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Institute Of Gerontology, King's College LondonResearch Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



The Institute of Gerontology is an internationally recognised centre for the study of ageing and later life. A leading centre of international scholarship on ageing. A Multidisciplinary Institute, encompassing social, psychological and biological gerontology. It is situated on the South Bank, at the heart of London's cultural district. Research is either funded externally or pursued by individual members of staff. Recent funders have included the ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Nuffield Foundation.As a multidisciplinary department, our research spans many of the social and life sciences and ventures at times into the arts; our findings contribute to many areas of public debate and policy.


Engage in state of the art research into the social, psychological and biological process of adult ageing.

Provide multidisciplinary, research led education for practitioners in Health, Social Care and the Voluntary Sector, including both physical and social scientists.

Engage with critical policy issues for the benefit of older people.

Collaborate with a variety of partners and stakeholders to deliver multidisciplinary research of relevance to ageing populations.

Main research areas

Biological ageing

Areas of interest include: ageing of the blood brain barriers; cerebrospinal fluid turnover and hormone delivery to the brain; the in utero environment and late life diseases.


Material environment and its relation to ageing

Areas of interest include: implications of technological advances for older people; housing needs and circumstances.


Psychological and social aspects of ageing

Areas of interest include: intergenerational relationships and lifestyles; identity and the adult lifecourse, counselling and psychotherapy with older people, social participation and employment of older people.


The individual, service providers and the state

Areas of interest include: family, independent sector or state support and care; relationships between service recipients and providers; elder protection; evaluation of health and social care innovations.


Social and economic positions and population change

family life and implications for support; multiple roles and work in mid and later life; quality of life and living arrangements; provision and receipt of care; demographic change in Britain, Europe and Latin America.

Disciplines of research

Research disciplines

Basic natural sciences,Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral,Economics,Demography


Institute of Gerontology


Institute of Gerontology
Kings College London
701, 7th Floor, Melbourne House
46 Aldwych, Strand Campus
United Kingdom


020 7848 2735


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