Christopher Phillipson

Christopher Phillipson


Personal profile


I joined Sociology at the University of Manchester in November 2012 and took up my role as co-Director of MICRA in January 2013. Before coming to Manchester I was Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University where I had founded the Centre for Social Gerontology. During my time at Keele I served as Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies, Research Dean for Social Sciences and as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Academic Development. I continue to hold an honorary position at Keele University. I am a former Deputy-Chair of the ESRC Training and Development Board. I was elected a Fellow of the British Gerontological Society in 2008 and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in 2012. I received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the British Society of Gerontology in 2011. I have served as member of the Advisory Committee of the

New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Norwegian Lifecourse, Ageing and Generations Panel Study.

Research interests


My particular focus concerns social, political and economic issues associated with ageing populations. I have been especially interested in studying questions relating to family and community life in old age, problems of poverty and social exclusion, social theory and ageing, and the impact of globalization on later life. I have held grants in a number of ESRC and cross-research council programmes, including Family and Household Change (ESRC), Growing Older (ESRC-led), Cultures of Consumption (ESRC/AHRC) and the Life Long Health and Well-being research programme (MRC-led). My work on theory applied to ageing has focused on developing a critical gerontology which explores and challenges some of the dominant social and cultural assumptions made about ageing and ageing societies. In terms of my empirical and policy work I have become especially interested in the relationship between population ageing and urbanization, exploring questions about the impact of cities on older people (and vice versa). This work is being supported by Manchester City Council and through a Marie Curie Fellowship from the EU. I also lead an ESRC-funded International Partnership and Networking Scheme (IPNS) which brings together a number of European and North American universities engaged in the study of the impact of demographic change on urban life. I collaborate extensively in my work with colleagues from abroad and in particular Belgium, Holland, Australia and the USA.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, The Experience of Retirement: A Sociological Analysis, University of Durham


Bachelor of Social Science, Degree in Sociology (with Community Work training) 2/1, Birmingham Polytechnic


External positions

Director, Social Science Research Institutes, University of Keele


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Academic Development), Member of University Council and Senate, University of Keele


Dean of Postgraduate Affairs, University of Keele


Dean of Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Keele


Director, Centre for Social Gerontology, University of Keele


Senior Research Fellow, Department of Adult Education, University of Keele


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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