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  • British Society of Gerontology 44th Annual Conference – Ageing in changing times: challenges and future prospects

    University of Northumbria/Newcastle, 1-3 July 2015


    Gemma argues that surveys must explore the social context of ageing

    Gemma Carney, Paula Devine and Stephanie Doebler gave a paper ‘What has SHARE told us about ageing in Europe? A critical review of the literature’.

    Longitudinal surveys are key tools for gerontologists and public health researchers investigating age and ageing.  However, this presentation casted a critical gerontology gaze on the construction of knowledge of ageing and older people in Europea, using the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) as a case study.  Central to this approach is the contention that societally held assumptions about ageing and older people are implicit within survey design.


    Gemma and Paula are members of the ARK Ageing Programme team.  Stephanie Doebler is based in the School of Geography, Queen’s University Belfast.