Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population

29/04/2018 Andrzej Klimczuk


Frontiers Media in collaboration with the journals Frontiers in Sociology and Frontiers in Public Health is opening a call for international experts to contribute to an open-access article collection on: "Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population"


Guest Editors:

Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland

Łukaz Tomczyk, Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków, Poland


The abstract submission deadline is 27 June 2018.

The manuscript submission deadline is 24 October 2018.


Visit the collection homepage for the full description of the project. 


About this Research Topic:


In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the development of social innovation both regarding theory as well as the practice of responding to social problems and challenges. One of the crucial challenges at the beginning of the 21st century is population ageing. Various new and innovative initiatives, programs, schemes, and projects to respond to negative consequences of this demographic process are emerging around the world. However, social theories related to ageing are still insufficiently combined with these new practices, social movements, organisational models, and institutions. Many scholars are still using notions and tools from classical theories of social gerontology or the sociology of ageing such as disengagement theory, activity theory, and successful and productive ageing. Such theories do not sufficiently explain ageing in the context of, for example, a broad use of the information and communications technologies (ICTs) including robotics and automation, new healthcare and long-term care models, advancements in the development and governance of age-friendly environments, and public engagement of older adults into co-production of services delivered by public, private, non-governmental as well as non-formal entities.


In this Research Topic, papers are welcomed critically evaluating the existing social perspectives and theories in the field of ageing, introducing innovative approaches and comparative studies. Researchers from areas such as sociology, pedagogy, public policy, economics, management, and public health are invited to submit manuscripts. The contributions can be based on theoretical studies as well as the implementation of social innovation and programs addressed at ageing and older people. Reviews and papers on philosophical and ethical issues are also welcome.


Keywords: ageing, ageing, older adults, older people, social gerontology, sociology of ageing, sociology of ageing, ICT, robotics, social innovation, care, caregivers, age-friendly, public health, long-term care, healthcare, governance, NGOs


Contributing authors will benefit from:

- High visibility with eBook and Frontier Media research network

- Rigorous, transparent and fast peer review

- 10% discount on publishing fees

- Advanced impact metrics


More information:

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- Publishing fees including institutional memberships and fee-waiver program.

- Author Guidelines.


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