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Work & Retirement

This Special Interest Group (SIG) brings together a wide range of stakeholders who are interested in issues around work and retirement in later life. Given the increased policy attention to these issues and the changes to patterns of work and retirement in later life this is a crucial issue. However, there are concerns that the empirical evidence is not necessarily being used to inform practice. The SIG will provide a forum for knowledge exchange between academics and practitioners working in the field. As such this SIG has the potential to work collaboratively not just within the BSG Society but also externally, with members working on journal papers, conference presentations and grant applications. Our initial members are drawn from a number of different academic disciplines and professional backgrounds.

Upcoming events

Please note the Work and Retirement SIG are not holding a meeting during the BSG Online Event Series, 1-3 July. The next event is a webinar on 'The Faces of Entrepreneurs are Changing' on Tuesday 14 July from 3:00PM - 4:00PM BST

Register here or for more information please contact Martin Hyde on

Aims & Objectives:

The members of the proposed Work and Retirement SIG have extensive knowledge and experience in working with issues around work and retirement. As such the group would be at the forefront of research being done in this area and ideally placed to identify opportunities to develop research ideas, engage with policy makers and encourage ERA members through collaborative activities and mentoring. We will work together with the incoming and future ERA Chairs to support junior colleagues in the Society.

This group will support the BSG's overall aim of enabling and supporting ageing research, theory, pedagogy, policy and practice in the UK and internationally. The Work and Retirement SIG will contribute to the Society's objectives by promoting new gerontological knowledge associated to work and retirement; building research capacity in these areas; and by shaping and responding to public and policy issues and debates on changing nature of work and retirement. 


Chair: Martin Hyde, Swansea University.

Membership of the Work & Retirement SIG is open to all.

Angela Watson (New Middle Age)

 Cara Reed (Swansea University)

 Chris Ball (Newcastle University)

 David Lain (Newcastle University)

 Girogio Di-Dessa (LSE)

 Katrina Pritchard (Swansea University)

 Laurie Corna (KCL)

 Mariska van der Horst (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

 Matt Flynn (University of Hull)

Ruth Winden (OlderYetBolder)

 Sarah Vickerstaff (University of Kent)

 Francisca Ortiz (University of Manchester)
Tatiana Rowson (Henley Business School)
Wouter De Tavernier (KU Leuven)
Valerie Egdell (Newcastle Business School)

Viv Poole

Alison Herbert (National University of Ireland)