Social Sciences: Ageing/Gerontology

Athina Vlachantoni

BA, MSc, PhD, PCAP

Primary position:
Associate Professor in Gerontology
Other positions:
Admissions Tutor, Examinations Officer

Background

The University of Southampton

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.

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"My research interests broadly combine the areas of ageing, gender and social policy."

Publications

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

Article

Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Feng, Zhixin and Vlachantoni, Athina (2014) Individual and province inequalities in health among older people in China: evidence and policy implications. Health & Place, 30, 134-144. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.009). (PMID:25262491).
Robards, James, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2014) Mortality at older ages and moves in residential and sheltered housing: evidence from the UK. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68, (6), 524-529. (doi:10.1136/jech-2013-203097).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2013) The determinants of receiving social care in later life in England. Ageing and Society, 1-25. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X1300072X).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Robards, James (2013) Informal care, health and mortality. Maturitas, 74, (2), 114-118. (doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.10.013).
Robards, James, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Marital status, health and mortality. Maturitas, 73, (4), 295-299. (doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.08.007).
Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Financial resources and gender in older people. Maturitas, 72, 104-107. (doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.02.015).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2011) Measuring unmet need for social care amongst older people. Population Trends, 145, (1), Autumn Issue, 60-76. (doi:10.1057/pt.2011.17).
Sefton, Tom, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) The relationship between women’s work histories and incomes in later life in the UK, US and West Germany. Journal of European Social Policy, 21, (1), 20-36. (doi:10.1177/0958928710380475).
Vlachantoni, A. (2010) Gender and pension individualisation: the case of Greece. South European Society and Politics, 15, (2), 225-245.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2010) Attempts to extend radically the human lifespan should be welcomed not feared. ESRC Social Science For Schools
Vlachantoni, A. (2010) Book review. Zaidi, A. (2008) Well-being of older people in ageing societies. Aldershot: Ashgate. Journal of Social Policy, 39, (3), 493-494.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2007) Gender and the politics of the 1990-92 pension reforms in Greece. Policy and Politics, 35, (2), 337-352. (doi:10.1332/030557307780712942).
Vlachantoni, Athina (2007) Gender and the politics of the 1990-2 pension reforms in Greece. Policy and Politics, 35, (2), 337-352. (doi:10.1332/030557307780712942).

Book

Vlachantoni, Athina (2009) Women, politics and pensions: pension reform in Greece between 1975-2002, Cologne, Germany, Lambert Academic Publishing

Book Section

Brailsford, Sally C., Evandrou, Maria, Luff, Rebekah, Shaw, Richard, Viana, Joe, Vlachantoni, Athina and Willis, Rosalind (2012) Using system dynamics to model the social care system: simulation modeling as the catalyst in linking demography to care delivery. In, Laroque, C., Himmelspach, J., Pasupathy, R., Rose, O. and Uhrmacher, A.M. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference. Winter Simulation Conference 2012 , INFORMS.
Vlachantoni, Athina and Falkingham, Jane (2012) Gender and old-age pension protection in Asia. In, Social Protection for Older Persons: Social Pensions in Asia. Mandaluyong, PH, Asian Development Bank, 120-136.
Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Social protection for older people in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. In, Social Protection for Older Persons: Social Pensions in Asia. Mandaluyong, PH, Asian Development Bank, 246-278.
Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Demography. In, Alcock, Pete, May, Margaret and Wright, Sharon (eds.) The Student's Companion to Social Policy, 4th edition. Chichester, GB, Wiley, 145-152.
Noble, Jason, Silverman, Eric, Bijak, Jakub, Rossiter, Stuart, Evandrou, Maria, Bullock, Seth, Vlachantoni, Athina and Falkingham, Jane (2012) Linked lives: the utility of an agent-based approach to modelling partnership and household formation in the context of social care. In, Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference 2012 (WSC2012). Berlin, DE, WSC.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) A good step forward but not far enough? The provision of care credits in European pension systems. In, Addis, Elisabetta, de Villota, Paloma, Degavre, Florence and Eriksen, John (eds.) Gender and Well-Being: the Role of Institutions. Farnham, GB, Ashgate, 163-182. (Gender and Well-Being).
Vlachantoni, A. (2011) Still disadvantaged? Women in modern pension systems. In, Sargeant, M. (ed.) Age Discrimination and Diversity. Multiple Discrimination from an Age Perspective. , Cambridge University Press, 65-88.
Falkingham, Jane, Evandrou, Maria and Vlachantoni, Athina (2010) Gender, poverty and pensions in the UK. In, Chant, Sylvia (ed.) International Handbook on Gender and Poverty. Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 232-237.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2010) The effects of ageing on social security and employment in Europe. In, Ageing and Politics. Consequences for Asia and Europe. Singapore, SG, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 73-90.

Conference or Workshop Item

Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2014) Ethnicity and occupational pension membership in the UK. In, British Society of Gerontology, 01 - 03 Sep 2014. Southampton, GB,
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2014) Examining differentials in pension prospects for minority ethnic groups in the UK. In, Research Methods Festival, Oxford, GB, 08 - 10 Jul 2014.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2014) Differentials in pension prospects for minority ethnic groups in the UK. In, European Population Conference, Budapest, HU, 25 - 28 Jun 2014.
Feng, Zhixin, Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2014) Neighbourhood effects and pension protection amongst ethnic minorities in England and Wales. In, Association of American Geographers, Tampa, US, 08 - 11 Apr 2014.
Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Feng, Zhixin and Vlachantoni, Athina (2013) Individual and province inequalities in health among older people in China: evidence and policy implications. In, Inaugural Worldwide Universities Network Global China Conference, Hong Kong, HK, 05 - 06 Dec 2013. , 1-40.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2013) Differentials in pension protection amongst ethnic minorities in Britain. In, Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, US, 20 - 24 Nov 2013.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Maslovskaya, Olga, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2013) Examining the determinants of moving into residential care and sheltered accommodation. In, British Society of Gerontology, Oxford, GB, 11 - 13 Sep 2013.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, Jane (2013) Older people's receipt of social support in England. In, British Society of Population Studies, 09 - 11 Sep 2013.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2013) Differentials in pension protection amongst ethnic minorities in the UK. At International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Korea, Republic of, KR,
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2013) Pensions protection for minority ethnic groups in Britain: Determinants, prospects and policy implications. At Annual Conference of the Social Policy Association 2013, Sheffield, GB, 1pp.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Feng, Zhixin (2013) Pension protection for minority ethnic groups in Britain: determinants, prospects and policy implications. ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative Networking Event, London, GB, 06 - 07 Jun 2013.
Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Maslovskaya, Olga and Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) What determines an older person’s move into sheltered accommodation and residential care? At Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America, 14 - 18 Nov 2012. 1pp. (doi:10.1093/geront/gns201).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2012) How do we measure unmet need for social care in later life? In, 65th Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America (2012), 14 - 18 Nov 2012. (doi:10.1093/geront/gns201).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2012) What determines the receipt of formal paid, formal state or informal social support in later life? At Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America, 14 - 18 Nov 2012. 1pp. (doi:10.1093/geront/gns201).
Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Caring in later life: patterns and policy implications. In, British Society of Population Studies conference, Nottingham, GB, 10 - 12 Sep 2012.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2012) Pensions among older people from ethnic minorities: patterns and prospects. In, BSG2012: British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Keele, UK, 11 - 13 Jul 2012.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Round-the-clock carers: who are they and how are they faring? In, British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 11 - 13 Jul 2012.
Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Maslovskaya, Olga and Vlachantoni, Athina (2012) Transitions into sheltered accommodation and residential care in later life: evidence from the British household panel survey (1991-2008). In, European Association of Population Studies: Gender, Policies and Population, Stockholm, SE, 13 - 16 Jun 2012.
Brailsford, Sally, Silverman, Eric, Rossiter, Stuart, Bijak, Jakub, Shaw, Richard, Viana, Joe, Noble, Jason, Efstathiou, Sophia and Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) Complex systems modeling for supply and demand in health and social care. Winter Simulation Conference 2011, Phoenix, US, 11 - 14 Dec 2011. 12pp. (Submitted).
Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane, Maslovskaya, Olga and Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) Transitions into residential care in later life: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2009. In, British Society of Population Studies, York, GB, 07 - 09 Sep 2011.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) A gendered experience of caring in later life: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. In, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Plymouth, GB, 05 - 07 Jul 2011.
Shaw, Richard, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2011) The determinants of receipt of social care: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. In, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, 05 - 07 Jul 2011.
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2011) Investigating unmet need for social care amongst older people. In, British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, 05 - 07 Jul 2011.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2009) Care credits in the British pension system. In, British Society of Gerontology, Bristol, 2009.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2009) Care credits in the British pension system. In, 2009 Conference of the Social Policy Association, Edinburgh, UK, 2009.
Vlachantoni, A. (2009) Care credits in the German and British pension systems. In, 19th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, 05 - 09 Jul 2009.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2008) One step forward and two steps back? The provision of care credits in European pension systems. In, Gender and Well-being Network COST Action A34, Madrid, ES, 24 - 27 Jun 2008.
Vlachantoni, Athina (2008) Workshop chair: pensions international workshop: 'Occupational pensions and labour market flexibility, centre for research on ageing, University of Southampton. In, International Workshop 'Occupational Pensions and Labour Market Flexibility', Southampton, UK, 09 May 2008.
Vlachantoni, A. and Frericks, P. (2008) Women and pensions. In, 6th Annual European Social Policy Association Network Conference 2008 (ESPAnet 2008), Helsinki, Finland, 18 - 20 Sep 2008. Helsinki, Finland, Finnish Centre for Pensions (Eläketurvakeskus).
Vlachantoni, A. (2007) Gender and the politics of pension reform in Greece. In, Social Policy Association Conference, Birmingham, UK, 23 - 25 Jul 2007.
Vlachantoni, A. (2006) Gender and the politics of pension reform: a tale of invisibility and of absence. In, European Social Policy Analysis Network (ESPAnet) Annual Conference, Bremen, Germany, 21 - 23 Sep 2006. (Submitted).
Vlachantoni, A. (2006) Gender and the politics of pension reform in Greece, 1975-2002. In, LSE Social Policy Department Research Students Seminar Series, London, UK, Nov 2006.
Vlachantoni, A. (2005) Greek pension reform and the change from within. In, LSE Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium, London, GB, LSE.
Vlachantoni, A. (2005) Greek pension reform and the 'change from within'. In, European Social Policy Association Network (ESPAnet) Young Researchers' Workshop, Bath, UK, 01 - 02 Apr 2005. University of Bath.
Vlachantoni, A. (2004) Gender and institutional change: the case of pension reform. In, European Social Policy Association Network (ESPAnet) Young Researchers' Workshop, Aalborg, Denmark, Sep 2004. University of Aalborg.
Harper, S. and Vlachantoni, A. (2004) The retirement aspirations of older self-employed workers in the UK. In, Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, Surrey, UK, Sep 2004.
Vlachantoni, A. (2003) "Late-life work and retirement aspirations of women in the UK". In, Annual Conference of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Boston, USA, Jun 2003. Institute for Women's Policy Research.
Harper, S. and Vlachantoni, A. (2002) New technological based firms, late life work and retirement aspirations. In, Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology, Birmingham, GB, University of Birmingham.

Monograph

Falkingham, Jane, Evandrou, Maria and Vlachantoni, Athina , McGowan, Teresa (ed.) (2014) Exploring the link between demographic change and poverty in the UK. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 37pp. (ESRC Centre for Population Change Working Paper, 54).
Shaw, Richard J., Vlachantoni, Athina, Evandrou, Maria and Falkingham, Jane (2012) Disablement in later life: moving beyond health determinants? Southampton, GB, University of Southampton (Care Life Cycle Discussion Papers, 1).
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).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah (2011) Measuring unmet need for social care among older people. Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change, 4pp. (Centre for Population Change Briefing Paper, 3).
Vlachantoni, Athina, Shaw, Richard, Willis, Rosalind, Evandrou, Maria, Falkingham, Jane and Luff, Rebekah , McGowan, Teresa (ed.) (2011) Measuring unmet need for social care among older people. Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change, 4pp. (ESRC Centre for Population Change Briefing Papers 3).
Vlachantoni, Athina and Falkingham, Jane (2011) Exploring gender and pensions in Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton, 43pp. (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Papers 1101).
Falkingham, Jane and Vlachantoni, Athina (2010) Pensions and social protection in central Asia and south Caucasus: developments in the post-Soviet era. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Papers 1002).
Vlachantoni, Athina (2009) Individualised pensions and women in Greece: caveats and opportunities. Southampton, City of, GB, Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Paper (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Series 0906).
Vlachantoni, Athina (2008) The provision of care credits in European pension systems. Southampton, GB, University of Southampton (Centre for Research on Ageing Discussion Papers 0801).
 

Research

Research Interests

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



PhD Students

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'

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Responsibilities

Examinations Officer

Teaching Responsibilities

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)

Contact

Dr Athina Vlachantoni
Centre for Research on Ageing
Social Sciences
University of Southampton
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4095

Telephone: (023) 8059 8940
Facsimile: (023) 8059 8649
Email: A.Vlachantoni@soton.ac.uk