Professor Karen Glaser

  • Lead and Principal Investigator

Professor Karen Glaser, PhD, is a Professor in Gerontology and Director of Institute of Gerontology (IoG), Department of Social Science Health & Medicine (SSHM), King’s College London. Her research interests include: comparative studies of family structure, proximity and support (e.g. in the UK, Southern Europe and Latin America); the relationship between the multiple roles of mid-life individuals and well-being at older ages; comparative analyses of changes in the living arrangements of older people; and the relationship between disruptions in key life course events, in particular family disruption due to divorce, death, or re-partnering and social support in later life. She is now leading this cross-research council consortium on Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse (WHERL).

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Blog Posts

Reversing retirement

Reversing retirement It is surprisingly common for retirees to reverse their retirement: New research from a cross-research council funded consortium led by Professor Karen Glaser at King’s College London suggests that up to one quarter of Britons have been “unretiring” in recent years. However, not everybody has the same opportunities to unretire: those who are ...Read More »
Professor Karen Glaser

Health effects of working beyond State Pension Age in England

New publication on the IUSSP news magazine, which disseminates in rigorous but plain language scientific findings from demographic research carried out all over the world. Health effects of working beyond State Pension Age in England
Professor Karen Glaser

Welcome to WHERL

Welcome everyone to the Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse website Welcome to the Website and Blog for WHERL,  a new research project investigating ageing, work and health across the lifecourse.  I am the Principal Investigator for the project, which involves 5 institutions and 3 project partners.  We hope over the course of this project ...Read More »
Professor Karen Glaser