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Ginn, Prof Jay

Visiting Professor

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Dr. Ginn has been a Visiting Professor at Kings College London’s Institute of Gerontology since 2008, having retired from Surrey University’s Sociology Department in 2004. Her research at Surrey explored how pension entitlements are influenced by class, gender, ethnicity, marital and maternal status; and how pension systems of different countries deal with women’s disadvantages in the labour market. Other publications concern employment of midlife men and women and older people’s health-related behaviour. Current research interests include the effects on women and men of policies on pensions and social care, including international comparisons. Dr. Ginn has written a number of books including Gender and Later Life (Sage, 1991, with Sara Arber), Connecting Gender and Ageing (OUP, 1995, co-edited with Sara Arber), Women, Work and Pensions: International issues and prospects (Open University Press, 2001, co-edited), and Gender, Pensions and the Lifecourse (Policy Press, 2003). In 2011-2 Dr. Ginn acted as consultant on the ‘Agewell’ project, investigating how the ‘babyboomer’ cohort may fare in mental health terms as they approach retirement; and in 2012-3 as researcher on the ‘Revolutionising Long Term Care’ project in the Institute of Gerontology. Dr. Ginn is a panel member for Carers UK, a member of the Editorial Collective of Critical Social Policy since 2011 and a trustee for the Citizens Income Trust. She works closely with researchers at SSHM and contributes with her expertise to the Research Group Ageing and Society.


Research has included gender differences in employment participation, occupational class, retirement and pensions; inter-country comparison of social security systems in relation to women's financial dependency; women's employment and caregiving; age discrimination in employment and attitudes to retirement; gender differences in access to informal care in later life; gender and class inequalities in health and health-related behaviour among older people. The main research method used has been secondary analysis of large national government surveys.

Selected Publications

Full list of publications

Publications 2008-13

-‘Poverty and financial inequality in later life’, chapter 10 in T. Ridge and S. Wright (eds) Understanding Inequality, Poverty and Wealth: Policies and prospects, Bristol: Policy Press (J. Ginn 2008). 

-‘Socioeconomic status of older people: Britain and Germany compared’, pp. 218-47 in A. Walker and G. Naegele (eds), Social Policy in Ageing Societies (J. Ginn, U. Fachinger and W. Schmahl 2009).

-The Socio-Economic Impact of Pension Systems on Women, Cologne: GVG (S. Horstmann, J. Hüllsman, M. Corsi, J. Ginn, S. Leitner, L. Leppik, J. Ratajczak-Tucholka 2009).

2011‘Funded Pensions; What are they for? An enquiry into their lesser known functions’, OU FIES website. Also forthcoming in Spokesman Books, (R, Minns, J. Ginn and B.Davies 2011).

-Austerity and inequality. Exploring the impact of cuts in the UK by gender and age’, Research on Ageing and Social Policy 1(1), July ( (J. Ginn, 2012).

- UK Pensions: Is gender still an issue?' in D. Lain, W. Loretto and S. Vickerstaff (eds), themed issue of Social Policy and Society: ‘Rethinking Retirement Incomes: Inequality and Policy Change in the UK and Anglo Saxon Countries’, vol 12(1): 91-103 (J. Ginn and K. MacIntyre 2012).

-‘Temporary exit from employment – a response, Critical Social Policy, 32(4): 707-13 (J Ginn 2012).

-Ageing and the economic crisis’ in K. Komp (ed) Ageing in the light of crises: Economic crisis, demographic change, and the search for meaning’,Working Paper 12/2012 Umea, Sweden: Umea University(J Ginn 2012) .


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC R000231458) 1989-91. ‘Community Careand the Elderly’ (S. Arber as PI)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC R000233240) 1991-94. ‘Older Women’s Working Lives’ £56,240 (S. Arber as PI)
Leverhulme Trust (F/242/4) 1997-99. ‘The Changing Pensions Mix’ (Fellowship)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC R000271102) 1999-02. ‘Gender, Employment and Pension Acquisition’ £87,189 (S. Arber as PI)
Health Education Authority/Health Development Agency 1997-02. Research projects on health, health-related behaviour and social capital (with S. Arber as PI, and Helen Cooper).
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) 9.02-6.03. Funded as Residential Research Fellow. Social integration in midlife: Attitudes to retirement.
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC 108404) August 2004-Nov 2004. ‘Midlife Attitudes to Retirement. International comparison of changes’ (S. Arber as PI).

Knowledge Transfer

Dr Ginn has regularly provided evidence to government consultations on pensions and was invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs. She has advised the Fawcett Society, Women’s Budget Group and the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) on pensions, writing and editing information booklets for the Women’s Working Party of the NPC. She is often invited to talk to pensioner and women’s groups and has been advisor to the Age Europe Social Protection Expert Group from 2002-9. Academic conference presentations, talks to NGOs, and media dissemination are listed in attached ‘Publications List’.'detailed in her full publications list'









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