LIVES Human Library

What if you could talk with a book?

    The LIVES Research Centre invites you to meet its researchers and listen to their stories, based on their scientific studies. Lively stories about vulnerability and life courses.

    The 16 stories are the subject of a series of podcasts in French and English (see right-hand column), published at a rate of 2 per week since mid-December 2022. 

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    Cléolia Sabot
    Une vie à cheval
    Divorce seen by a teenager

    Belinda Steffan
    Disruptive divorce: gendered implications for later-life work and retirement outcomes
    Divorce and its impacts in later-life


    Catia Luperto
    On s'était dit rendez-vous dans 30 ans
    Professional paths

    Ignacio Cabib
    Lifetime friendship in political challenging times
    Social science and political campaigns


    Christina Györkös
    Au cabinet de Gilda et Luc
    Benevolence at work

    Jean-Marie Le Goff
    Comment se passe le quotidien d'une famille de Suisse romande pendant la pandémie ?
    Family management

    Margaret O'Neill
    It's never too late for a new beginning
    Retirement options and work history

    Fiona Köster
    What are the long-term effects of plant closures on workers careers and well-being?
    The impact on workers career paths and wellbeing after they were displaced due to plant closures


    Rocío Palomeque
    Simone and Maxime
    Divorce in later-life

    Sabrina Roduit
    Quand la Suisse externalise ses patients non assurés
    Exclusion mechanisms in the medical field


    Emmanuelle Anex
    Social cohesion in Chavannes-près-Renens

    Nicky Le Feuvre
    Dilemma at 60
    What are the impacts of encouraging older workers, especially women, to take early retirement?


    Jakov Jandric
    Organisational practices and the embodied expriences of work in later life: evidence from public transport drivers in four national contexts
    The complex challenges bus and tram drivers face as they age

    Oana Ciobanu
    Comment se vit le transnationalisme?
    Migrants' relationship to their country of origin


    Karine Duplan
    L'espace public est-il à tou·te·s·x ?
    Heterosexism in public spaces

    Dario Spini
    Nous sommes ce que nous avons été
    End of life

    The stories address
    the following themes

    • Migration
    • Separation, as seen by a teenager
    • Relationships and caring at work
    • Homophobia
    • The impact of the COVID pandemic on family organisation
    • The end of life
    • Professional trajectories influenced by other spheres of life