“The Arctic Change and Elderly Exclusion: A gender-based perspective” is a project launched in the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations involving 22 researchers, seniors and experts from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Estonia, England and Canada.
Coordinated by the University of Lapland, the initiative addresses elderly people’s concerns in the Arctic with a special focus on the concept of exclusion. The specific objectives are:
1. To identify the challenges faced by the elderly people in the Nordic Arctic region. These challenges are often related to various socio-cultural and environmental transformation mainly caused by the rapid climate change. Therefore, one of the main objectives is to investigate the impact of climate change on the elderly people living in the region.
2. To investigate how multiple dimensions play a role in ‘exclusion’, and how to develop the concept of ‘inclusion’ in regard to the elderly people in the Arctic context.
3. To develop an understanding on the gender-based perspective in the elderly social exclusion in the region.
The project will hold three workshops between 2012-2014 in order to create an opportunity for the elderly people to produce knowledge about the exclusion they experience, and to use their knowledge in the promotion of elderly social well-being.
It is also planned to organise panel discussion in each partner country (Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Norway) where elderly themselves will share their experiences and suggestions.
The project will provide three main outcomes: a) an edited volume on the theme of the project; b) a policy recommendation report highlighting the active inclusion of elderly and offering a gender dimension in such inclusion, based on the dialogues to be held among the project participants; and c) the creation of a platform for further research and study on the theme.
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Established in 1979, the University of Lapland is the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union. It is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas of expertise include Arctic affairs and tourism research.
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