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GerontologyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science


CRA is an internationally renowned, multidisciplinary research centre, which examines key issues in ageing and the life course, informing policy and debate at the local, national and global level. We bring together academics and postgraduate students to work on some of the most important issues facing us in the 21st century.

For more information on our research projects, please visit our Centre for Research on Ageing website.

The ESRC/DFID-funded project

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The ESRC/DFID-funded project on “The impact of social pensions on multiple dimensions of poverty, subjective wellbeing and solidarity across generations” is using a mixed methods approach in order to evaluate the impact of the older persons’ cash transfer programme. The project team, led by Dr Gloria Langat, and including Prof. Jane Falkingham, Prof. Maria Evandrou and Dr Nele van der Wielen, have held meetings with project partners in the Africa Population and Health Research Centre, and the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services.

What is behind ethnic group differences in satisfaction with social care services?

Dr Rosalind Willis, Associate Professor in Gerontology from the University of Southampton, discusses research findings on ethnicity and satisfaction with social care. The aim of the project was to explore the reasons for lower levels of satisfaction with social care services among minority ethnic groups that have been found in national surveys. It investigated the experiences with social care services among South Asian and White British groups, as well as the views of social service staff members on the reasons behind low satisfaction levels. It made recommendations for the design of services in social care for enhanced satisfaction. This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research (SSCR).

Ethnic differences in pension protection in the UK

Professor Athina Vlachantoni introduces the project on ‘Ethnic differentials in pension protection’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative. The project used data from Understanding Society in order to understand the differences between ethnic groups in terms of pension protection in the UK, specifically focusing on Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Caribbeans and Africans.

Experts in ageing worldwide

CRA research is interdisciplinary and international in scope and has a strong policy focus. Find out more about our areas of expertise.

Ageing and lifelong health

The University of Southampton Strategic Research Group on Ageing and Lifelong Health promotes internationally excellent, interdisciplinary research on ageing by strengthening existing research in the University and fostering new collaborations.

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Centre for Research on Ageing

Researching ageing over the life course

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Commonwealth scholarships for MSc Gerontology (Distance learning)

The Centre for Research on Ageing, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, is offering ten scholarships for students to study on the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme in 2015-16.

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REF 2014

Economic, Social & Political Science has performed well in the REF with our research environment we offer in Criminology, Demography, Gerontology and Sociology rated 100% world-leading. It is also ranked in the Top 5 in the country.*

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