PROF Philip Taylor

PROF Philip Taylor


  • Older workers, population ageing, sociology of work.



  • I have almost 30 years of experience as an expert researcher, policy writer and governmental and NGO advisor on ageing. Research interests include individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers and international developments in public policy aimed at extending working life. I have led, and being an active senior member of, teams investigating, consulting and collaborating in critical areas of ageing and associated topics. I have taken a leading role in designing and implementing intelligent policy and program solutions to the many issues raised by ageing. I am frequently invited to address major national and international conferences. I maintain membership of national and international committees, especially those concerned with the implications of workforce ageing, and have a current, leading role in Australian and international research groups. I have managed complex research projects; obtaining substantial funding for major multi-disciplinary and international programs of research in Australia and overseas. I am comfortable and productive in diverse professional settings, including carrying out deadline-driven, high-pressure, confidential and sensitive consultancies. I have provided oral evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on Aspects of the Economics of an Ageing Population and to the Employment Committee of the European Union. I have provided advice to senior politicians and served as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Senior Victorians.   


Member of

  • Gerontological Society of America. Chair, Older Workers Interest Group 2013 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, Cranfield University 1989

Awards and honors

  • Glenda Powell Travelling Fellow 2018, Australian Association of Gerontology, 2017