Age UK's research team works in partnership with the policy team, other departments within Age UK, and other organisations to progress our understanding of the social, economic and physiological factors that contribute towards a positive later life.
Research Manager: Dr Marcus Green
Marcus leads Age UK's programme of social, economic and evaluation research, including:
- developing the strategy
- commissioning and funding research
- managing in-house research content
- working with others in the Charity to embed and implement research results for the benefit of older people, e.g. through change for the better in public policy and services for older people.
Marcus and his team provide information and advice across the organisation on social research and evaluation design and methodology.
Research Adviser: Sujata Ray
Su is responsible for delivering an agreed programme of social research for the Charity. She advises colleagues on research needs, design, planning and commissioning.
Research Manager: Phil Rossall
Phil works part-time in a team of information and analysis specialists responsible for knowledge management and transfer of research evidence to benefit later life.
The team gathers and interprets evidence for thought leadership within Age UK and contributes research knowledge and insight to strategic thinking in key public policy and service delivery areas.
The team provides the evidence base for Age UK, checks the accuracy of its statistics and data in its external communications and leads on establishing an evidence-based culture throughout Age UK.
Phil contributes to the Knowledge Hub which produces a wide range of reports, presentations, books and web-based products.
Additionally, Phil holds a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology.
Research Adviser: Dr Susan Davidson
Susan helps build and maintain our evidence base for knowledge on ageing, including briefings and evidence reviews, and provides statistical data, fact checking, and literature reviews on a host of topics as needed. She is responsible for our online mapping of data and our Research web pages.
In addition, Susan is an Honourary Research Fellow at Lancaster University’s Centre for Ageing Research.
Chief Economist: Professor José Iparraguirre
José leads Age UK's economic thinking and analysis on public policy issues, delivers research projects on economics and socio-gerontology, and supports colleagues in economic and statistical matters across the Charity.
Research Manager – Evaluation and Impact: Vinal Karania
Vinal manages, designs, carries out, and disseminates research and evaluation in support of the Charity’s objectives.
Vinal supports colleagues in the Charity and local Age UKs to understand and develop research and evaluation approaches and processes across service delivery programmes, ensuring that appropriate methodologies are recognised and used. He also supports colleagues in thinking about opportunities to disseminate research and evaluation findings.
Research Manager-Operations: Libby Archer
Libby provides operational management support across the Department’s activities, including research policies and funding, governance and relationships.
Knowledge Management Officer: Olivia Small
Olivia is a Charityworks trainee, who works across various projects to provide support in research and knowledge management. She is responsible for communication planning and knowledge transfer events, such as expert briefings and seminars, and the monthly Policy and Research bulletin.