BA, MSc, PhD, PCAP
- Primary position:
- Associate Professor in Gerontology
- Other positions:
- Examinations Officer
"My research interests broadly combine the areas of ageing, gender and social policy."
I joined the Centre for Research on Ageing in 2008 as a lecturer in gerontology, following a year as lecturer in social policy in the Division of Sociology & Social Policy of the University of Southampton. Before that, I completed a PhD in social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) and a BA Social Policy and Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Between 2002 and 2004, I worked as a research officer at the Oxford Institute of Ageing at the University of Oxford. Between 2003 and 2004 I was a college tutor in politics at New College, Oxford, and between 2004 and 2007 I worked as an occasional research assistant and as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Social Policy of the LSE. I am a member of the Social Policy Association and the British Society of Gerontology. I am also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, and an Associate Editor of Ageing & Society.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
Conference or Workshop Item
ESRC Secondary Data Initiative: As part of a team which includes Dr Zhixin Frank Feng, Prof. Falkingham and Prof. Evandrou, I am involved in a project which uses data from the Labour Force Survey and Understanding Society, in order to examine the pension protection of current and future cohorts of pensioners from minority ethnic groups in Britain. Preliminary results were presented at an event organised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/ Essex University
ESRC/DFID ESRA project: This project, which also involves Prof. Evandrou and Prof. Falkingham, is funded through the ESRC/DFID/ESRA initiative, and is aimed at identifying the substantive and methodological lessons of research in the area of poverty alleviation and social pensions, and the gaps where research could contribute in the future.
ANR/DFG/ESRC/NWO with ICSSR: As part of an internationally collaborative project funded by the ESRC with colleagues in the Netherlands and India, which in the UK is led by Prof. Maria Evandrou, I am exploring a range of wellbeing indicators for older persons in the context of a globalizing world using nationally representative datasets.
EPSRC The Care Life Cycle: I am part of a research team led by Prof. Falkingham, and including colleagues from Demography, Operational Research and Complexity Science, which aims to develop a suite of models reflecting the supply and demand for health and social care in the UK. As part of Workstream A of this project, I am working within a number of sub-projects producing empirical evidence for the supply of, and demand for, social care, for example the determinants of transitioning into types of long-term care, the determinants of receiving social care, the socio-economic determinants of the disablement process, and the investigation of unmet need for social care. See the CLC website for more details.
ESRC Centre for Population Change: I am involved, with colleagues from Gerontology and Demography, in the second phase of the ESRC CPC, focusing on a) Increasing longevity and the changing life course, and b) Understanding intergenerational relations & exchange. For more information, please visit the CPC website
ESRC Pathfinders project: I am involved, with colleagues from Southampton, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the University of Witwatersrand/Agincourt DSS and the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, in a project exploring the impact of internal labour migration on intergenerational support and wellbeing of children and older people in China and South Africa. For more information, see here.
ESRC Quantitative Methods project: I am involved, with colleagues from Demography/ Social Statistics and Sociology/ Social Policy in a project entitled ‘Researcher Development Initiative: Quantitative Methods’, which is part of a large ESRC initiative aiming at capacity building in quantitative research methods for social scientists in the UK.
Southampton Policy Commission
In collaboration with Dr Aravinda Meera Guntupalli, I am examining patterns of fuel poverty and food poverty among older people in the UK, with a view to contributing to the policy-relevant debate on the choice faced by vulnerable older persons between heating their home and eating nutritious and regular meals. This research is kindly supported by the ESRC CPC, Ageing USRG and Population Health USRG - for more information visit: http://publicpolicy.southampton.ac.uk/policy-commissions/inauguralpolicycommissions/#sthash.8Bi8gH1B.dpuf
Nesta Caiger (ESRC DRC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)
Topic: ‘Living longer, working longer: implications for health, well-being and policy'
Yekai Chen (co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)
Topic: ‘Meeting social care needs and its impact on well-being of older people ‘left-behind' in rural China'
Sara Johnson (co-supervised with Dr Rosalind Willis)
Topic: Battle Ready: Individual cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia – what are informal carer’s views and experiences?
Greg Payne (co-supervised with Prof. Jane Falkingham)
Topic: Investigating the Change in the State Pension Age: Which groups are most affected and how?
Jinpil Um (ESRC DTC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Asghar Zaidi)
Topic: 'A comparative study of the income mobility of older people in England and South Korea: an investigation into the trends and causes of the income risks within retirement'
Alison Wadey (ESRC DTC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)
Topic: ‘The ageing health and social care workforce: characteristics and policy implications'
Kathryn Wicks (EPSRC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)
Topic: ‘The negotiating of social care support for older people: a study of the perspectives of older people, their families and policy stakeholders'
Sarah Wo (ESRC DTC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Jane Falkingham)
Topic: 'Unravelling the impact of divorce on pension outcomes: comparing cohorts of women'
GERO6010 Perspectives in Gerontology (DL) (Co-convenor with Dr Jane Parry)
GERO6018 Perspectives in Gerontology (Co-convenor with Dr Jane Parry)
GERO6022 Poverty and social protection around the world (DL) (Convenor)
GERO6025 Policy evaluation for ageing societies (Co-convenor)
GERO6026 Global perspectives in Gerontology (DL) (Co-convenor with Philippa Waterhouse)
GERO6027 Ageing in China and South-east Asia (DL) (Co-convenor with Dr Rachel Bennett)