Associate Professor in Gerontology, Head of Teaching Programmes
Dr Athina Vlachantoni is Associate Professor in Gerontology within Social Sciences: Ageing/Gerontology at the University of Southampton.
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.
ESRC Centre for Population Change: I currently work with Prof. Falkingham, Prof. Evandrou and Dr Gomez-Leon as part of 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. A recent addition to our programme of work aims to contribute to the debate on the UK’s referendum on exiting the EU, you can link to a description and blogs on this project through the CPC website, on the website of the UK in a changing Europe, and on the blog of the British Society of Gerontology, Ageing Issues.
ESRC Secondary Data Initiative: I recently completed a research project with colleagues Dr Feng, Prof. Falkingham and Prof. Evandrou, which used data from Understanding Society to examine the pension protection of current and future cohorts of pensioners from minority ethnic groups in Britain. Please see my publications for articles from this project, and a relevant blog on Population Europe’s Policy Bites.
ESRC/DFID ESRA project: This project, which also involved Prof. Evandrou and Prof. Falkingham, was funded through the ESRC/DFID/ESRA initiative, was 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 was led by Prof. Evandrou, I explored a range of wellbeing indicators for older persons in the context of a globalizing world using nationally representative datasets. For more information please visit our Centre’s Age-Globe Network page.
EPSRC The Care Life Cycle: I was part of a research team led by Prof. Falkingham, and including colleagues from Demography, Operational Research and Complexity Science, which aimed 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 worked 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. Please visit the CLC website for more details.
ESRC Pathfinders project: Along 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 visit our Research pages.
ESRC Quantitative Methods project: I was involved, with colleagues from Demography/ Social Statistics and Sociology/ Social Policy in a project entitled ‘Researcher Development Initiative: Quantitative Methods’, which was part of a large ESRC initiative aiming at capacity building in quantitative research methods for social scientists in the UK.
Nesta Caiger (ESRC DTC 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?
Caroline Olcott (co-supervised with Dr Elisabeth Schroeder-Butterfill and Dr Gloria Langat)
Topic: Explaining participation levels amongst older Japanese workers: Positive Gerontology or political economy?
Maja Palmer (ESRC CPC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)
Topic: Pathways into informal care provision
Greg Payne (ESRC DTC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Jane Falkingham)
Topic: Investigating the Change in the State Pension Age: Which groups are most affected and how?