The Research centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO) originated from the Panel Study on Belgian Households (PSBH). For 11 years, PSBH collected the Belgian panel data for the ECHP. After the closure of PSBH, the research horizon widened to the broader field of family sociology and sociology of labour. At this moment, the centre is active on several domains in the social sciences whereby the life course perspective is central, both theoretically and empirically. Both fundamental and policy oriented research projects are carried out.
The research team in the sociology of family concentrates on the study of causes and consequences of important life course transitions. More specifically, the emphasis lies on the study of the loss of a partner either through divorce or by the death of the partner.
In the research team in the sociology of labour, the emphasis lies on the analysis of careers and the consequences of individual career transitions on the further development of the career. Other topics concern the quality of careers and the early leave problematic after the age of 50. On the crossroad with the sociology of family, the research focuses on the work-life balance.
Third, the centre has a methodological tradition. Continuing the long history of data collection, grounded in the Panel Study of Belgian Households, CELLO co-operates in many national and international data collection projects. An extensive expertise is available on both CAPI-interviewing and postal surveys. To this end, the centre has a pool of trained interviewers available for large data collections. Next, an extensive experience is available on both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and analysis techniques. This experience is shared through personal advice and teaching assignments in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Antwerp. In order to unlock statistical literature for students and researchers, practice-based textbooks have been published in the MTSO-INFO series and the Step in Statistics and Research series (Acco).