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This page previously hosted a blog that I created during my PhD project. The original description can be found below. However, I am currently in the process of reformulating this space to serve as my personal website and blog.

My research focuses on population ageing under a broader demographic change perspective. When introducing myself I like to challenge my interlocutor by stating that I am the only living economist who does not see ageing as a problem. Despite the undeniable fact that increasing frailty is an important aspect of the ageing process, my research highlights the diversity of experiences people face under different contexts. I have paid special attention to the ageing process in an urban context.

This approach is important as a bridge between disciplines. Population ageing is an unprecedented phenomenon with a global impact.  At the same time, the magnitude and speed of that change is not homogeneous.  By acknowledging the importance of the contextual and relational aspects, and combining those ideas with concrete analytical tools, I have opened the possibility to new approaches both for researchers and policy makers, in particular for economists and city planners.

I have dedicated most of my career to investigating the ageing process in an urban context. Together with ageing, urbanization is the other major demographic trend shaping the organization of societies. I am particularly interested in the spatial relations within and surrounding cities.

Age-Smart Oslo will explore the relationship between technology and the promotion of Age-Friendly Cities. This page is part of the research project: “The Role Of Technology In Promoting Age-friendly Cities: The Case Of Oslo”, developed at the Programme in Social Work and Social Policy at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 years and more is increasing.

Older people are a resource for their families, communities and economies, but their potential contribution is not automatically guaranteed. To a large extent, it will depend on the existence of a supportive and enabling living environment.

Apart from population ageing and urbanization, there is a third major force that will continue to decisively influence our collective organization: The relationship between technology and society.

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