Interdisciplinary Centre of Life Course Research

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Interdisciplinary Centre of Life Course Research (LIVES-UNIL)
Quartier UNIL-Mouline
Bâtiment Géopolis
CH-1015 Lausanne
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Inaugurated in 2019, the LIVES-UNIL Centre is an interdisciplinary centre that studies the effects of economy and society on the evolution of situations of vulnerability through longitudinal and comparative studies. It aims to understand the emergence and evolution of vulnerability and how to overcome it in order to foster innovative socio-political measures.

One of the missions of the LIVES-UNIL Centre is to promote the interdisciplinarity of its research as well as the exchange between researchers and fields of studies. It brings together researchers from various fields. The Lausanne Centre brings together the faculties of Social and Political Sciences (SSP), Biology and Medicine (BMBF), Law, Criminal Sciences and Public Administration (FDCA), Theology and Religious Sciences (FTSR) and Higher Commercial Studies (HEC).

The LIVES Centre collaborates with cantonal or communal authorities as well as other civil society actors in order to apply the methods developed by the research teams. Among the many benefits of these collaborations is the impact on the life course of citizens, who benefit from the academic work carried out by the Centre.

The Centre LIVES-UNIL is attached to the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. It is one of the two poles of the LIVES Centre, based in Lausanne and Geneva (Centre interfacultaire de gérontologie et d'étude des vulnérabilités - CIGEV). In addition, a social innovation laboratory, LIVES Social Innovation, is the result of a partnership between the LIVES Centre and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO). The LIVES Centre is the result of the national LIVES research centre (PRN LIVES) "Overcoming vulnerability: a life-course perspective", which started its activities in January 2011.

The NCCR LIVES was born from the initiative of the Centre de recherche sur les parcours de vie et les inégalités LINES
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