Research mission

The centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CLLS) is a research centre practicing fundamental and policymaking research in the fields of social demography and sociology of family, wellbeing and healt. With its research, CLLS aims to contribute to the knowledge on family dynamics through the lifecourse with special attention to health, labour, intergenerational solidarity and the impact of meso- and macro policies. 

In the research centre, quantitative as well as qualitative methods are extensively used in a broad range of data sources. Pan-European surveys, using register data are used as well as in depth interviews. In particular, CLLS is specialised in survey methodology, event history analysis and grounded theory.  Furthermore, the centre gathers the flemish SHARE data and is involved with the Generations & Gender Programme.

Since 2015, CLLS is acknowledged to be a centre of excellence at the University of Antwerp in the consortium FAMCARE.


The centre includes following research topics:

Data gathering and methodologyDataverzameling en methodologie 

In the first place, CLLS plays a methodological role. Building on a long tradition, CLLS coöperated in a variety of national and international data gatheringsprojects. Either in CAPI-surveys as in post-surveys, a broad expertise was build. The centres has also an own pool of interviewers. Over the years, an extensive expertise has been acquired in quantitative and qualitative research techniques and analysis. The professors in the research group teach in the study of Political and Social Sciences at the university and outside, courses research methodology or statistics. 

Family Sociology

De familiesociologische onderzoekslijn van het centrum concentreert zich op de studie van oorzaken en gevolgen van belangrijke levenslooptransities. In het bijzonder ligt de nadruk hierbij op de oorzaken en gevolgen van echtscheiding en op de betekenis van nieuwe samengestelde gezinnen. 

Social Demography 

This research topic focusses on the transitions in households, union formation, fertility and the position of migrants. Special attention is given to the relation between demographical processes and changing value orientations and economical and social policy. 

Labour sociology

In the topic of Labour sociology, there is an emphasis on individuals' careers and the outcomes of transtions within the career and its future progress. Next, there is attention the the quality of careers and the problems regarding the end of careers. At the intersection with family sociology, special attention is given to the problematic combination of work and family for single parents.

Sociology of health and well-being 

This research topic deals with a broad variety of health related issues with special attention to organisational aspects of medical care (hospitals- and home based help); the tsk shift and inter-professional collaboration within health care, quality of care and quality of life; sociology of chronical illnesses; HIV/AIDS care; and international comparative health system research. This knowledge is used in regional, national and international (South-Africa) research settings.