The Fairness Community of Practice at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Monitoring, Indicators and Impact Evaluation Unit invites you to an online event on:
Loneliness in the EU – Cross-cutting Issues for Research
The event is part of a webinar series on fairness and related issues
organised by the Fairness Community of Practice. For details on the upcoming events please see the Fairness CoP page.
- applied sciences | social inequality | social media
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Why focus on loneliness?
- Loneliness is linked to a number of health issues. Loneliness, living alone and poor social connections are as bad for one’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2010).
- Measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 has magnified the problem. In the first months following the COVID-19 outbreak, the proportion of EU citizens feeling lonely more than half of the time doubled to around 25% (JRC report).
- Loneliness affects all age groups. Even though the elderly may be more socially isolated than other age groups, they do not report more frequent feelings of loneliness (d’Hombres et al. 2021).
- Loneliness and social isolation are not just harmful to mental and physical health but can also have significant consequences for social cohesion and community trust.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been working on the topic of loneliness since 2018 when it first analysed the incidence and determinants of loneliness in Europe. In 2021-2023 a broad series of activities will take place in the context of a European Parliament pilot project on monitoring loneliness in Europe. The European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, in collaboration with the JRC, will carry out a number of tasks including the collection of pan-European data on loneliness, a review of existing literature and identification of knowledge gaps, and the establishment of a web platform to monitor loneliness over time and across Europe.
The JRC Fairness Community of Practice event fostered an informed dialogue and knowledge sharing on some of the key aspects and cross-cutting issues for loneliness research.
- Izabella Györfi, Assistant to the Head of Cabinet of Vice President Šuica.
Manuela Barreto, Prof. of Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter.
Luzia Heu, Assistant Prof. in Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University.
Rebecca Nowland, Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire.
- Béatrice d’Hombres, Project Leader at JRC.
The event will be moderated by:
- Francesco Berlingieri, Socio-Economic Analyst at JRC.