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Centre for Population, Family and Health

Research Group

Main organisation:Department of Sociology
Lifecycle:1 Oct 2003 →  Today
Organisation profile:The Research centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO) originated from the Panel Study on Belgian Households (PSBH). After the closure of PSBH, the research horizon widened to the broader field of family sociology, sociology of labour, social demography and sociology of health and care. At this moment, the centre is active on several domains in the social sciences whereby the life course perspective is central, both theoretically and empirically. Both fundamental and policy oriented research projects are carried out. 1. Data collection and methodology First, all members of Cello have a strong methodological interest. Building on a long tradition, CELLO participates in several national and international data collection programs. The centre has expertise in both CAPI-and PAPI-data collections. CELLO has an own pool of interviewers collecting high standard academic data. Throughout the years, we have gathered a broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology and analysis techniques. All professors in the centre participate in courses in research methodology or statistics. In order to unlock statistical literature for students and researchers, practice-based textbooks have been published in the MTSO-INFO series and the Step in Statistics and Research book series (Acco). 2. Sociology of the family The research stream in the sociology concentrates on the study of causes and consequences of important life course transitions. In particular, we study the causes and consequences of divorce and the meaning of new emerging household forms. 3. Social demography This stream focuses on household transitions, family formation, fertility, and the position of immigrants in receiving countries. Particular attention is devoted to the interrelations between demographic processes of variables on the on the hand and changing values orientations, economic and (social) policy contexts on the other. Based on the VUB research tradition on family formation and fertility in Europe, this expertise will now be continued in CELLO. 4. Sociology of labour In the research stream in the sociology of labour, the emphasis lies on the analysis of careers and the consequences of individual career transitions on the further development of the career. Other topics concern the quality of careers and the early leave problematic after the age of 50. On the crossroad with the sociology of family, the research focuses on the work-life balance. 5. Sociology of health and care Social scientific research on a variety of health-related topics with special attention to: organizational aspects of health care (hospital and home care); task-shifting and interprofessional cooperation; quality of care and quality of life; sociology of chronic illness, HIV/AIDS care (antiretroviral treatment adherence); and international comparative health systems research. This knowledge is applied to regional, national and international (South Africa) settings.
Disciplines:Applied sociology, Demography, Policy and administration, Social change, Social stratification, Sociology of life course, family and health, Other sociology and anthropology, Mathematical and quantitative methods, Social theory and sociological methods