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Ageing and the Life Course

The following people are in this group:

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We are an inter-disciplinary team of researchers with complementary skills and expertise in this broad and expanding research field of social gerontology: members are drawn from the Research Centres at the School for Policy Studies; some of us have worked together as a team as well as independently; and our research analyses link theories, policies and practices. The programme has recently been expanded to include academic staff from other University Departments.

Tony Watts (Chair, Southwest Forum on Ageing) is also a member.

The members actively engage in research funded by a wide range of funding bodies, including research councils, charities, and specialist funding initiatives:
Economic and Social Research Council

  • Medical Research Council</li>
  • National Institute of Health Research School for Social Care Research<
  • European Commission</li>
  • Charitable foundations such as the Nuffield Foundation, Age Concern/Help the Aged (now Age UK), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Other national and global funding bodies such as the National Prevention Research Initiative and World Cancer Research Fund
  • Local governments and agencies
  • Primary Care Trusts and other NHS partners
  • Independent, statutory and voluntary organisations
  • Overseas foundations
  • New Dynamics of Ageing
  • Lifelong Health and Well-Being Initiative

Our research covers policy and practice responses relevant to both individual and societal ageing, using both qualitative and quantitative methods and based in a range of geographical areas.  Our research is local, national and international and in recent years has been focused particularly on housing, health-related physical activity and nutrition, health and social care, health and well-being, mental health, and poverty and social exclusion.