Ageing Futures

We are interested in the ageing population, both nationally and globally. We look at policies and practices across different areas and different periods of time.

We aim to improve well-being and quality of life in older age.

The group

The Ageing Futures research group are an interdisciplinary team of researchers. We bring together School for Policy Studies' research and the University's Research Network on Ageing. This research culture includes partners beyond academia.

Our motives and interests

Quality of life and well-being in older age are significantly influenced by experiences, choices and constraints in earlier life. Now, with an ageing population, older people have never been higher on the policy agenda.

Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, recent research has focused particularly on:

  • housing
  • health-related physical activity and nutrition
  • health and social care
  • health and well-being
  • mental health
  • poverty
  • social exclusion.

Research in these areas is being conducted across the faculty from different perspectives, theoretical standpoints and methodological approaches.


The goal of our group is to identify similar research and connect researchers and postgraduate students. We want to help develop scientific research ideas, support funding bids and support our members throughout the research process.

We also want to encourage networking and sharing knowledge through organising events such as:

  • seminars
  • conferences
  • workshops
  • bringing in high profile speakers
  • online forums 
  • skype research 'scrums'
  • an ALC research blog.

Looking to join us?

We welcome staff and postgraduate students from across the faculty. 

If you are interested in joining our group, then please email one of the group leaders below with details of your relevant research interests:

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