Turning Ageing Population from A Problem to A Source of Sustainability: A Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Approach
- Contact person:
- Ju Liu
- Malmö University – Department of Urban Studies
- Responsible at Malmö University:
- Ju Liu
- Dragana Curovic – Helsingborgshem
- Time frame:
- 01 January 2020 - 31 December 2021
- Research subject:
About the project
An ageing population has been conventionally considered as a problem or a burden of society. Senior citizens are commonly put into a social category of a disadvantaged or vulnerable group as passive receivers of social services. Such perception leads to common practices which focuses on providing help, convenience and aid to the senior people, but to great extent, ignores their knowledge, life experiences, skills and capabilities which are accumulated all their lives and are certainly great assets of the society.
There is no doubt that an ageing population presents great challenges to society. It is a global problem. However, the problem is not the ageing population per se, but the lack of means to make use of the senior citizen’s talents and meet their needs. Addressing the social challenge of an ageing population for sustainable future calls for new perspectives, new thinking and new methods which take ageing population not as a problem but as a source of sustainability.
Innovation toward social sustainability
This project studies an experimental cross-generation and cross-cultural housing project in Helsingborgshem, a real estate company in Helsingborg Sweden. It investigates the institutional context, the organisational process and the social and organisational impacts of the project. It is expected to generate new knowledge for promoting innovation toward social sustainability.