2010 series

Home institutions: University of Lausanne, University of Geneva

The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "LIVES – Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives" analyzes the burdensome effects of post-industrial economies and societies on the development of vulnerability in terms of social exclusion or precariousness.

It conducts comparative, longitudinal analysis to examine the impact of socio-structural and personal resources on overcoming vulnerability. Hosted by the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, the NCCR brings together national and international researchers to examine life courses as developmental processes, as outcomes of institutional regulation and policies, or as biographical meanings. Life trajectories of about 25’000 people will be studied across health, family, work, and institutional domains in order to develop innovative social policy measures.

Further information on the NCCR :

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director

    Prof. Dario Spini
    Université de Lausanne
    Bâtiment Géopolis
    CH-1015 Lausanne
    Phone: +41 (0) 21 692 38 44
    dario.spini@unil.chExternal Link Icon


    Prof. Eric Widmer
    Université de Genève
    Département de sociologie
    Bd du Pont d'Arve 40
    CH-1211 Genève
    Phone: +41 (0) 22 379 83 02/03
    eric.widmer@unige.chExternal Link Icon

    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Christina Györkös​
    Head of Scientific and Shared Services 
    Université de Lausanne
    Bâtiment Géopolis
    CH-1015 Lausanne 
    Phone: +41 (0) 21 692 38 52
    christina.gyorkos@unil.chExternal Link Icon

  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR LIVES in its third funding period.

    Financing 2010 – 2021 (Swiss francs)

    Funding source




    SNSF grant*




    Funds of Lausanne University*




    Funds of Geneva University*




    Group funds of the project participants




    External funds




    * Contractually agreed funding

  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    ​For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR LIVES consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Thomas Griessen
    NCCR Team
    Swiss National Science Foundation
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Bern
    Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 51
    thomas.griessen@snf.chExternal Link Icon

  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an i​​mportant role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR LIVES:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR LIVES to promote young researchers and gender equality.