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Boomers are narcissists. Millennials are spoiled. Gen Zers are lazy. We assume people born around the same time have basically the same values. It makes for good headlines, but is it true?
Bobby Duffy has spent years studying generational distinctions. The Generation Myth is based on an analysis of what over three million people really think about homeownership, sex, well-being, and more, Duffy offers a new model for understanding how generations form, how they shape societies, and why generational differences aren’t as sharp as we think.
About the speaker
Bobby Duffy is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute. He has worked across most public policy areas in his career of 30 years in policy research and evaluation, including being seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.
Bobby sits on several advisory boards including Chairing both the Campaign for Social Science and the CLOSER Advisory Board, is a member of the Executive of the Academy of Social Sciences, a trustee of British Future and the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) and a Senior Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.
His first book, The Perils of Perception – Why we’re wrong about nearly everything, was published by Atlantic books in several countries, drawing on a set of global studies on how people misperceive key social realities. His latest book, Generations - Does when you’re born shape who you are?, came out in September 2021 and challenges myths and stereotypes around generational trends, seeking a greater understanding around generational challenges.
About the Annual David Hobman Lecture
The Annual David Hobman Lecture is hosted by the King’s Institute of Gerontology and explores concepts of ageing and gerontology.
The lecture is in memory of David Hobman, first Director of Age Concern (now Age UK) and Chairman of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology. In previous years, it has been held in collaboration with Age UK.
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Director of the Institute of Gerontology
Professor of Social Gerontology
Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
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