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ERC Consolidator Grant to Torkild Hovde Lyngstad

Torkild Hovde Lyngstad has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant

Realization of human potential

In the ERC Consolidator Grant project "Societal openness, normative flux, and the social modification of heritability" Lyngstad will look at the importance of genetics, environments and their interactions in family demography and social stratification.

The project will combine techniques from molecular and behavior genetics with high-quality population register data and strong theorization and measurement of socio-environmental factors from the social sciences. 

Lyngstad argues that research about social stratification and family demography is of high relevance to policymakers and society at large.

– Family demographic change, leading to low fertility and high dissolution rates, affects household structures, child and adult well-being, and, ultimately, population health and mortality. A better understanding of fundamental causes of family demographic and stratification processes and, implicitly, the restriction or realization of human potential and quality of population health, is imperative, says Lyngstad.  

Scientific excellence

The European Research Council (ERC) funds outstanding researchers and excellent ideas. The award of a grant from ERC is among the most prestigious funding a researcher can receive.

ERC grants are awarded through open competition, and the sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence.


Lyngstad is an experienced sociologist/demographer. His main expertise lies in family demography, but he has published on a number of other fields including health and family, residential segregation, crime and family and others. He has published widely in international sociology and demography journals, including Demography, Population Studies and the European Sociological Review.

By Hilde H Holsten
Published Nov. 29, 2018 12:04 PM - Last modified Oct. 19, 2021 1:30 PM