“Longitudinal surveys have given the social sciences their Hubble telescope” (Butz & Torrey, 2006)
The Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CLLS) is a research centre that carries out fundamental and policy supporting research in social demography and sociology of family, well-being and health. Research of CLLS aims to contribute to the understanding of family dynamics through the life course with special attention to health, employment, intergenerational solidarity and the impact of policy. The core themes are family formation and dissolution, the combination of work and family and the socialization of care.
The centre uses advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods and works with different data sources ranging from large scale European surveys to administrative data to in-depth interviews. CLLS is specialized in survey methodology, event history analysis and grounded theory methodology. The centre collects, for example, the Flemish SHARE data and is involved with the Generations & Gender Programme.
Since 2015, CLLS is recognized as excellence centre of the University of Antwerp in the consortium of FAMCARE.