Social Sciences

Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill

MSc, DPhil

Primary position:
Lecturer in Gerontology

Background

The University of Southampton

I joined the Centre for Research on Ageing in October 2006. I studied human sciences at Oxford University, then obtained an MSc Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After two years as researcher at Bielefeld University in Germany, I returned to Oxford, where in 2002 I obtained my DPhil. Between 2004 and 2006 I was British Academy postdoctoral research fellow at St Antony’s College and the Institute of Human Sciences at Oxford.

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"I am interested in ageing, the life course and social networks in developing and transitional societies. "

Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth and Fithry, Tengku Syawila (2012) Care dependence in old age: preferences, practices and implications in two Indonesian communities. Ageing and Society, n/a, 1-27. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X12001006).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2012) Differential impacts of migration on the family networks of older people in Indonesia: a comparative analysis. Development and Change (In Press).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2010) Age-structural transition in Indonesia: a comparison of macro- and micro-level evidence. Asian Population Studies, 6, (1), 25-45. (doi:10.1080/17441731003603397).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2008) Indonesia against the trend? Ageing and inter-generational wealth flows in two Indonesian communities. Demographic Research, 19, (52), 1781-1810. (doi:10.4054/DemRes.2008.19.52 ).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2007) Gaps in the family networks of older people in three Indonesian communities. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 22, (1), 1-25. (doi:10.1007/s10823-006-9013-3).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth and Marianti, Ruly (2006) A framework for understanding old-age vulnerabilities. Ageing and Society, 26, (1), 9-35. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X05004423).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth and Marianti, Ruly (2006) Understanding vulnerabilities in old age. Ageing and Society, 26, (1), 3-8. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X0500440X).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2005) The impact of kinship networks on old-age vulnerability in Indonesia. Annales de Démographie Historique, (2), 139-163.
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth and Kreager, Philip (2005) Actual and de facto childlessness in old age: evidence and implications from East Java, Indonesia. Population and Development Review, 31, (1), 19-55. (doi:10.1111/j.1728-4457.2005.00051.x).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2004) Inter-generational family support provided by older people in Indonesia. Ageing and Society, 24, (4), 497-530. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X0400234X).

Book

Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (eds.) (2005) Ageing without children: European and Asian perspectives, Oxford, UK, Berghahn (Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality, 6).

Book Section

Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2013) Le concept de vulnérabilité et sa relation a la fragilité. In, Béland, François and Michel, Hervé (eds.) La fragilité des personnes âgées : Définitions, controverses et perspectives d'action. Rennes, FR, Presses de L'EHESP, 205-228.
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2011) Cultural variations in daughter preference in rural Indonesia. In, Devasahayam, Theresa W. (ed.) Ageing and Gender in Southeast Asia. Singapore, SG, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. (In Press).
Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter and Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2010) “Reformas” a los sistemas de pensiones en Tailandia e Indonesia: Insostenibles e injustas. In, Mercado, Alfonso and Romero, José (eds.) Las Reformas Estructurales en Mexico. , El Colegio de Mexico.
Indrizal, Edi, Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2009) Old-age vulnerability in a matrilineal society: the case of the Minangkabau of Sumatra, Indonesia. In, Sokolovsky, Jay (ed.) The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives Third Edition. Westport, US, Praeger Publishers, 383-394. (doi:10.1336/0275993027).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2005) Adoption, patronage and charity: arrangements for the elderly without children in East Java. In, Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (eds.) Ageing without Children: European and Asian Perspectives. Oxford, Berghahn Books, 106-146. (Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality 6).
Indrizal, E., Kreager, P. and Schroeder-Butterfill, E. (1997) The structural vulnerability of older people in matrilineal society: the Minangkabau of West Sumatra, Indonesia. In, Sokolovsky, Jay (ed.) The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives. Second Edition. Westport, US, Greenwood, 383-394.

Conference or Workshop Item

Schonheinz, Julia and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2010) Ageing + migration = vulnerability? A case to the contrary. In, British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, Exeter, GB,
Kreager, Philip and Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2010) Ageing and gender preferences in rural Indonesia. In, Gender and Ageing in Southeast Asia: Contexts, Concerns and Contradictions, Singapore, SG, 28pp. (In Press).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2007) Age-structural transition in Indonesia: the problem of macro- and micro-linkages. In, International Conference on Population and Development in Asia: Critical Issues for a Sustainable Future, Phuket, Thailand, 20 - 22 Mar 2006.

Monograph

Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2012) Networks, strata and ageing: towards a compositional demography of vulnerability. Southampton, GB, Centre for Research on Ageing, 37pp. (CRA Discussion Paper, 1201).
Radford, Mark, Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria and Schroeder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2011) A literature review on the usefulness of second life as a pedagogic tool in the postgraduate teaching of gerontology and other policy relevant social sciences In the UK. Southampton, GB, Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Paper, 1102).
Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth, Fithry, Tengku Syawila and Dewi, Vita Priantina (2010) The limits of old-age care provision: Preferences and practices in three indonesian communities. , Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton, 22pp. (CRA Discussion Paper, 1001).
Kreager, Philip and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2009) Ageing and gender preferences in rural Indonesia. Southampton, GB, Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Paper 0905).
Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2004) Needs analysis report on training and dialogue programmes for old-age provision in selected Southeast Asian countries. Berlin, Germany, Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung, Economy and Economic Policy Division, 169pp.
 

Research

Research Interests

I am interested in ageing, the life course and social networks in developing and transitional societies. My academic background is interdisciplinary, combining demography, anthropology and sociology, and my research merges qualitative and quantitative methods, with ethnography informing the design and interpretation of survey sources.

Since 1999 I have been conducting research on ageing in Indonesia. Among other things I have studied intergenerational family support; vulnerability in old age; and the role of childlessness, divorce, migration and social stratification in shaping access to support in later life. Consultancy work examined pensions and social security reform. Currently I am investigating kin and community network responses to life course transitions in later life (illness, frailty, bereavement), and the negotiation of responsibilities among network members. This includes analysis of the involvement of semi-formal institutions, such as Islamic and community charity, in support provision. I am also interested in determinants of the quality and acceptability of end-of-life care. This research is being written up as a monograph.

More recently, together with Julia Schonheinz, I have embarked on research examining the local and transnational support networks of older Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. This German-speaking ethnic minority has experienced dramatic outmigration to Germany in recent decades, leaving a predominantly older population in Romania. The research investigates the relative importance of local versus transnational kin support, the role of the church and neighbours, and the emergence of transnational ethnicity-based welfare arrangements.

Contact

Dr Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill
Reception Building 58
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4079

Telephone: (023) 8059 6880
Facsimile: (023) 8059 3859
Email: E.Schroeder-Butterfill@soton.ac.uk