Sara Arber


T: 01483 68 3966
Room number: 26 AD 04

Sara is Co-Director of CRAG.  She has researched ageing since the mid-1980s, co-authoring the landmark book Gender and Later Life with Jay Ginn in 1991. Other publications include Connecting Gender and Ageing (with Jay Ginn, 1995) which won the Age Concern prize for best book on Ageing 1996; The Myth of Generational Conflict: Family and State in Ageing Societies (with Claudine Attias-Donfut, 2000), Gender and Ageing: Changing Roles and Relationships (with Kate Davidson and Jay Ginn, 2003) and Contemporary Grandparenting:  Changing Family Relationships in Global Contexts (with Virpi Timonen, 2012).

Sara has researched inequalities in health in later life, pensions, caring, clinical decision-making for older people with coronary heart disease or depression, older men living alone, food in later life, and sleep and ageing. She currently supervises eight doctoral students researching issues related to ageing.  Sara is internationally known for her work on ageing and gender, and is frequently invited to give international keynotes.  She was president of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 11 on Sociology of Aging (2006-2010).

Dr Kate Davidson

My continued interest in gender differences in the experience of widowhood in later life and my latter day interest in masculinity and older men arising from my research within CRAG, has followed me into retirement.  I have been invited to examine PhDs, edit a special issue for the Journal of Aging Studies, write chapters, speak at meetings and review journal articles. The affiliation with CRAG, has been an important factor in these requests.

The NHS and Community Services in Wiltshire have undergone radical restructuring over the last two years and I have been fortunate in having been invited to attend several strategic meetings at senior levels. My contribution has been viewed very favourably and I am no doubt that my association with CRAG at the University of Surrey has benefitted my representation.  However, it is not just within the upper echelons of local authority politics that my input has been appreciated.  As secretary of the local good neighbour scheme, I have been able to bring theory to practice within the village communities who have some isolated and vulnerable people in need of our help.

National recognition:

Keynote speaker
Open University Workshop: Studies of ageing masculinities: still in their infancy? Home alone: Exploring social networks of older divorced and never married men. Open University Offices, Camden, London, UK February 14 2013

International recognition:

Keynote speaker
University of Nicosia: Community Work in Cyprus, What is the future? “A gendered perspective on caring in the United Kingdom” Day Seminar for practitioners.  March 17 2010.

University of Nicosia, Aging and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. “It came by itself, it’ll go by itself”: Older Men's Attitude to Health and Illness. Cyprus.18-20 September 2011

Professor Jay Ginn

Jay was employed as a Senior Research Fellow in CRAG, was a founding Co-Director of the Centre and was closely involved in CRAG until retiring in December 2004.  She was Visiting Professor in the Sociology Department from 2005 to 2009.  Jay is currently a Visiting Professor at King's College, London.  A key research interest continues to be in gender and class differences in the economic resources of older people, the evolving mix of state and private pensions internationally and how private pension acquisition is shaped by gender, marital status, parental status and class.  Another research strand is midlife attitudes to employment and retirement.

Jay co-authored Gender and Later Life (Sage, 1991) and co-edited Connecting Gender and Ageing (Open University Press 1995), both with Sara Arber, co-edited Women, Work and Pensions:  International Issues and Prospects (Open University Press, 2001) and sole-authored Gender, Pensions and the Lifecourse (Policy Press, 2003). 

Dr Ingrid Eyers

MSc (Surrey) PhD (Surrey)
Visiting Research Fellow
Tel:  +44 1483 686963
Room:  26 AD 04

For over 25 years Dr. Ingrid Eyers has been involved in the care of older people in England and Germany. Initially qualifying in nursing, she worked in intensive care before deciding to focus on the care of older people. Ingrid worked as a care home manager in both Germany and England. For the last 15 years, Ingrid has been undertaking research in care homes and gained an MSc in Gerontology: Policy Care and Practice at the University of Surrey where she also gained her PhD in the Department of Sociology in 2003. The doctoral thesis was a comparative study of care home staff in England and Germany.  The aim of her research in care homes has always been to provide an evidence base to inform future developments in long-term care service. This ranges from the professionalization of the care home workforce to the importance of restorative sleep to improve the cognitive and physical abilities of older people living in care homes. From 2004 to 2010 Ingrid was lecturer (Care of Older People) in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. In 2010 she moved to Germany where she was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Vechta. Ingrid has been involved with CRAG since its conception, initially as PhD student, a post doctoral Research Fellow and later as a member of the advisory board. Currently she is a Visiting Fellow undertaking secondary analysis of the care home data from SomnIA (Sleep in Ageing). For her research undertaken in care homes Ingrid has received the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aged (IAHSA) Award for Excellence in Research 2013, and presented at their biannual conference in Shanghai in November 2013.

Andrew King

Senior Lecturer

T: 01483 68 6982
Room number: 17 AD 03

Andrew is Co-Director of CRAG and is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Surrey. Andrew is particularly interested in questions of ageing, gendered, sexualities and the majority of his research focuses on the lives and experiences of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. He is currently Principal Investigator on the CRAG project 'SAFE Housing - older LGBT housing in later life'. He was Principal Investigator on the ESRC knowledge exchange project 'Putting Policy into Practice' and its outputs can be found here. More recently, Andrew was the Principal Investigator on the ESRC Seminar Series entitled ‘Older LGBT Adults: Minding the Knowledge Gaps’ which ran from 2013-2015. He has published many articles based on his research, including those in 'International Journal of Social Research Methodology', 'Sociology', 'Ageing and Society', 'Gender, Work and Organization' and 'Social Policy and Society'. His monograph 'Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: identities, intersections and institutions' is due to be published by Routledge in May 2016. He has also published many chapters in edited collections. He is co-editor of 'Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies and Practical Applications' (Routledge, forthcoming 2016). Andrew is co-editor of Sociology (the flagship journal of the British Sociological Association), a member of the Editorial Board of Sociological Research Online and was Chair of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network (RN23) 2011-2015. 

Susan Venn

Research Fellow

T: 01483 68 3053
Room number: 03 AD 03

Sue's background as an administrator and IT specialist led her to join CRAG in September 2000 as a research administrator working on two projects, PETRAS (Policies for Ecological Tax Reform: Assessment of Social Responses)  and a US/UK comparison of clinical decision-making for older patients.  Her interest in research led her to undertake an MSc in Social Research, which she completed with Distinction in 2004.  She subsequently undertook research on sleep in couples, sleep in young adolescents and teenagers and sleep in later life (SomnIA:  Sleep in Ageing).  She obtained her PhD in 2011 on a sociological exploration of sleep across the lifecourse.  Sue is now working on a longitudinal, qualitative project examining lifecourse transitions as potential points at which to encourage sustainable lifestyles (ELiCiT:  Exploring lifestyle changes in transition) which is part of the Sustainable Lifstyles Research Group (SLRG).

Sue has been Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Gerontology, 2011-2014 and is a member of the Executive Committee, and is Secretary to the Awards Panel for the Averil Osborn Award Fund.

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