DR Ruth Williams

DR Ruth Williams


  • Workforce lifespan issues; discrimination - age, gender, disability, race; intergenerational relationships



  • 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 Lecturer in the Master of Ageing at the University of Melbourne. Ruth’s research focuses on the relationship between age and the labour market across the lifespan. 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 intergenerational workforce. Ruth is the author of the Age Management Toolkit for Employers and has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne, the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre and in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.   


Member of

  • Australian Association of Gerontology. Individual member and Collaborating Research Centre 2016 - 2019
  • International Federation of Ageing. Organisational membership - contact person 2016 - 2019
  • International Longevity Centre - Australian Chapter. Organisational membership - contact person 2015 - 2019


Selected publications


Education and training

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


Available for supervision

  • Y