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  • New five year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funding to to re-think intergenerational connections for the 21st Century.

    From 2022, new ESRC Centre funding will bring together experts from CPC across the University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, and University of Stirling, with new partners at the University of Oxford Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, and the Resolution Foundation.

    The Connecting Generations (CG) project aims to:

    • Innovate in knowledge and understanding of intergenerational relations and population change.

    • Re-think intergenerational connections for the 21st Century/post-Brexit/post-Covid society.

    • Produce novel science that will lead academic and policy thinking, improving the lives of individuals, families, communities and businesses, now and in the future.

    Why study intergenerational connections?

    Different generations provide financial, emotional and practical support to each other across different stages of their lives. These support exchanges interact with and impact upon major life course events.

    Such events include: completing education; leaving home; living with (or separating from) a partner; having children; becoming a homeowner; entering and leaving work; continuing to live independently in the community; or moving into residential care.

    Health, economic living standards, social networks and personal resilience are all affected by these life events, and experiences will vary by gender, migrant status, ethnicity, education, social-economic status and geographical context.

    Issues of generational connection have been thrown into sharper focus by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, with differential effects on generations and groups within society.

    Changes in economic, social and family life are also taking place within the wider global context of environmental degradation and climate change. The benefits for present generations may stand in conflict with the inheritances of future generations. This has complex and wide-reaching implications for generational fairness and intergenerational justice and solidarity.

    How will CG work to understand intergenerational connections?

    Through its novel programme of interdisciplinary research, CG will provide new knowledge on policy-relevant questions such as fairness between generations at the macro level, community cohesion between younger and older people at the meso level and flows of support between individual family members at the micro level.

    The aim of the Centre’s work is to better understand critical academic, social and policy relevant issues such as social coherence and resilience, social mobility, job security, housing, reproductive strategies and family formation, work-life balance and caring responsibilities.

    The Connecting Generations research programme

    Connecting Generations research programme table



















    Project collaborators

    Connecting Generations brings together researchers from across multiple institutions to deliver high impact research.

    Director Professor Jane Falkingham will work in collaboration with five Co-Directors:

    Professor Alison Bowes (CPC, University of Stirling)
    Professor Mike Brewer (Resolution Foundation)
    Professor Maria Evandrou (CPC, University of Southampton)
    Professor Hill Kulu (CPC, University of St Andrews)
    Professor Melinda Mills (University of Oxford)

    An external Advisory Board will provide input into the Centre’s scientific and impact agenda, helping to ensure that the research is advanced, policy relevant and impactful.