Prof Alan Walker

Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology

Sociological Studies

Social Sciences

Research Expertise:

  • Ageing research
  • Quality of later life
  • Social policy


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Alan Walker joined the Department in 1977 and was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Social Policy. He was appointed Professor of Social Policy in 1985 and was Head of Department from 1988 to 1996. He directed the £3.5 million ESRC Growing Older Programme, 1999-2004, and the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research, 2001-2004. He is currently Director of two major European Projects: INNOVAGE and MOPACT. Previously he directed the European Research Area in Ageing and the FUTURAGE Project. He supervises a large number of postgraduate students and was until recently the Research Director for the Social Sciences Division in the University.