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Professor Athina Vlachantoni BA, MSc, PhD, PCAP

Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy, Departmental Head of Teaching Programmes and PGT Admissions Officer, Director, ESRC SCDTP

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Athina Vlachantoni is Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton

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

I joined the University of Southampton in 2007, following 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. I am a member of the Social Policy Association and the British Society of Gerontology, and a member of the Council for the British Society of Population Studies. I am also a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, Deputy Editor of Ageing & Society, and Director of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training.

Research interests

ESRC Centre for Population Change: I currently work with Prof. Falkingham, Prof. Evandrou, Dr Gomez-Leon, Dr Min Qin and Saara Hamalainen, 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 related 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 am currently working on an SDAI project with colleagues Dr Feng, Prof. Falkingham, Prof. Evandrou and Ning Wang, which uses mixed methods to analyse data from the National Child Development Study in order to explore informal care provision in mid-life. I also led a second SDAI project (2012-4) on the pension protection among ethnic minority groups in the UK, using the Understanding Society dataset. More information can be found on the CRA's research projects page.

ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: I am working as part of an international project led by Professor Maria Evandrou called the Global Ageing and Long-term Care Network (GALNet), involving colleagues from the UK, India, China, Kenya and Argentina. More details can be found on the Global Ageing and Long-Term Care Network (GALNet) project page.

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.


PhD Students

Sara Johnson (co-supervised with Dr Rosalind Willis)

Topic: Battle Ready: Individual cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia – what are informal carers' views and experiences?

Ella Moonan-Howard (ESRC SCDTP scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)

Topic: Social networks and well-being in later life: understanding the role of neighbourhood

Khairul Hanim Binti Pazim (co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou)

Topic: The role of intergenerational transfers towards the labour force participation among elderly people in Malaysia

Yazhen Yang (ESRC DTC Scholar, co-supervised with Prof. Maria Evandrou

Topic: 'Intergenerational Relations: The Changing Pattern of Economic, Social and Psychological Transfers in Chinese Families'

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Head of Teaching Programmes, Gerontology
Director, ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership
Admissions Tutor, PGT Gerontology programmes

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I contribute to teaching across the MSc Gerontology, MSc Gerontology (Research), MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning), MSc Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) and MSc Social Research Methods programmes.

In 2019-20, I also convene the following modules:

  • GERO6022 Poverty and social protection around the world (DL)
  • RESM6305 Mixed Methods
Professor Athina Vlachantoni
Centre for Research on Ageing Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 58/4095

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