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PROF Simon Biggs


  • Social Gerontology and Social Policy (Lifecourse, Intergenerational Relations, Demographic Change, Baby Boomers, Elder Abuse, Age Friendly Environments, Identity, Working Life)



  • Simon Biggs, PhD. Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy 

    School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University, Australia.
    Simon has worked as a Community Psychologist and for the UK Social Work Council before joining Keele University, becoming Professor of Social Gerontology in 2000. He was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University in 2002, and the UK representative on the EC Masters in Gerontology Programme 2002-2004. From 2004- 2010 he was Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London UK. Since Sept 2010, he has worked in Australia as The Brotherhood of St Laurence Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy at the School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University. He has a number of continuing international links including the Universities of Heidelberg, Helsinki, University College Dublin. He has participated in EU, UK, Australian and Canadian Government briefings on population ageing, dignity in later life and on elder protection. From 2008 to 2014 he was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.
    He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences in 2016 and is an advisory board member of the  Danish National Centre for Social Research.
    UK research has included the World Health Organisation’s ‘Age friendly cities’ project; ESRC study of baby boomers; uses of adaptive technology in later life; the first national prevalence study of elder abuse and neglect. He has been engaged in a number of Australian research initiatives including: mature-age workers (ARC); intergenerational relationships (LMCF); Peri-urban growth (Vic Health) and social aspects of dementia (NHMRC) . He is an Executive member of the National Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, where he leads the research stream on attitudes and cultur   


Member of

  • British Academy of Social Sciences. Elected Member 2016 - 2021
  • British Psychological Society. Cartered Counselling Psychologist 2000 - 2020
  • British Society of Gerontology. Member 1986 - 2020
  • World Economic Forum. Agenda Council on Ageing Societies Member 2008 - 2014


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Additional Grant Information

  • 1996-1999 £62,257. NHS Executive (LORS), `Assessing the impact of age-specific housing’ (Lead researcher with M. Bernard & P. Kingston)

    1998-2000 £12,385. ESRC Research Seminar Competition Award: ‘Choosing not to grow old: age and identity in contemporary society’

    2000-2003 £185,510. National Lottery Fund ‘New Lifestyles in Old Age: Health, Identity & Well-being in Retirement Communities’ (With M. Bernard, & P Kingston)

    2003 14,000 Euros European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop: ‘Intergenerational Relationships, Migration & Ageing’. Participants from 12 countries attended.

    2004-2007 £ 200,000 ESRC. LBS4All: location based technology and mobility for blind and older people. (with Raper, J. & Wood, J. (City), Petrie, H (York), Ordinance Survey & RNIB).

    2005-2007 £189,000. ESRC/AHRB. Cultures of Consumption Research Programme Phase II. ‘ Boomers & beyond: mature imagination and intergenerational consumption in midlife’ ( with Leach, R. & Phillipson, C. Keele University).

    2005-2008 £500,000 Comic Relief/ Department of Health. ‘UK Elder Abuse Prevalence Study’ in partnership with National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).

    2005-2008 £9,000 Age Concern Spirituality & Successful Ageing

    2006-2008 £8,250 WHO/Help the Aged ‘Age Friendly Cities’ Initiative: London Project.

    2006-2008 £15,000 The Hartford UK. Comparative analysis of international trends in personal retirement planning and Facing Retirement Forum.

    2008-2010 Improving services to stroke patients. NHS R&D. with School of Health & Social Care, KCL.

    2008-2009 £58,000. Linking Health Survey England and UK Elder Abuse Data. Department of Health. With NatCen.



Education and training

  • PhD, University of London 1979

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of World Demographic Association, 2007
  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society, 1979



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