The Institute has a history of social science basic and applied research on aging from a life course perspective, as evidenced by the list of projects, spanning the 1990’s up to 2013. At that point, policies changed at the University whereby the Institute could not administer research grants. However, it continues to facilitate and promote research from its cross-appointed members.

Here are some current highlights of our cross-appointed members’ research grants, as well as a list of archived projects from our history prior to this policy.

Institute Members Research Highlights

Life course analysis aims to understand the causes, processes and consequences of change over the course of life. Human development and aging are seen to involve the interaction of social, psychological and biological processes from birth to death. Research in the life course has been prominent at the University of Toronto but from different disciplines and academic departments. The Institute fosters key linkages among scientists from these perspectives.

  • Research has been sponsored by all the major granting bodies and reflects a commitment to theoretical, methodological, policy and applied research from a life course perspective; and the pursuit of interdisciplinary and interprofessional scholarship.
  • Research has covered several areas such as life course transitions, family and the life course, marginalized older populations, health and social services for older adults, knowledge mobilization for evidence-based practice, policy and aging, as well as end of life issues.

Past Institute Research Projects