DR Ruth Williams

DR Ruth Williams


  • (Workforce Ageing, Social Gerontology)



  • Ruth Williams is the Academic Convenor of the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Ruth’s research on social gerontology focuses on the relationship between age and the labour market. She has project managed research exploring the experiences, meaning and importance of older worker’s work-life transitions, employer attitudes, workplace policy, the relationship between health and employment, and caregiving and labour force participation. She has also worked in collaboration with a number of industry partners and organisational case studies from domestic and international government, university and private sectors to identify and implement strategies to maximise the benefits of an ageing workforce. Ruth is the author of the Age Management Toolkit for Employers and has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Ballarat 2009
  • BTeach (Hons), University of Melbourne 1998
  • BA, Monash University 1994



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Research Interests:
    Workforce Ageing
    Social Gerontology
    Age Discrimination