Principal Investigators

Feliciano Villar

Full Professor

Active aging

Research team


Montserrat Celdran

Associate Professor


Cristina Portellano

Postdoctoral Researcher


Vanesa Viñas

Early Stage Researcher

Research Interest


This programme focuses on researching pathological and normative ageing and disabilities. It includes the study of generative activities in older age and the determinants and impact of older people involvement in volunteering tasks or as political activists. Also, it addresses long-term residential settings policies and practices, particularly those addressed to guarantee residents’ rights and opportunities for participating. Furthermore, this programme tackles the field of pathological ageing: disability and dependence, including quality of life, carer burden and anosognosia in Alzheimer’s disease; and normative ageing: studying depression, cognitive decline, personality, loneliness and health.

Technologies & Methods


  • Empirical studies with data from SHARE (survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe)

Active Projects


    • Envejecer en los márgenes: hacia una visión más inclusiva del envejecimiento activo. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PID2020-116117GB-I00. Feliciano Villar.


    • Grup d’Investigació en Gerontologia. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. 2017SGR768. Feliciano Villar.


    • Trayectorias asociadas al género en la exclusión de las relaciones sociales en la vejez y sus consecuencias para la salud y bienestar: una perspectiva de ciclo vital. Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. PCI2019-103627. Feliciano Villar.

Selected Publications


    • Cannella, V., Villar, F., Serrat, R., & Tulle, E. (2021). Psychosocial Aspects of Participation in Competitive Sports Among Older Athletes: A Scoping Review. The Gerontologist, gnab083. Advance online publication.


    • Celdrán, M., Serrat, R., & Villar, F. (2021). Post-Traumatic Growth among Older People after the Forced Lockdown for the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 24, e43.


    • Hansen, T., Kafková, M. P., Katz, R., Lowenstein, A., Naim, S., Pavlidis, G., Villar, F., Walsh, K., & Aartsen, M. (2021). Exclusion from Social Relations in Later Life: Micro- and Macro-Level Patterns and Correlations in a European Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(23), 12418.


    • Serrat, R., Chacur-Kiss, K., & Villar, F. (2021). Ageing Activisms: A Narrative Exploration of Older Adults’ Experiences of Political Participation. Sociological Research Online.


    • Serrat, R., Chacur-Kiss, K., & Villar, F. (2021). Breaking the win-win narrative: The dark side of older people’s political participation. Journal of Aging Studies, 56, 100911.


    • Villar, F., Chacur, K., Celdrán, M., & Serrat, R. (2021). Managing apathy among people with dementia living in institutional settings: Staff’s perceived gap between common and best practices. Geriatric Nursing, 42(3), 613–620.