International Collaboration

We collaborate with international research partners on the topic of later life work to provide a multilingual measurement instrument and to improve the working conditions for aging workforces worldwide.

  • China
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Spain



Hila Axelrad holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is a senior researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and a researcher in the School of Social and Policy Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Her research and teaching expertise is labor economics, with a particular focus on economic and policy aspects regarding the challenges faced by the aging population in Israel and worldwide. She has conducted extensive research on discrimination, employment, unemployment, and retirement.

This research will increase knowledge about employer perspectives on work in later life and in retirement. It will improve our understanding of the employer perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of work at older ages and identify details concerning the demand side, details which can incentivize employers to hire and retain older workers. In the research we will detail dimensions that must be taken into account and the costs, if any, of increasing the retirement age for employers and organizations.


Michela Vignoli is a Senior Assistant Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology at the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Trento where she coordinates the Lab (Well-Being at Work Laboratory). She obtained her PhD at the University of Bologna and her dissertation focused on how to enhance employees' well-being.

Her research interests focus on well-being at work and aging and retirement processes and her studies have been published in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Career Development, International Journal of Human Resource Management and International Journal of Psychology.

The more time passes, the more it is important to understand aging processes in the organisations. Organisations need reliable tools in order to assess whether they are correctly dealing with complex processes such as aging. Research on the Later Life Workplace Index can support organisations in dealing with these potential issues by providing reliable and scientific-based instruments.


Eduardo Oliveira holds a PhD in Management by the University of Porto and is the Economics and HRM Master Course Director at University of Porto. He was also an Academic Visitor at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford and is currently a member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.

Eduardo Oliveira’s research focuses on ageing workforces, age management and ageism in the workplace. He has authored several publications in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Personnel Review, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied).

The Later Life Workplace Index project hits the spotlight by underlining the role organizations can play in a context of ageing workforces and longer working lives. Thus, the cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Later Life Workplace Index to Portugal is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between academics interested in ageing workforces and organizations facing this demographic trend in most Western societies. Portugal is no exception and transnational collaboration is key to build solid assessment tools for organizations to use in the context of the current demographic shift.


Cristina García-Ael is an Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the National Distance Education University (UNED). 

Her research focuses on women's leadership advancement, examining both situational barriers and individual strategies. Other lines of research include prejudice and discrimination towards different minority groups. Her research appears in academic publications such as International Entrepreneurship and Management JournalFrontiers in PsychologyCurrent PsychologyJournal of Happiness Studies, and Social Indicators Research. Her new research interest focuses on the area of psychology of sustainability and sustainable development.

At the present time ageing workforces and longer working lives pose a dilemma for both economies and organizations. The LLWI project bridges the gap between political discourse and actual practice in organizations by implementing substantial measures aimed at adjusting working conditions to the needs of older workers. For us playing a part in the LLWI project means not only promoting lifelong learning for ageing workers, but also contributing in the long term to an age-sensitive workplace design and new management concepts.

Gabriela Topa is an Associate Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the National Distance Education University (UNED). She has recently been positively evaluated for the position of Full Professor. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2004. Her doctoral dissertation focused on psychological contract breach among Spanish professional soldiers.

Her current research is devoted to retirement, bridge employment, and financial planning for retirement. She has developed both empirical and meta-analytical research. Her work has been published in Journal of Vocational BehaviorJournal of NeurosciencePsychology and EconomicsEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational PsychologyJournal of Aging and HealthPersonality and Individual DifferencesPlosONE, and Voluntas, among others. She is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychology, Organizational Section, BMC Public Health, Cogent Psychology, and Psychology Research and Applications. Her recent research activities are mainly focused on the new research area of psychology of sustainability and sustainable development. Outcomes of these activities are recent publications in Sustainability as well as International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, among other journals.