Andrew King

Professor Andrew King

Professor of Sociology
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17 AD 03



I have researched and written about ageing, gender and sexualities, principally the lives of older LGBT people for over ten years. More recently, my research has focused on housing issues amongst older LGBT people and LGBTQ+ people living in social housing. I am the project lead on a high profile European study which is investigating inequalities across LGBTQ people’s lives in four European countries (CILIA-LGBTQI+). I am also Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a former editor (2014-2017) of Sociology (the flagship journal of the BSA), and former Chair of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network (2011-2015). 


I am interested in the lives and experiences of LGBTQI+ people across the life course and have been actively researching in this field for over ten years.

Since March 2018 I have been leading a project comparing intersectional life course inequalities amongst LGBTQI+ people in four European countries. The CILIA-LGBTQI+ project is the first project of its kind and will be using innovative methods to address the topic, including agent-based modelling.

I have a particular interest in issues around housing amongst LGBTQ+ people. I was Principal Investigator on the SAFE Housing - Older LGBT Housing in Later Life project, which explored the housing preferences, options and choices of older LGBT people and in 2017/18 I led the project HomeSAFE - which was the UK's largest study about LGBTQ+ social housing residents. I am now working with social housing providers to develop an LGBTQ+ Social Housing Resident pledge card from the findings of the project.

My research on older LGBT+ people stemmed from research I conducted in East London during 2007 and a follow-on project, ‘Putting Policy into Practice’ where I worked with service providers to empower them to improve their services with older LGBT people in mind My book, 'Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions' drew on these studies and was published by Routledge in 2016. For info click here

I ran a ground-breaking seminar series on LGBT ageing, with Professor Kathryn Almack, Professor Yui-Tung Suen and Dr Sue Westwood. A book from this series will be published by Routledge in 2019.

I have published widely in the field of LGBTQ+ ageing, including publications in: Ageing and Society; Sociology; Gender, Work and Organization; International Social Work; Social Policy and Society; The Sociological Review and Quality in Ageing and Older Adults as well as numerous edited collections. 

I co-edited (with Dr Ana Cristina Santos and Dr Isabel Crowhurst) 'Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies and Practical Applications', which was published by Routledge in 2017 (click here for more details). This collection draws on papers presented at a European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network (RN23) Mid-Term conference I co-organised whilst Chair of the ESA Sexuality Network (2011-2015).

I am Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) in the Department of Sociology. An edited collection, 'Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: Multi-Disciplinary and International Perspectives' drawing on a conference hosted by CRAG will be published by Policy Press in 2019. This book is co-edited with Professor Kathryn Almack and Dr Rebecca Jones.


  • Sociology of Sexualities (SOC3030)
  • I currently co-supervise 6 PhD students: Bryony Chater, Luke Hubbard, Ioulia Kazana, Frances O'Neill, Frances Sanders and Yen Nee Wong. I previously supervised Dr Carole Murphy (Recovery from Addiction), Dr Neil Elliot (Spirituality and Snowboarding) and Dr Ghinaa Al-Mutawa (Muslim Kuwaiti Women in a Changing World). I am interested in supervising doctoral students in a range of areas, including: Sexualities, LGBTQI+ Ageing, Ageing and the Life course more broadly, and Gender. For further information about the PhD Programme in the Dept of Sociology click here

Departmental duties

  • Deputy Head of Department (except when on sabbatical, Feb-Sept 2018)

My publications


King, A., Almack, K., and Jones, R (forthcoming 2019) Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press

King, A, Almack, K, Suen, Y-T and Westwood, S (forthcoming 2019) Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps. London: Routledge

King, A and Stoneman, P (2017) “Understanding SAFE Housing – putting older LGBT* people’s concerns, preferences and experiences of housing in England in a sociological context”, Housing, Care and Support

King, A, Santos, A.C and Crowhurst, I (2017) Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies and Practical Applications. London: Routledge

Hughes, M and King, A (2017) “Representations of LGBT Ageing and Older People in Australia and the UK”, Journal of Sociology, onlineFirst

King, A (2016) Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions. London: Routledge.

King, A and Cronin, A (2016) "Bonds, Bridges and Ties: Applying Social Capital Theory to LGBT People's Housing Concerns Later in Life" Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 17(1): 16-25

King, A. (2016) "Queer Categories: Queer(y)ing the Identification ‘Older Lesbian, Gay and/or Bisexual (LGB) Adults’ and its Implications for Organizational Research, Policy and Practice." Gender, Work & Organization 23(1): 7-18.

King, A (2016) “Troubling Identities? Examining Older Lesbian, Gay and/or Bisexual People’s Membership Categorisation Work and its Significance” in E. Peel and R. Harding (eds) Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate. pp 163-182

King, A (2016) “Queer(y)ing Dementia – bringing Queer Theory and studies of dementia into dialogue” in S. Westwood and E. Price (eds) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Individuals Living with Dementia: Concepts, Practice and Rights. London: Routledge. pp 51-64

King, A. (2015) “Prepare for Impact! Reflecting on Knowledge Exchange Work to Improve Services for Older LGBT People in Times of Austerity” Social Policy and Society, 14 (1): 15-27.

Cronin, A and King, A (2014) “Only Connect? The Social Capital of older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults” Ageing and Society, 34(2): 258-279

Westwood S, King A, Almack K, Suen Y-T, Bailey L. (2014) “Good Practice in Health and Social Care Provision for Older LGBT people” in J. Fish and K. Karban (eds.) Social Work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health Inequalities: International Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press. pp 145-158

King A. (2013) “Recognising Adulthood? Young Adults' Accomplishment of their Age Identities” Sociology, 47(1): 109-125.

King A. (2013) “Knowledge Exchange Action Research: Creating Impact with Social Science Research” SAGE Research Methods Cases. London: SAGE Publications, Ltd.

King, A and Cronin, A. (2013) “Queering Care in Later Life: The Lived Experiences and Intimacies of older LGB Adults” in T. Sanger, and Y. Taylor (eds) Mapping Intimacies: Relations, Exchanges, Affects. Palgrave MacMillan: Basingstoke. pp 112-129.

Cronin, A., Ward, R., Pugh, S., King, A. and Price, E (2011) “Categories and their Consequences: Understanding and Supporting the Caring Relationships of Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults” International Social Work, 54 (3): 421-435.

King A. (2011) “Minding the gap? Young people's accounts of taking a Gap Year as a form of identity work in higher education” Journal of Youth Studies, 14(3): 341-357.

Cronin, A and King, A (2010) “Power, inequality and identification: Exploring diversity and intersectionality amongst older LGB adults” Sociology, 44 (5): 876-892.

King, A and Cronin, A (2010) “Queer Methods and Queer Practices: re-examining the identities of older lesbian, gay, bisexual (OLGB) adults” In K. Browne and C. Nash (eds) Queer Methods and Methodologies, Aldershot: Ashgate. pp 85-96

King A. (2010) “Membership Matters: Applying Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA) to Qualitative Data Using Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Software” International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 13(1): 1-16.

Cronin, A and King, A (2009) “A Queer Kind of Care: Some Preliminary Notes and Observations” in R. Jones and R. Ward (eds) LGBT Issues: Looking Beyond Categories. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press. pp 69-81

King A. (2009) “Mind the Gap: Reassessing Transitions to Adulthood Using Young People's Accounts of Undertaking Short-Term Employment”. In R. Brooks (ed) Transitions from Education to Work: New Perspectives from Europe and Beyond. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. pp 201-2016

Cooper, G., King, A., and Rettie, R (2009) Sociological Objects: Reconfigurations of Social Theory. Aldershot: Ashgate.