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Rethinking Retirement ESRC Seminar Series Home Seminars & Contact

Co-ordinators: David Lain (University of Brighton), Wendy Loretto (University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Vickerstaff (University of Kent)

Population changes and workforce ageing are prompting a rethink of retirement by individuals, employers, governments and researchers. Increasing life expectancy and delays in the onset of ill health create potential opportunities for those wanting to perform paid or voluntary work. However, older people will also need to work and save more in future, given financial pressures on pensions and public services. The state pension age is to start rising above 65 from 2016, and to further encourage employment the government the government abolished the default retirement age of 65 in 2011.

This seminar series therefore explored the extent to which retirement is changing, and likely to change, in future. It brought together researchers from a range of different fields, alongside policy makers and practitioners from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, the Age and Employment Network and other organizations.

Contacts for those interested in the series
David Lain (
Wendy Loretto (
Sarah Vickerstaff (

Seminar topics

The Changing Context of Retirement
(University of Edinburgh, 25 February 2011)

Retirement Incomes and Planning
(London Metropolitan University, 6 May 2011)

Employment and Retirement
(Manchester, Equality and Human Rights Commission, 4 November 2011)

Activity, Unpaid Work and Active Ageing
(University of Brighton, 24 February 2012)

The Future of Retirement
(University of Kent, 4 May 2012)

Findings from the Seminars

Research Outputs from the Series

Themed section of Social Policy and Society on Pensions

Special issue of Employee Relations


Retirement cartoon

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