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Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender, Surrey UniversityResearch Funder/Centre

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The Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG) is an established research centre within the Sociology Department of the University of Surrey. CRAG focuses specifically on the interconnections between gender and ageing. CRAG conducts research on how transitions regarding Later life have different meanings and implications for older women and men, and on the ways in which policy should take into account these differences. CRAG takes a holistic life course approach, emphasising the need to examine the connections between different aspects of people's lives, in terms of the effects of income and material circumstances on health, nutrition, sleep and well-being. CRAG aims for a fuller understanding of these connections in men's and women's lives.


The principal aim is to advance understanding of how gender influences the experience of ageing, and how ageing influences gender roles and relationships. This is achieved by: Undertaking research on gender and ageing. CRAG members have expertise in a range of research methodologies, including qualitative research, evaluation research, and secondary analysis of large national data sets. Collaborating on interdisciplinary projects with psychologists, nutritionists, economists, bio-medical scientists, and health specialists. Taking an holistic approach, which emphasises the interconnections between health, income and material resources, and social roles and relationships, and how these vary for older men and women. Adopting a life course approach which links socio-economic position, roles and relationships in later life to the earlier biographies of men and women. Encouraging scientific exchange through honorary visiting research positions for international scholars. Providing opportunities for doctoral research students in a stimulating research environment. Collaborating with user groups concerned with older people's well-being. Organising and participating in conferences, seminars and workshops which disseminate research findings to the academic community, professional groups and the general public. Developing a media profile for exchange and dissemination of information and research findings.

Main research areas

Older People and their Families

Understanding sleep across the life course

Food in later Life

Choosing Foods, Eating Meals, Sustaining Independence and Quality of Life

Alcohol and Older People

Older men, their health and social networks

Optimising quality sleep among older people in the community and care homes
 Marie Curie Research Training Network - The biomedical and sociological effects of sleep restriction

Research disciplines

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


Dr Kate Davidson


Department of Sociology
University of Surrey
United Kingdom


+44 (1483) 683964


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