The 251 contributions collected in this dictionary illustrate the great diversity and breadth of social policies. Although they are little valued in public opinion, they seem self-evident, operating, so to speak, in the background and on the margins of society, as Stéphane Rossini, Director of the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO), points out in the preface to the dictionary. The new edition of the dictionary makes visible both the contents and the historical references of social policies, their relationship and links with other political fields, Swiss specificities and current and future challenges.
Four research projects won the international call for proposals launched in May. In total, 21 proposals were submitted and reviewed by a LIVES Board Committee and one external reviewer. They were ranked on the following criteria: expertise, originality, feasibility, interdisciplinarity, output potential, international collaboration as well as the correspondence to LIVES major research goals.
Young men have higher career aspirations than young women. By the age of 15, young people are already adjusting their career aspirations to what they consider to be realistic possibilities in relation to their educational background. Various factors seem to influence vocational aspirations: social status of the occupation, type of post-compulsory education, level of parental education.
In Switzerland, sexual minorities are increasingly tolerated and recently passed laws are bringing equality closer. However, according to Dr Léïla Eisner's thesis, it is not yet certain whether this change in perception is actually being perceived.
Dr Charikleia Lampraki's thesis shows the impact on health of senses of self-continuity and social continuity after the loss of a partner.
In his thesis, Dr Patrick McDonald observed that for men, marriage is associated with a wage premium, while for women, having children is associated with a wage penalty, especially for young mothers.
Annahita Ehsan investigated the impact of the community-based social capital interventions of Quartiers Solidaires (Neighborhoods in Solidarity) on the mental health promotion of older adults in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland.
Within the framework of the SNSF project The Psychological Effects of Income Inequality under the supervision of Nicolas Sommet (SNSF Ambizione Lecturer), the LIVES Centre fills a new position.
In the 22nd issue of the journal Social Change in Switzerland, Jonathan Zufferey and Philippe Wanner (University of Geneva) examine the spatial distribution of the foreign population in Switzerland. Spatial segregation is strongest in the cantons of Bern and Valais and weakest in Geneva, Vaud and Ticino. With regard to nationalities, the highest segregation is observed for nationals from Turkey and North America.