School of Social and Political Science

Health inequalities, disability and older people


A lifecourse approach

Our research on health inequalities, disability and ageing takes a lifecourse approach.

  • We are interested in how inequalities in society affect people’s health at different life stages and across the Globe.
  • We want to understand discrimination against disabled people and how society could be different and more inclusive.
  • We are interested in older people, ageism and how services for older people can be better organized.
  • We are interested in how society provides care for people with long term health conditions, disabled people and older people.
  • We recognize that care is unequal and that lifecourse inequalities affect health in later life.

Research themes

Our team works in the following arts of research:

  • health inequalities
  • disability
  • older people
  • lifecourse
  • discrimination
  • care
Research staff and PHD students

PhD students

  • Adele Van Wyk
  • Deidre Wallace
  • Ye Wang
Additional information

Recent research on this theme includes Jackie Gulland’s research on the development of disability benefits in the UK, George Palattiyil’s research on HIV and AIDs, Franziska Meinck’s research on the lifecourse effects of violence in childhood, Pearse McCusker’s research on elder abuse and safeguarding older adults. George Palattiyil and Sumeet Jain's research on Understanding and reducing the psychosocial impact of Coronavirus social distancing and behavioural changes on families of care home residents in Scotland.

Staff members in the social work subject area are members of:


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