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Investigating exclusion from civic engagement in later life.

About the research project

CIVEX is an interdisciplinary research project funded under the Joint Programming Initiative ‘More Years, Better Lives’.

CIVEX aims to identify evidence-based policy responses that can address exclusion from civic activities as we age.

The project includes research teams from five European countries, representing the following welfare state regimes and cultural contexts:

  • Continental (Belgium)
  • Southern (Spain)
  • Nordic (Finland and Sweden)
  • Anglo-Saxon (UK)

The UK is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant number: ES/W001438/1).

CIVEX has been developed as a co-production project. Older adults are:

  • respondents
  • co-researchers

With adults being both respondents and co-researchers, this provides an essential ‘insider perspective’. This is important when:

  • collecting data
  • analysing data
  • presenting and disseminating research findings

CIVEX uses a mixed-methods approach to meet its objectives.