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The LIVES Centre developed an interactive glossary containing more than 30 theoretical concepts that can be visualized in a semantic network. It shares a common language with the whole scientific community for the study of vulnerability in a life-course perspective.

This glossary gives an overview of central concepts such as vulnerability, trajectories, reserves, cumulative (dis)advantages, resilience, longitudinal data (retrospective and prospective) and many others The semantic network visualisation of the various concepts is the opportunity to integrate the theoretical context in which they are embedded at a glance. A simple click on a term activates the network and shows the connections with other themes.

Aimed at both junior and advanced researchers, this innovative tool promotes interdisciplinary research on vulnerability and the life course. It is the result of the collaboration between 25 senior researchers of the LIVES Centre, from 7 different disciplines (psychology, sociology, social psychology, demography, economics, social economy and statistics). The aim of the LIVES Centre is to share the summary of its first 12 years of research with the international academic community by providing a common language.

The definitions included in this glossary as well as their list are intended to evolve with the new results observed. Proposals for new concepts are welcome and can be sent to

Consult the interactive glossary at

Download the printable version of the poster presenting the LIVES Centre's interactive glossary in English or French.

Poster presenting LIVES interactive glossary (printable version)