Project information

A life course perspective on the GENdered PATHways of Social exclusion in later life, and its consequences for health and wellbeing (GENPATH)

Project Identification
Project Period
3/2019 - 12/2021
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Social Studies
Cooperating Organization
University of Vienna
National University of Ireland
Linköping University
Universitat de Barcelona
University of Haifa
Oslo and Akershus University College
ŽIVOT 90, z.ú.

Social exclusion in later life is a multifaceted social problem with substantial disruptive consequences
for individuals and society. One aspect of social exclusion is the exclusion from social relations, which
is the key focus of this proposal. Being socially connected is a universal basic human need; key to the
development of infants, and important throughout the life course. However, a substantial proportion
of older adults are socially excluded, and lack the essential social connection necessary for a healthy
and happy life. Social exclusion may have its roots in early life, but patterns of social exclusion over
the life course may well be different for men and women. Women generally have lower education,
more often disrupted labour force participation, lower pensions, and are more often widowed
because of longer life expectancy. Whether and how precisely this leads to higher rates of exclusion
for women is still largely unknown. Scientific knowledge of the gendered pattern of exclusion from
social relations is scattered and policies to reduce the inequalities limited in effectiveness. The
proposed project aims to analyse gender differences in the construction and consequences of
exclusion from social relations across European countries, and its consequences for health and
wellbeing. Findings will be used to inform the scientific debate about social exclusion, and to inform
policies to reduce exclusion from social relations in older men and women. GENPATH fits to the SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.



Total number of publications: 5