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Professor Anthea Tinker has been Professor of Social Gerontology at King’s since 1988, when she became the first Director of the Institute of Gerontology.

She has been on the staff of three universities and three government departments, and a consultant to the World Health Organization, European Union and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. She also chaired the College Research Ethics Committee from 2001-2011.

Anthea is the sole author of eleven books and co-author of twenty-one books, and has also written over 300 articles. She teaches Social Policy in the Institute of Gerontology, located within the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.

She was awarded the CBE in 2000 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Housing for Older People, elected a Founding Member of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 1999, a Fellow of King’s in 1998 and was President of the Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Royal Society of Medicine 1998-2000. 

She was awarded the title of Fellow of the British Society of Gerontology in 2008 and was one of the Women of the Year in 2002. In 2010, she was awarded the Alan Walker prize by the British Society of Gerontology for her significant and lasting contribution to Social Gerontology.

Anthea is a member of the Geriatrics Working Group of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice. She is currently Vice-Chair of the International Advisory Committee on Networks of Excellence (AGEWELL) funded by the Canadian Government and led by the Universities of Simon Fraser, Vancouver and Toronto. 


  • Housing
  • Assistive technology
  • Family care
  • Older workers
  • Community care
  • Older women
  • Very old people
  • Elder abuse
  • Age-friendly cities
  • Grandparents
  • Long-term care
  • Ethics, falls and accidents

Further details

See Anthea's research profile