About the LIVES Centre

Inaugurated in 2019, the LIVES Centre is an inter-institutional centre that studies the effects of the economy and post-industrial society on the evolution of situations of vulnerability through longitudinal and comparative studies. It aims to better understand the emergence and evolution of vulnerability and how to overcome it in order to foster the emergence of innovative socio-political measures.

The particularities of the LIVES Centre include interdisciplinarity, the entire life course and resource mobilization. These three fundamental aspects of the research conducted at the Centre aim to give a global picture of the trajectories of individuals, taking into account the interactions between the different fields of life, such as family, gender, work, health, age, etc. In addition, researchers are studying the influence of societal structures, which can facilitate or hinder the mobilization of individuals' resources.  

Methods at the service of society and interdisciplinary research

The LIVES Centre regularly collaborates with cantonal or communal authorities as well as other civil society actors in order to apply the methods developed by the research teams in the field. Among the many benefits of these collaborations is the direct impact on the life course of citizens, who benefit in a very concrete way from the academic work carried out by the Centre.

In 2021, the LIVES Centre developed an interactive glossary containing more than 30 theoretical concepts that can be visualized in a semantic network. Aimed at both junior and advanced researchers, this innovative tool shares a common language to foster 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.

From a national research centre to an interdisciplinary centre

The LIVES Centre houses the national LIVES research centre (NCCR LIVES) "Overcoming vulnerability: Life-course perspectives", which started its activities in January 2011. It is made up of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Life Course Research LIVES (CIR-LIVES), based at the University of Lausanne (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) and at the University of Geneva (Interfaculty Centre for Gerontology and Vulnerability Studies - CIGEV). In addition,  a structure which supports social innovation, LIVES Social Innovation, is the result of a partnership between the LIVES Centre and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO). The mission of LIVES Social Innovation is to carry out innovative actions in the field of social work and health. The LIVES Centre is the result of the national LIVES research centre (PRN LIVES) "Overcoming vulnerability: a life-course perspective", which started its activities in January 2011.

The NCCR LIVES was born from the initiative of the Centre de recherche sur les parcours de vie et les inégalités LINES, a research unit of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne, with which strong scientific collaborations are maintained.

Three missions at the heart of the LIVES Centre's activities

Science, society and training are at the heart of the LIVES Centre's research, and make it a reference centre at national and international level.

3 missions of the LIVES Centre


An innovative, interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach

This video produced in 2018 presents LIVES approach, which makes a continuum between the former National Centre of Competence in Research and the current LIVES Centre. 

LIVES Centre from LIVES on Vimeo.