- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Lead for Extending Healthy Life Expectancy, dissemination and management activities. )
The Department of Sociological Studies maintains an active and wide-ranging research programme across all these fields with a distinctive emphasis on applied and policy-related research underpinned by sociological theory. The Department has an established reputation for research that is interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope. It is committed to undertaking work that will help develop theory, advance methodology, inform policy, and improve professional practice. The Department has an excellent record of securing external research funding. It also gives a high priority to disseminating the results of research, both within the academic community and among policy-makers and potential end-users, as witnessed by its impressive and consistent output of high quality publications.
The strong sociological research base ensures high-quality teaching and supervision, and also means that students are kept up-to-date with established as well as emerging fields of social inquiry. The Department has long-standing links with colleagues in departments across the University of Sheffield, an extensive range of research contacts with other UK universities and outside agencies such as local authorities, the probation service, government departments and the European Union. On the international front, the Department has links with research institutions in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the USA. In the recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) overall 95% of our research was rated as of international standard, including 45% was rated as internationally excellent and 20% as world-class. This makes the Department a top-ten research department in its field, consolidating our previous excellent rating (Grade 5) in the previous Research Assessment Exercise.
- Key personnel involved in the project
Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology and Director of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme
Senior Research Manager
Research Associate in Social Policy
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
Partner USFD (Sociological Studies) is a partner to WP1 Realising Active Ageing, leads WP6 Dissemination and is Coordinator of the project (WP7).
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Alan Walker is a gerontologist of world renown; in 2011 he was recipient of the first IAGG European Region Medal for Advances in Gerontology and Geriatrics in the Social and Behavioural Sciences and was recently made a Fellow of the British Academy. He has contributed actively to European policies in the ageing field since he Chaired the European Observatory on Social and Economic Policies and Older People in the early 1990’s. He has coordinated FP6 and FP7 projects since 2002, including the European Forum on Population Ageing Research, ERA-AGE 1 and 2 and FUTURAGE. He has published more than 30 books in the fields of ageing and social policy, more than 200 reports and monographs and over 300 scientific papers. As well as a leading scientist Alan Walker has direct hands-on experience of social innovations in the UK, such as the Disability Alliance. Alan Walker and Juliet Craig recently oversaw the successful delivery of the Road Map for European Ageing Research for the FUTURAGE project and also coordinated ERA-AGE 2, the European Research Area in Ageing.