By 2030, there will be over 20 million older people in the UK

Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board connects the ILC research team to a group of established academics across a range of fields related to ageing. With expertise including demographic modelling, geriatric medicine, and social gerontology, the Academic Advisory Board is a resource to provide advice on current ILC projects, potential funding and collaborative opportunities, and trends in academic research and debates. This helps ensure our work remains timely, robust, and rigorous.

Professor Graham Mulley (Chair)

Graham is Emeritus Professor of Elderly Medicine at the University of Leeds.

After graduating in Leeds, he was MRC research fellow at the University of Nottingham, where his research was on stroke.  He was the first Frohlich Foundation visiting professor at UCSF.
He was appointed the first Developmental professor in Elderly Medicine in Leeds, with a focus on everyday clinical problems, aids and appliances for old people with disabilities and community geriatric medicine.  He has written and co-authored books on stroke, old people at home, rehabilitation, care home medicine as well as geriatric textbooks for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Graham was editor of Age and Ageing from 1996 – 2001 and chair of the editorial board and executive chair of the journal from 2011-2016.  He was President of the British Geriatrics Society 2008-2010.

He pioneered a course on ageing for dental undergraduates at Leeds and advised on aspects of oral health for the Department of Health.  He was medical advisor to a group of UK Care Homes until 2016.

He has been adviser on elderly services to the Hong Kong government.  His contribution to the ILC include being a member of the academic advisory board (AAB) and a trustee.  Graham is now chair of the ILC  AAB.

Professor David Blane

David Blane is a professor emeritus of Imperial College London, professorial research associate of University College and a former (2008-2012) deputy director of ESRC International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health – ICLS, which specialises in secondary analysis of quantitative longitudinal data, bridging the social and biological sciences and international comparative research with colleagues in mainland Europe and Asia.

His academic background lies in medicine, sociology and public health. His interests include health inequalities, social gerontology and life course research, with current emphasis on the health and social implications of raising the state pension age.

Professor Roger Francis

After graduating in Medicine from the University of Leeds, Roger Francis developed a major clinical and research interest in bone disease, whilst working as a member of the Clinical Scientific Staff at the Medical Research Council Mineral Metabolism Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. He was subsequently awarded a Travelling Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year working on the cellular mechanisms of bone breakdown in St. Louis, USA.

He then worked as Honorary Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine at University College, London, before moving to Newcastle in 1986, initially as a Senior Lecturer. He is now Emeritus Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, where he continues his research into vitamin D and bone disease in older people.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of Age and Ageing from 2007-2014. He was awarded the Dhole-Eddleston Prize by the British Geriatrics Society in 2014, in recognition of his contribution to the literature on the medical care of older people.

Professor Jenny Head

Jenny Head is Professor of Medical and Social Statistics at University College London in the research department of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is PI on the renEWL (Research into Extending Working Lives) research consortium which is analysing several UK and European longitudinal studies to investigate determinants of being in paid work up to and beyond state pension age.

Other projects include co-PI of the cross-national collaborative IDEAR (Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research ) network, the aim of which is to investigate how determinants in later working life, during the retirement transition, and in early retirement influence for how long older individuals are able to live actively and healthily; and senior investigator on the Whitehall II study, a longitudinal study with data collection spanning over 30 years from a cohort of civil servants recruited in 1985.

Her research interests include health inequalities and determinants of healthy ageing and healthy life expectancy.

Dr Shereen Hussein

Dr Shereen Hussein is a Principal Research Fellow (Chair) at King’s College London. She is a demographer with sound statistical and economic background. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics and long-term care (LTC) demand and migration within the UK and Europe. She has led research streams on migrant workers and global care; transnational health and care professional workers; diversity, structure and wage differentials in the social care sector; and several national evaluations of new models of working.

Shereen has an international research presence in Europe and Scandinavia, the Middle East, the Russian Federation and Australasia examining issues around ageing, multiple roles of women, welfare policies and transnational aged care. She has collaborated with various global organisations including the United Nations, the World Bank, UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the Population Council and the League of Arab States.

Shereen holds a PhD in statistical demography from the London School of Economics and an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Shereen has been selected as a BBC ‘Expert Voice’ in ageing demographics by the BBC Academy and is regularly invited to speak on these issues in the media.

Professor Andrew King

Professor Andrew King is Deputy Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK where he also co-directs the ‘Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender’ (CRAG). His research has mainly focused on ageing amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. Andrew has published widely in this field: in books, journal articles and edited collections. Recent books include: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults: Identities, Intersections and Institutions (Routledge 2016), Older LGBT People: Minding the Knowledge Gaps (Routledge, 2018) and Intersections of Ageing, Gender and Sexualities: Multidisciplinary International Perspectives (Policy Press, 2019).

Andrew’s LGBT research has been funded by the ESRC, local government and housing associations. Andrew is project lead of CILIA-LGBTQI+ which is comparing intersectional life course inequalities amongst LGBTQI+ citizens in four European countries and is funded by the Norface consortium of European research councils. Andrew is also an associate editor of the journal ‘Ageing and Society’ and has previously edited ‘Sociology’, the journal of the British Sociological Association.

Professor Gill Livingston

Gill Livingston is Professor of Older People’s Psychiatry at University College London in the psychiatry unit. She also works as a consultant psychiatrist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation trust. Her research interests are in clinical dementia research- what works for older people with dementia and their families.

Current projects include leading the Lancet international commission on dementia prevention and care, the MARQUE study (Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of LifE) including epidemiological, qualitative and randomised controlled trial arms; DREAMS project (Dementia RElated Manual for Sleep) a development and piloting of a manual based therapy for sleep) and a development and testing of resources to improve the presentation and diagnosis rates of people with dementia and ways of increasing early presentation of black minority ethnic elders, with dementia.

Professor Simonetta Longhi

Simonetta Longhi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Reading. She is also Research Fellow of IZA, the German Institute for the Study of Labor and external fellow of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). Before joining the University of Reading she was Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research of the University of Essex.

Her interests include differences over the life course in economic and social outcomes and in wellbeing across groups, especially by gender, ethnicity and disability. She has published research on wage disparities across individuals and across regions; on job search behaviour and on occupational change.

Professor Jill Manthorpe

Jill Manthorpe is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London. This Unit receives core funding from the Department of Health and other research commissioners across government and the third sector.

Current workforce research includes studies of personal budgets, adult safeguarding, dementia care, workforce regulation, carers’ workers and gambling. Recently completed studies by the Unit have covered international (migrant) workers, social work education, agency workers, risk and analysis of the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care.

Jill is also a Senior Investigator of the NIHR, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Trustee of the Centre for Policy on Ageing and the Orders of St John Care Trust.

Professor Les Mayhew

Les Mayhew is Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, City University, London in the Faculty of Actuarial Science and Insurance, and Managing Director of Mayhew Harper Associates Ltd. He is a former senior civil servant with nearly 20 years of experience in the Department of Health and Social Security, Department of Social Security, HM Treasury and Office for National Statistics, where he was also a director.

He is an Associate Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Vienna, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a member of the Royal Economic Society. He specialises in demographic ageing, inequalities, health and social care, and pensions. In 2004, he co-authored a book entitled the ‘Economic Impacts of Population Ageing in Japan’ and in 2010 wrote a commissioned report for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit entitled ‘The Economic Value of Healthy Ageing, and is author of the Dependency Trap – Are we fit enough to face the future published in 2018.

Professor Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, member of the Office for National Statistics Expert Academic Advisory Panel for Population Projections, and chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

His main areas of research include: family, kinship and household demography; ageing; social and genetic mechanisms for the inheritance of behaviour; mathematical and statistical demography; methods of making and evaluating population and household forecasts. Recent publications include work on mortality crises in Russia; models for mortality forecasting in elderly populations; and intergenerational transfers between parents and children.

Professor Judith Phillips

Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling and Professor of Gerontology. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing.  Before joining the University Judith Phillips was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University, Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales.

Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.

She has received recognition for her scholarship through numerous Fellowships: the Gerontological Society of America; the British Society of Gerontology; the London School of Economics, New College, Oxford and the Swedish Universities of Umeå and Lund. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People.

Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Having secured awards from most of the major UK funding councils, Professor Phillips has an impressive track record of research grant capture. Her many publications on social work and older people are extensively used by students, with translations made into several languages. She has extensive links with both the Welsh and UK governments, social services departments and Welsh business. In 2016 she chaired the Welsh Government’s Housing for Older People Expert Group.

Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology and currently chairs the British Council on Ageing. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020. In addition, Professor Phillips is executive member of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing – part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Professor Chris Phillipson

Professor Chris Phillipson is a sociologist former Executive Director of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA), based at the University of Manchester (UK). Before moving to Manchester Chris Phillipson held a variety of posts at Keele University including dean of research for the social sciences and director of the social science research institutes.

He was also a Pro-Vice Chancellor for the University and founded (in 1987) the Centre for Social Gerontology. He has published extensively on a range of topics in the field of ageing, including work in the field of family and community studies, transnational migration, social inclusion/ exclusion, urban sociology, and social theory. He is the co-author of the Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology (Sage Books, 2010), Work, Health and Wellbeing (co-authored, Policy Press, 2012), and Ageing (Polity Press, 2013).

His present research involves work around the theme of developing ‘age-friendly cities’ where he co-ordinates a research project based in a number of neighbourhoods in Manchester. Chris is also just beginning a new project looking at changing transitions from work to retirement, working with a number of universities, local authorities and companies across the UK. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Past-President of the British Society of Gerontology.

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