Exclusion from civic engagement of a diverse older population: Features, experiences and policy implications

Project description

The European CIVEX-project (2021-2024) aims to examine the characteristics and experiences of inclusion and exclusion from multidimensional civic engagement in later life, and to identify evidence-based policy measures to address exclusion from civic engagement. 


The project sheds light on the ways in which older people civically engage, and what obstacles they experience in doing so. The main focus is on older people who either 1) live in long-term care housing, 2) receive professional care at home, 3) live in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, or 4) have a non-European migration background. Within CIVEX, volunteering activities, membership of an association, political engagement, digital engagement, and informal help are seen as a part of multidimensional civic engagement. 


The main qualitative methods involve semi-structured life story interviews and life diagrams, in order to understand how life events shape civic engagement. For the quantitative work package, secondary  data  from  databases SHARE (Survey of Health,  Ageing and  Retirement  in Europe) and EQLS  (European  Quality  of Life Survey), will be analyzed. Using latent class and multilevel analysis, the goal is to identify various profiles of multidimensional civic engagement at different levels, through examining micro-, meso-, and macro-level variables associated with older people's exclusion from multidimensional civic engagement. 


This research project is funded under the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years, Better Lives. 



Civic engagement, older people, social exclusion, social inclusion


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Contact persons

Prof. Dr. Sarah Dury -  

Bas Dikmans -  

Toon Vercauteren –