King's College London
School of Social Science and Public Policy
The Institute of Gerontology is one of the leading centres worldwide dedicated to the study of ageing and later life. Founded in 1986, it is at the vanguard of multi-disciplinary research, acting as a bridge between the social, clinical and biological sciences. The Institute’s inter-disciplinary nature is reflected in its broad research sponsorship base; it has received funding from four out of five UK-Research Councils (i.e. ESRC, AHRB, EPSRC & BBSRC), as well as Charities, Government, NGOs and other organisations.
The Institute’s research has included the study of: elder abuse; demographies of care; pensions and poverty; housing and technology; the health and social concerns of ‘new’ ageing populations; end of life care and bereavement; the demography of informal care; falls prevention among older people; and the biology of natural ageing.
The Institute’s current research is focused on the following main areas: Understanding Contemporary Ageing; Social and Family Care; Lifecourse influences on Health and Wellbeing; Transitions in Health and Social Care; Poverty and Inequality in Later Life; Human Rights and the Abuse of Older People. We have a thriving PhD and research community.
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