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

Emerging Researchers Board

The Emerging Researchers Board brings together early and mid-career researchers from academic institutions to engage with ILC. The Emerging Researchers Board allows ILC to learn about new and upcoming research among its members, including priority areas of interest. It also works to ensure that members take into consideration the relevant policy implications of their work.

Dylan Kneale (Chair)

Dylan Kneale is Head of Policy and Research at Relate, having previously served as Head of Research at the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK). Research around relationships has been an underlying focus of much of Dylan’s research career to date, from examining family relationships and the link with teenage parenthood, to examining social isolation and loneliness among older people or managing relationships in delivering end of life care. Dylan is interested in the timing, sequence and context of life course transitions including partnership, parenthood and housing; longitudinal analysis; social exclusion, social isolation, and loneliness; and neighbourhoods and communities.

Dylan was awarded a PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Demography and Social Research at the Institute of Education (University of London), where his PhD thesis examined transitions to parenthood using data from the British birth cohort studies. Prior to his PhD, Dylan worked as a Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst at the Prince’s Trust, as a Treasurer for Youth Express Network (a Strasbourg-based Youth Charity) and as a consultant for a number of organisations. Dylan maintains academic links as a Research Associate of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (Institute of Education, University of London) and is a regular reviewer for two journals.

Baya Adelaja

Bayo has a BA (Hons) in English literature from Durham University and recently finished her MSc in Culture and Society at the LSE and is undertaking the MSc Health, Population and Society also at LSE this year. Before joining PSSRU, she worked at the House of Commons as a Parliamentary Assistant. She also spent some time volunteering in her local community as a community based advisor and representative for socially vulnerable people, particularly in cases concerning welfare benefits (unemployment allowance and disability benefits) and has had experience as a policy researcher at a leading public affairs company in London, and has some experience in Marketing and Communications.

Since joining PSSRU in 2013, Bayo has worked on a wide variety of projects including a report costing the impact of Dementia in the UK on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, and a report on the costs of perinatal mental health for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. She is currently working as part of a consortium of university researchers – ITSSOIN – on project that utilises varied types of historical data to analyse different aspects of civic engagement as they relate to social innovation in the UK, and is also involved in MODEM: modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia, a jointly funded ESRC/NIHR project as part of the Literature Reviewing team. Her most recent project work on the efficacy of a Direct Payments programme funded through the Department of Health via the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU).

Elaine Argyle

Elaine has first degree in sociology, two master’s degrees in social policy and social work, a diploma in health studies and a PhD in social policy/social gerontology from the University of Sheffield. In addition, she is an experienced health and social care practitioner and dually registered as a social worker (DipSW) and as a mental health nurse (RMN). Her main research interests are in the areas of older age, mental health, health humanities and knowledge transfer in front line care.

Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, she worked as an ESRC research fellow at the University of Sheffield and as a postdoctoral researcher at Bradford Dementia Group (University of Bradford). In addition, she has extensive experience as a health and social care professional. For example, she has worked as a staff nurse for Leicestershire Health Authority, as a social worker for Warwickshire County Council and for ten years as a dementia specialist and team leader for Anchor Trust.

Since joining the University of Nottingham in 2012 she has worked as a Senior Research Fellow on various projects. During this time, she has also worked as a freelance researcher and consultant and has been involved in a range of other academic activities including grant application, research dissemination, training, conference organization and peer reviewing for journals and funding bodies.

Katia Attuyer

Katia is a qualitative social scientist, with interests in urban policies, housing and inequalities. As a post-doctoral research associate working on the Co-Motion project at the University of York, she is currently examining the impact of major later life transitions – such as stopping driving, becoming visually impaired, or becoming a carer – on mobility and well-being. She is interested in methodological innovations that provide a better understanding of the needs and aspirations of people in later life. Katia is keen on examining a range of issues in the future in relation to housing and later life, including the role of alternative housing options such as intergenerational housing.

Prior to joining the Co-motion team, she held various academic positions. Her doctoral research (Trinity College Dublin) examined the relevance of renewal public policies to the needs of disadvantaged communities with a special emphasis on the effectiveness of measures seeking to facilitate community participation in the process of regeneration in order to counter social exclusion. She worked at the University of St Andrews as a Teaching and Research Fellow in Urban Studies. Prior to this, she was a member of the LATTS research centre (University of Paris-Est), conducting post-doctoral research on the financialization of the property sector and lectured at the French Institute for Urban Planning.

Karen Burnell

Karen completed her PhD, in 2017, with her thesis entitled ‘The Reconciliation of Traumatic War Memories throughout the Adult Lifespan: The Relationship between Narrative Coherence and Social Support’. After a brief stint in the commercial market research sector, followed by a Research Assistant post at the University of Reading, Karen joined University College London as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2008.

At UCL, she worked on the SHIELD (‘Support at Home: Interventions to Enhance Life in Dementia’) research programme, led by Professor Martin Orrell. In this role she helped to develop and manage one of the psychosocial interventions within the programme, which was a multisite pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial concerning peer support for family carers of people with dementia alone and in combination with reminiscence group work. Karen also served as the Qualitative Methods Advisor across the programme.

Karen joined SHSSW in 2011 as Lecturer (now Senior Lecturer) in Health Sciences Research. In her role she continues to work in the area of health and wellbeing in later life, with a particular emphasis on understanding how challenges in life are overcome and how help can be best given.

Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Track at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL.  She is an epidemiologist with a longstanding interest in applying a life course approach to the study of ageing outcomes, specifically physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal health.

The ultimate aim of her work is to provide evidence that will inform the selection of the most effective type and timing of interventions across life to promote healthy ageing or delay functional decline.  For almost ten years Rachel has been part of the study team responsible for the management of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the oldest of the national British birth cohort studies, that has followed up approximately 5000 people since birth in 1946.

She has also been involved in the Healthy Ageing across the Life Course (HALCyon) research collaboration which used data from 9 longitudinal British studies (including the NSHD, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Hertfordshire Cohort and Ageing studies) to investigate the factors across life linked to physical capability in later life.

Theodore Cosco

After training as an epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Theodore D Cosco joined the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Theodore’s primary interests include aspects of ageing influenced by positive psychology, e.g. healthy ageing and resilience. He is particularly interested in the dynamic interplay between physical functioning and psychological wellbeing.

Kate Hamblin

Kate Hamblin joined the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in January 2009 to work with Dr. Andreas Hoff on the ‘Carers@Work- Combining Job and Care – Conflict or Opportunity’ project, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She has worked on three main areas at the Institute, including the examination of issues related to employment, following on from my postgraduate studies.

For the ‘Carers@Work’ project, she conducted a review of the literature related to care and/ or work; designed the interview guide; recruited and conducted over 50 qualitative interviews with working carers and employers demonstrating ‘best practice’ in terms of family-friendly policies; analysed the data and presented it in several reports.

This project sought to address the experience of combining paid work with looking after an older person in terms of the difficulties faced and the strategies used to create a balance. The project had partners in Germany, Italy and Poland. Kate is currently working on a follow-on project examining self-employment for older workers.

Kate received PhD from the University of Bath in 2010. Her thesis addressed the changes to policies for work and retirement transitions for those over 50 in EU15 nations over the period of 1995-2005, with a particular focus on the uneven impact of these reforms upon different sub-groups within this age category. She published a book based on her thesis with Palgrave in 2013.

Ricky Kanabar

Ricky Kanabar is a senior researcher in the Understanding Society Policy Unit. Ricky’s role involves advising UK government on various quantitative research projects and in particular promoting the use of Understanding Society, the largest household panel of its kind in the world.

Ricky is an economist by training and alongside his role in the Policy Unit also teaches MSc and PhD courses in quantitative methods at the University of Essex, he also maintains an academic research profile which is grounded in the economics of ageing and income dynamics.

Maria Karagiannidou

Maria is currently a research assistant at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) – London School of Economics (LSE) and she is working across many national (MODEM), European (ROADMAP) and international research projects in the dementia field. She is also a visiting junior academic at the University of Oxford (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing). She has worked as an advisor for Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and as a researcher at the King’s College London (Global Observatory for Ageing & Dementia Care). Maria is a co-author of the World Alzheimer Report 2016 on “Improving healthcare for people living with dementia: Coverage, quality and costs now and in the future”.

She has an MSc in International Health Policy (LSE), an MSc in Psychology & Counselling (University of Sheffield) and a BSc in Psychology (Middlesex University). She will do a PhD at the Department of Social Policy (LSE) under the supervision of Professor Martin Knapp and Mr. Raphael Wittenberg.

Prior to joining the PSSRU, Maria worked for several years in clinical practice as director of a dementia Day Care Centre (Alzheimer’s Hellas). Her team was nominated by the University of Stirling (The International Excellence Awards 2010) as “Highly Commended” for developing innovative programmes of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia.

Maria has also worked as a researcher and project manager at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Greek National School of Public Health and the Greek Ministry of Health. In these roles, she has conducted research on a range of topics related to health, mental health, dementia & ageing, with her main expertise relating to the issues around dementia and ageing.

She participates at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on dementia (House of Parliament – UK) and she is member of the Emerging Researchers Board at the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK).

Rachel Marangozov

Rachel Marangozov (nee Pillai) has over a decade of experience in public policy research relating to the labour market disadvantage among minority ethnic and migrant communities, both here in the UK and in European Member States. Her work has also covered other aspects of migrant integration and community cohesion and she has worked on a number of equality and diversity projects at IES, and in her previous role at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She is a Director of MigrationWork CIC, which helps communities, policymakers, and practitioners respond to migration in practical and evidence-based ways.

Dr. Marangozov has held a number of advisory positions in the past, including for the UK Parliament and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. She holds M. Phil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Her media work includes articles for the Guardian; commentary for the Financial Times and BBC news online; television interviews for ORS Austrian Broadcasting Services, BBC News 24, BBC lunchtime news and BBC London evening news; and radio interviews for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio. Dr. Marangozov is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.

Paul Nash

After graduating with a BSc Psychology from the University of Glamorgan in 2005, Paul started his PhD and took the role as a Senior Methodologist at the Office for National Statistics. After joining the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) in Swansea University as a Research Officer in 2008, Paul completed his PhD and subsequently accepted the post of Postgraduate Programme Director for Gerontology & Ageing Studies in 2012. He now delivers four taught programmes and is the admissions tutor for Postgraduate Research in the College.

Additionally, he supervises both Masters and PhD students within the CIA and has established an international exchange programme to enhance the student experience and employability. Within the University, Paul chairs the ethics subcommittee, is the lead for education and training in the Health and Wellbeing Academy and sits of the Learning and Teaching committee. Externally, Dr Nash is the Honorary Secretary for the British Society of Gerontology, Chair of Trustees for Age Cymru Swansea Bay & a panellist for the International Longevity Centre UK.

He has obtained Chartered Psychologist status and became an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Paul has an active grant capture in excess of £350k and continues to publish both in gerontology and psychology disciplines. His active research areas include ageism, stereotyping, older peoples housing, sexuality, discrimination, prejudice & the built environment.

Louise Overton

Louise is a Lecturer in Social Policy and a member of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). Her research interests focus on older people and personal finance (and personal finance-related issues), including financial security, financial advice, and the regulation of consumer financial services.

Louise has carried out extensive research on the role and relevance of housing wealth as a source of retirement finance, with a particular emphasis on equity release. Her published work in this area has gained widespread press coverage, and has been used by the Financial Conduct Authority, the equity release industry and its trade body, as well as in the development of Age UK’s Equity Release Advice Service.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Louise worked as a Research Fellow on a major, multi-disciplinary, Leverhulme-funded project: Mind the (Housing) Wealth Gap: Intergenerational Justice and Family Welfare ’at the Universities of Durham and Essex.

Isla Rippon

Isla Rippon is a post-doctoral researcher at Brunel University working on the ‘Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: The IDEAL study’ (

Prior to joining Brunel she completed a PhD at UCL in Epidemiology and Public Health funded by ILC-UK and UCL. Using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), her doctoral research examined perceptions of age discrimination among older adults and the relationship between self-perceived age, health and mortality. Isla’s research interests include attitudes towards ageing, social interactions, along with health and wellbeing at older ages.

Sarah Robertson

Sarah currently works as a Research Assistant on the MARQUE project at UCL looking at ways to manage agitation and raise quality of life for people with dementia. MARQUE was funded by the ESRC and the NIHR in response to the Prime Minister’s ‘Challenge on Dementia’ and has successfully recruited 4000 participants nationally to date.

Sarah is also completing a PhD funded by CLAHRC investigating quality of life for people with dementia in a care home setting, by comparing and exploring the perspectives of paid staff, family relatives and people with dementia. Previously, Sarah has worked with Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Research Department, developing a complex intervention to improve care for people with advanced dementia; and Exeter University on a project exploring shared decision making and the impact of a dementia diagnosis in memory clinics in London.

Naomi Richards

Naomi Richards is a social anthropologist and her research interests include death and dying, end of life care for older people, palliative care, media and visual representations of ageing, gender and ageing, and media and visual representations of death and dying. She has completed a multi-sited study of the assisted dying debate in the UK and is about to start a project on the international spread of the death café movement.

She has also conducted research into the need for and provision of palliative care in UK hospitals, particularly for frail older people, and most recently, palliative approaches for caring for people with advanced dementia. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and now works as a Lecturer in End of Life Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Beth Winter

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Social Policy and Master of Arts in Housing Studies in 1999, Beth spent many years working as a practitioner in the field of housing (specialising in homelessness) and community development in the voluntary sector, before moving into policy and strategic positions in these areas.

Following a short career break to raise her young family Beth began working as a Research Assistant at Swansea University in the Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research (CSWSCR) in 2008 and joined the Centre for Innovative Ageing in 2010. Since this time she has worked on a number of research projects in the area of ageing studies and gerontology including age discrimination, international recruitment in the social care sector, dementia studies, social exclusion, environments of ageing, participatory arts and housing studies.

Beth has a keen interest in issues of disadvantage and social exclusion as well as service user participation and community development and is passionate about linking research with practice. She has recently completed her PhD entitled, ‘Disadvantage and advantage among older people in rural communities: a multi-level and life-course perspective’.

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