizontal Inequality theme group together with Zina Nimeh at the HDCA conference in Amman. Below is a more detailed biography of the work of both speakers. If you are willing to attend the webinar, please contact Sepideh Yousefzadeh at

Sepideh Yousefzadeh, Amanda Lenhardt Horizontal Inequality theme group coordinators


Frances Stewart is professor emeritus of development economics. She was Director of the Oxford Department of International Development from 1993-2003 and Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE) at the department between 2003 and 2010. Among many publications, she is co-author of UNICEF's influential study, Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987); War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001); and editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008). She has directed a number of major research programs including several financed by the UK Government's Department for International Development, and others by the Swedish Development Agency and the Carnegie Corporation. An Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford, Frances has acted as consultant for early Human Development Reports; is President of the Human Development and Capability Association; and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy. She was previously Vice-Chair of the Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute. She was awarded the UNDP's 2009 Mahbub ul Haq awared for her lifetime's achievements in promoting human development and named one of fifty outstanding technological leaders for 2003 by Scientific American (Policy Leader in Economic Development Strategies for promoting anti-poverty campaigns to help quell armed conflicts in developing countries). source:, and HDCA website

Dr. Zina Nimeh studied Finance at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Labor and Human Resources at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She obtained her PhD at Maastricht University through a Marie Curie Research grant. Her thesis, entitled ‘Social Citizenship Rights – Inequality and Exclusion (2012), dealt with the processes of social exclusion of national minorities and refugees, and was shortlisted for the Dutch Political Science Association NKWP for best thesis in the Netherlands in 2012. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Social Protection and Human Development, and is the coordinator of the Social Protection Masters Specialization. She is also the co-coordinator of the Social Protection, Inclusive Innovation and Development research theme. Her work focuses on social protection and social security policy and financing, social exclusion, poverty and inequality measurement, governance reform and public policy analysis with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa

Outside academia she has had managerial and consulting experience in the areas of human development, social policies and public sector reform with focus on Employment and Education. She has applied experience in policy development and implementation and continues to work as a consultant for the ILO and UNICEF.

Conference: Breaking the Rules! Energy Transitions as Social Innovations

The Leibniz Research Alliance on Energy Transitions is hosting an international conference entitled "*Breaking the Rules! Energy Transitions as Social Innovations* <>" that will take place on *June 14th - 15th, 2018*, at *WZB Berlin Social Science Center* <>*.

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