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National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL)Research Funder/Centre

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The National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL) began its activities in 2000. NISAL is funded by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research and Linköping University. Three faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Institute of Technology are jointly responsible for the NISAL. The Institute is located at a campus in the city of Norrköping.

As is true for the whole university of Linköping, there is a strong interdisciplinary, cross-faculty approach to research and postgraduate education at the Institute. NISAL studies the interplay among the cultural, social, medical, health, and technical aspects of ageing in a changing society


A central task of NISAL is to analyse the role and participation of older people in society. Efforts are aimed towards bridging gaps and clarifying the relatedness among the various directions of research on ageing and later life.

Greater understanding of ageing and later life is important to researchers and society. In addition to basic research, NISAL aims to acquire and expand socially applicable knowledge.

Main research areas

Aspects of social services and care are studied as part of the living conditions of later life. Research is particularly extensive in fields that concern disability, terminal care, informal care, ethnicity and older immigrants, political identity, communication, body and identity, ageism, abuse, transitional phases, use of technology, and cross-cultural studies. The objective is for aspects of humanities/social sciences, health sciences, and technology to be integrated within the research.

The NISAL research programmes include:

1 Welfare, ageing and civil society
2 Elderly, technical progress and the use of technology
3 Communication in the life context of older people
4 Housing and institutional design


National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Lat


Linköping University
Department for S


+46 11 103394

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