Andrew King

Andrew King

Senior Lecturer



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-LGBTQ). I am also Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender, a former editor of Sociology (the flagship journal of the BSA), and former Chair of the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network (2011-2015). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

My research falls into three broad areas: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Ageing; Adulthoods and Theory and Methods.

1) LGBT Life Course – I am interested in the lives and experiences of LGBT adults across the life course and have been actively researching in this field for over seven years. I have conducted publicly funded research (Tower Hamlets Borough Council and the Economic and Social Research Council) with Dr Ann Cronin about the lives of older LGBT people, including their experiences of services. This has included a project called ‘Putting Policy into Practice’ where we 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' which draws on these studies, will be published by Routledge in 2016. For more info click here

I was Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded Seminar Series: Older LGBT People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps (with Dr Kathyrn Almack, Dr Yiu-Tung Suen and Dr Sue Westwood) which ran from Jan 2013-Jan 2015. An edited collection, of the same name, is currently being produced and will be published by Routledge in 2019.

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. My current research is focusing on LGBTQ people who live in social housing  - HomeSAFE - and the project will publicize its findings in February 2018. 

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

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

I was the co-editor (with Dr Ana Cristina Santos and Dr Isabel Crowhurst) of '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).



  • Representing Difference (SOC1032)
  • Sociology of Gender (SOC2036)
  • Sociology of Sexualities (SOC3030)
  • I currently co-supervise 3 PhD students: Bryony Chater, Ioulia Kazana and Frances O'Neill. 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, LGBT 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

  • Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Sociology and Sociology Major/Minor


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Phone: +44 (0)1483 684380 / 688914 / 684378
Out-of-hours: +44 (0)7773 479911
Senate House, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

My publications


Journal articles

Cronin, A and King, A (2012) “Only Connect? The Social Capital of older lesbian, gay and bisexual adults” Ageing and Society, online first

King, A (2012) ”Recognising Adulthood: Young Adults' Accomplishment of their Age Identities”, Sociology, online first

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): 341-358

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.

Cronin, A and King, A (2011) “Power, inequality and identification: Exploring diversity and intersectionality amongst older LGB adults” Sociology, 44 (5): 876-892

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


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

Book chapters

Cronin, A., Ward, R., Pugh, S., King, A. and Price, E (2012) “Categories and their Consequences: Understanding and Supporting the Caring Relationships of Older Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults” in Ward, R., Rivers, I and M Sutherland (eds) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ageing: Providing Effective Support Through Understanding Life Stories. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.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: 85-96.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.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. London: Palgrave MacMillan.King, A (2009) “In Vivo Coding” in L.Given (Ed) The Sage Encyclopaedia of Qualitative Research. New York: Sage.King, A and Rettie, R (2009) “Concluding Thoughts: Reconfigurations of Social Theory” in Cooper, G., King, A., and Rettie, R (eds)(2009) Sociological Objects: Reconfigurations of Social Theory. Aldershot: Ashgate. p191-202o ReportsCollins-Mayo, S., King, A., and Jones, L (2011) 'Faith in Action: The Spiritual and Social Capital of Street Pastors Kingston' Kingston University: LondonCronin, A and King, A (2009) “Older LGBT Matters: The Experiences of Older LGBT Adults in Tower Hamlets.” Tower Hamlets Borough Council: London.