2022 Data-Intensive Research Conference

July 20 - 21, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN & Online

The Network for Data-Intensive Research on Aging (NDIRA) is proud to sponsor the 2022 Data-Intensive Research Conference. We are planning on an in-person conference with virtual components; however, we continue to monitor the public health situation related to COVID-19 and will convert to a fully virtual event if warranted. 

2022 Conference Theme: Contextualizing Work and Health Disparities across the Life Course

COVID-19 has changed conventions around work and health while also highlighting and exacerbating disparities. These changes are taking place alongside technological innovations, globalization, shifting economies, and changing demographics of places and the workforce. The 2022 Data-Intensive Research Conference will showcase research that explores disparities in work and health within and across particular contexts and demographic subgroups in the U.S. and international settings. View call for papers.

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  • Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport (MSP) is the nearest airport and has convenient ground transportation options: light rail (~50 minutes) or ride share/taxi service (~20 minutes) to the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Minneapolis.

Possible Research Topics

We welcome submissions on any topic related to work and health disparities with an emphasis on aging or a later life course perspective. We look forward to an engaging event that explores disparities in health and work, with a broad definition of work, including formal work, job loss, caregiving, and unpaid or other informal work. Some examples include inequality in:

  • Occupational exposures and later-life health outcomes
  • Trade-offs between formal work and caregiving
  • Labor force churn during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Well-being and informal or unpaid work
  • Relationships between health behavior and employment status changes
  • Comparative perspectives on work and health 
  • Methods for leveraging population data to study later life course and aging populations
  • Working longer and retirement timing

Pre-Conference Workshop

A pre-conference workshop intended for NDIRA members (membership is free, join NDIRA now) interested in learning more about IPUMS data and leveraging it for aging and life course research will be held immediately before the conference on July 18-19. The workshop will provide a general overview of available data, highlight data resources related t the conference theme, provide opportunities to work with the data and discuss ideas with workshop facilitators and other participants.

The pre-conference workshop will be held in conjunction with a workshop hosted by NCHAT. Pre-conference workshop attendees may choose to participate in cross-over sessions to learn more about NCHAT data.

*Workshop participants are expected to also attend the conference on July 20-21.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

We look forward to a hybrid event that allows for many participants to gather together in-person. We are also committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of in-person participants. We recognize that as the public health situation around COVID-19 changes, requirements may also change.

In addition to any local or national requirements in place at the time of the conference, we ask that all conference and workshop participants wear masks that fully cover their nose and mouth while indoors. We also strongly encourage attendees to be fully vaccinated (including a booster dose).

For reference, we are linking the University of Minnesota’s current prevention and wellbeing guidelines.

Please email [email protected] with any questions about the 2022 Data-Intensive Research Conference.

See details about the 2021 Data-Intensive Research Conference.