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Dr Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill BA, MSc, DPhil

Lecturer in Gerontology, Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee,SSLC Coordinator

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I am a Lecturer in Gerontology and interested in older people’s social and support networks in developing and transitional societies.

I am interested in ageing, the life course and social networks in developing and transitional societies.

I joined the Centre for Research on Ageing in October 2006 and helped to develop the MSc in Gerontology. I studied Human Sciences at Oxford University, then obtained an MSc in Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I spent two years as researcher at the Institute of Population Research and Social Policy at Bielefeld University in Germany. I returned to Oxford for doctoral research on old-age support and intergenerational relations in Indonesia, obtaining my DPhil in 2002. Between 2004 and 2006 I was British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St Antony’s College and the Institute of Human Sciences at Oxford. During that time I also lectured and tutored in demography.

I am a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Demographie.





Research interests

I am interested in ageing, the life course and social networks in developing and transitional societies. My academic background is interdisciplinary, combining demography, anthropology and sociology, and my research merges qualitative and quantitative methods, with ethnography informing the design and interpretation of survey sources.

Since 1999 I have been conducting research on ageing in Indonesia. Among other things I have studied intergenerational family support; vulnerability in old age; the nexus of family, kinship and community networks in support provision; caregiving and the impact of dependency on social identity; and the role of childlessness, divorce, migration and social stratification in shaping access to support and care in later life. I am interested in religious communities as sources of old-age support and the impact of migration on social networks.

I am currently conducting research on the local and transnational support networks of older Transylvanian Saxons in Romania. This German-speaking ethnic minority has experienced dramatic outmigration to Germany in recent decades, leaving a predominantly older population in Romania. The research investigates the relative importance of local versus transnational kin support, the role of the church and neighbours, and the emergence of transnational ethnicity-based welfare arrangements.

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Book Chapters


Working Papers

  • GERO6012 Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalisation (DL)
  • GERO6019 Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalisation
  • GERO6017 Methods for Researching Ageing Societies
  • PhD supervision
Dr Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill
Centre for Research on Ageing Social Sciences University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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