Training School COST Action 1409 ‘Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries’ (Deadline: 18th December 2016)

Call for applications for the 2017 Training School

We are happy to announce that the 2017 Training School will take place from March 7th – 10th 2017, at the Centre for Demographic Studies, located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. A detailed schedule of the TS program will be sent to the successful applicants, closer to the event. However, we can already confirm that, in addition to a session on the the comparative analysis of policy toolkits, each of the following trainers will focus on policy debates and initiatives that are relevent to the thematic areas of this COST Action (extending working-life (EWL), health, gender, employment, welfare states, etc.):

Jean Gardiner, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation & Change, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK


Brian K. Gran, Associate professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, USA


Aine Ni Leime, Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral research fellow, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG), National University of Ireland & Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, USA.

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Jeroen Spijker, “Ramón y Cajal” research fellow at the Center for Demographic Studies (CED), Autonomous University of Barcelona.



All the trainers are international experts in their respective fields, with extensive experience of teaching and mentoring on the topics of gender, health, aging and the life-course. They cover a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches.

Each trainer will provide a learning tool-kit, which will be disseminated in advance to participants, via the COST Action website:



The Training School will take place at the Centre for Demographic Studies, located on the UAB campus, just ouside Barcelona:

The Centre is home to several interdisciplinary research teams, one on health and ageing and another on education and work, which will host the event:


Who can apply ?

COST training schools are mainly aimed at PhD students and early career investigators (ECI = PhD + 7 years), although more senior academics, researchers and policy-makers may also apply. Priority will be given to ECIs in evaluating applications. The Training Schools are also open to the Action members and selected experts. See COST Vademecum for full details.


How to apply

Participation in all COST Training schools is subject to a selective application process.

You are kindly invited to fill in the following application form and to provide the requested documents and arguments in favour of your application.


Deadline : Sunday 18th December 2016 (midnight, Central European Time)

Selection will be based on those applications that most clearly correspond to the overall objectives of the COST Action IS1409, and to the content of this particular Training School.



Please complete and send (by E-mail) your application form to:

Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre, Lausanne University, Switzerland: