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The University of Sheffield


The Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield 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.

Personnel involved in the project

Alan Walker - Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology and Director of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme

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.  He 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.

Juliet Craig – Senior Research Manager

The team will be joined by a Research Assistant very soon.

What are our goals within SIforAGE?

  • Understanding how researchers and their funders identify and prioritise the topics and areas in which they carry out research
  • Re-conceptualising healthy ageing for healthier life years
  • Contributing knowledge and expertise from our previous FP7 projects, ERA-AGE - The European Research Area in Ageing and FUTURAGE A European Road Map for Ageing Research
  • Ensuring close collaboration between SIforAGEand our new INNOVAGE project, which is an FP7 Health funded collaborative project Social Innovations Promoting Active and Healthy Ageing.

What are going to be our roles in the project?

  • We are leaders for WP6 What we research and how we communicate scientific results
  • Contributing to WP5 Evidence based public policy making and supporting all other WP
  • Nominating experts and stakeholders for inclusion in project activities
  • Supporting project dissemination and knowledge exchange activities

For more information: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies