The Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) brings together social scientific expertise to conduct policy relevant research on gender and ageing and their intersection with other forms of social division, identity and (in)equality.

CRAG focuses specifically on the intersections between gender and ageing, in addition to other aspects of social division, identity and inequality, such sexuality, social class and ethnicity.

The principal aim is to advance understanding of how gender influences the experience of ageing, and how ageing influences gender roles and relationships.

This is achieved by:

  • Undertaking research on gender and ageing. CRAG members have expertise in a range of research methodologies, including qualitative research, evaluation research, and secondary analysis of large national data sets
  • Collaborating on interdisciplinary projects with psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, economists, bio-medical scientists, and health specialists
  • Taking an holistic approach, which emphasises the interconnections between health, income and material resources, and social roles and relationships, and how these vary according to gender difference and diversity
  • Adopting a life course approach, which links socio-economic position, roles and relationships in later life to the earlier biographies and intersectionality,which addresses mutliple axes of inequality, power and privilege
  • Encouraging scientific exchange through honorary visiting research positions for international scholars. In spring 2015 CRAG was delighted to host Professor Mark Hughes, Southern Cross University, Australia. In 2018 CRAG is hosting Dr Xu Qiang, South China Agricultural University
  • Providing opportunities for doctoral research students in a stimulating research environment
  • Collaborating with user groups, activists and advocates concerned with the well-being of all older people
  • Organising and participating in conferences, seminars and workshops which disseminate research findings to the academic community, professional groups and wider publics
  • Developing a media profile for exchange and dissemination of information and research findings.

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Department of Sociology
University of Surrey