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Ageing & Society


Research on Ageing & Society at King’s is led by the Institute of Gerontology. The Institute, led by Professor Karen Glaser, has an established international research programme with a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary and multiagency work.

Positioned within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, the Institute's interests range from the social and economic factors associated with the ageing population through to the psychological,biomedical and social aspects of ageing.The Institute of Gerontology is one of the leading centres worldwide dedicated to the study of ageing and later life. Founded in 1986, it is at the vanguard of multi-disciplinary research, acting as a bridge between the social, clinical and biological sciences. The Institute’s inter-disciplinary nature is reflected in its broad research sponsorship base; it has received funding from four out of five UK-Research Councils (i.e. ESRC, AHRB, EPSRC & BBSRC).


Research projects have included: an elder abuse prevalence study; spirituality and successful ageing; age-friendly cities; older couples and management of household finances; disruptions in family and work life (implications for older people);ageing of populations that traditionally did not survive childhood; ageing, health and support in developing countries; and the social impact and assessment of Falls Prevention Exercise programmes.The Institutute's current research is focused on the following four main areas:

  • Social and Family Care
  • Lifecourse Influences on Health and Wellbeing
  • Transitions in Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Contemporary Ageing

Staff of the Institute come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds and contribute widely to the development, implementation and evaluation of social and health policies relating to old age.

Anthea Tinker CBE (Professor of Social Gerontology) has served numerous national and international advisory bodies, including the WHO and the EU as an Expert on Ageing and Technology, and has served as an Advisor to the Secretaries of State and Select Committees on Health in the House of Commons.

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