With whom I am working...
Prof Luísa Lima
Luísa Lima is full professor in social psychology at ISCTE-IUL since 2010. Her research centres among others on ageism and health inequalities. She is the mentor of my Marie Curie research project Nice but incompetent? The elderly stereotype in Europe.
I am part of the research group EURAGE which is an international team of researchers specialised in ageism and cross-cultural comparisons. The group was established in 2010 by Prof Dominic Abrams (University of Kent) and Prof Luisa Lima (ISCTE-IUL) and includes doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from both institutions (e.g., Dr Sibila Marques, Dr Hannah Swift, and Dr Christopher Bratt with whom I am mainly working).
Members of the EURAGE team designed the Experiences and Expressions of Ageism module in the European Social Survey (ESS; European Social Survey Round 4 Data, 2008). Our primary aim is to extend current knowledge on ageism which has previously only been investigated within particular countries. This allows us gaining a more comprehensive and contextualized understanding of ageism and how it can be tackled.
One of our main missions is to inform policy-makers, stakeholders and end-users from different countries about ageism. We are working closely with a number of organizations such as the Institute of Ageing and Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Portugal as well as the Department of Work and Pensions and Age UK. Among others, we have developed an age attitudes indicator set for the longitudinal Opinions Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics in Great Britain. Our work has provided policy directives to the Department of Work and Pensions about age equality and diversity in employment. And our report Ageism in Europe evidenced two policy reports by Age UK. These raised the profile of ageism as a significant social issue and helped shape debates concerning age equality in the UK and the European parliament.
Dr Carla Esteves
During and after receiving her degree in Social and Organizational Psychology in 2004, Carla was a research assistant at CIS-IUL and investigated, for example, the determinants of minorities’ intergroup behaviour, and the embodied social cognition and processes of prejudice. She received her PhD on the destructive behaviour displayed by minorities in 2012, under the supervision of Sven Waldzus and Stephen Wright. After a brief work experience in a non-academic environment - as a trainee in an European centre (EMCDDA) - she came back to academia and is currently working with me on the topic of ageism by studying against whom exactly it is directed and under which conditions it might be attenuated or exacerbated. Carla is also involved in an applied project aiming at contributing to a better inclusion of immigrants living in a Portuguese municipality.
Arianna is an Erasmus+ intern who is assisting in conducting studies on ageism. She is originally from Italy and has just completed her Master degree at the University of Pisa.