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Vera Gallistl, MA

Address:A-1090 Wien, Rooseveltplatz 2
Room:R 304
Phone:+43 (1) 4277-49214
eFax:+43 (1) 4277-849214

Reserach Interests:

  • Sociology of Ageing
  • Social Inequalities in Old Age
  • Socio-Gerontechnology
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Artistic Expression in Later Life


Research Projects:

PhD Fellow, COST-Action CA15122 „Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion“ (ROSEnet)

ACCESS – Supporting digital literacy and appropriation of ICT by older people (2018-2021)

Project leader: Franz Kolland

Research staff: Vera Gallistl

Digital media and new technologies can support older persons’ wellbeing and enrich their every-day lives. However, seniors face a multitude of obstacles and hindrances when taking on these modern technologies. ACCESS explores, implements and evaluates new modes of socially embedded learning opportunities for older persons with low technical skills in order to enable them to gain experiences and sustainable knowledge and skills regarding modern technology and find meaningful ways for its every- day use. To achieve this, different learning settings (i.a. formal and informal) will be examined and further developed in combination with different forms of learning (courses, senior-to-senior, negotiation spaces) as new learning opportunities. Furthermore, a stationary as well as a mobile demo kit of assistive technologies will be assembled accompanied by a training concept for learning providers and organisations to spark discourse and provide opportunities for improvement on the technological side.

Funding: JPI "More Years Better Lives"

Living in old age – housing requirements and perceptions of older adults in Austria (2017-2019)

Project leader: Franz Kolland

Research staff:  Vera Gallistl, Rebekka Rohner, Julia Wenzel

With new generations reaching the stage of age in Austria, requirements of accommodation of the elderly are in a state of flux. Gerontologic research results show that future generations of elderly people are going to have high expectations when it comes to a safe and activity-oriented standard of living in later life stages. At the same time social differentiation in later life stages leads to a variety of identities, livelihoods and social backgrounds – with this also the needs of the elderly in Austria become more versatile. 

The aim of this research project is to generate empirically recordable and differentiated knowledge of housing requirements and perceptions of new generations of seniors in Austria. Two representative surveys with people 60 years and older in Austria (2017,2019) will identify requirements of older adults’ housing preferences, wishes and requirements in Austria. 

Funding: SeneCura Kliniken- und HeimebetriebsgmbH

Barriers to older people’s access to cultural education – ‘Mainstreaming Ageing‘ in cultural education (2016-2018)

Project leader: Franz Kolland

Research staff:  Vera Gallistl, Viktoria Parisot, Julia Wenzel

Demographic change is making the learning and educational opportunities for the elderly increasingly important, especially the aspect of cultural education which, in this process, gains international importance. Therefore, mission statements of organisations increasingly include diversity concepts and declarations regarding the inclusion of and equality for the elderly. Against a backdrop of the fundamental right to education and cultural participation, this study examines, at multiple levels, how is such access regulated and if, or how, the elderly are at a disadvantage. On the socio-structural level, the question arises as to which factors lead to a social disadvantage. It is a matter of interaction between socio-structural disadvantages and disadvantages arising in connection with changing governance arrangements and constellations in educational and cultural institutions. What approaches, concepts and organisational cultures lead to exclusion and which are necessary for greater participation of the elderly in cultural education? The study will investigate the potentials of cultural education in terms of the development of specific competencies for successful and active ageing, and will examine the extent to which the provisions on the organisation level are reproduced and solidified by age images. For this purpose, we will use research findings from the educational sociology and from gerontology culture and the approaches to governance and governmentality research. On the basis of the results, a toolkit will be created in combination with appropriate literature that will support the successful implementation of Mainstreaming Ageing in cultural institutions and age-sensitive approaches in cultural education.

Funding: Austrian National Bank




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