“FutuRes is an EU-funded research project challenging the familiar narrative that elderly people are a problem and that youth is the answer. Rather than attempting to reverse an inevitable societal trend, its team of demographers, economists and policy experts analyse the numbers to show that, say, the issue isn’t age but health, or that elderly care isn’t necessarily a burden, but a business opportunity.
After a century of failed birthrate policies, perhaps that’s the wisest course: to accept that the population pyramid is now inverted and draft policies that take account of that reality, rather than hope to reverse it.”
“The idealised life course is really at odds with female reproductive biology.”
- The Financial Times speaks with FutuRes researcher Anna Rotkirch about birth rates and fertility trends.
Thank you for your interest in our work! The FutuRes Project connects Europe’s leading experts from demography, economics and social policy.
European societies are ageing. Of course, the fact that Europeans live longer, more active and healthier lives is good news! However, the shift in the demographic structure cannot simply be ignored. More and more people are enjoying retirement, which puts strain on the fewer people in the labour market. Subsequently, social systems and intergenerational solidarity are at risk.
Our role as researchers is to analyse population data and to provide insights which support policies for a better future of Europe.
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FutuRes began in early 2023 and is coordinated by Bocconi University along with Population Europe. We are funded by the EU's Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme.
Birth rates and family policy: How do recent shocks such as the economic recession, the pandemic, or the war in Ukraine, impact family planning?
Migration and the labour market: Can migration help with the challenges of population ageing? FutuRes predicts dynamics of migration.
Ageing and economic resilience: How is equality affected policy? Using economic models, we simulate future scenarios and test the likely effects of policy options.
The team leaders
Head of Research: Prof. Arnstein Aassve
Bocconi University, Milan
One of Europe’s leading experts on crisis resilience, Prof. Aassve coordinates the research teams and facilitates dialogue between researchers, policymakers and the public.
“Behind us are the days when researchers only presented their findings at the very end of a project”, says Prof. Aassve. FutuRes will continuously invite the feedback of experts and citizens.
Fertility dynamics and crises: Prof. Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak
Warsaw School of Economics
A renowned economist, Prof. Chłoń-Domińczak is the author of numerous books and articles about demography, pension systems, labour markets, social policy, health and education.
Migration and forecasting: Prof. Jakub Bijak
University of Southampton
An expert in statistical modelling, Prof. Bijak leads the FutuRes team on migration, which will assess how adaptive European economies are to both migration and technological shocks.
Ageing and economic resilience: Prof. Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz
A professor of mathematical economics, Prof. Fürnkranz-Prskawetz examines how demographic processes impact economic processes. For example, how does ageing affect productivity and the labor market?
FutuRes Policy Lab
At the Futures Policy Lab, scientists match their research to practical challenges experienced by policymakers and civil society actors. A series of larger and smaller events across all three years of the project will shape FutuRes research and ensure actionable results.
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