Professor Alan Walker

BA, DLitt, Hon DSocSc (HKBU), FBA, FRSA, AcSS, CBE

Professor Alan Walker

Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology

Department: Sociological Studies

Faculty: Social Sciences

Research expertise

  • Ageing research

  • Quality of later life

  • Social policy


Telephone: +44 114 222 6466


University profile


Alan Walker joined the Department in 1977 and was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Social Policy. He was appointed Professor of Social Policy in 1985 and was Head of Department from 1988–1996. He directed the £3.5 million ESRC Growing Older Programme (1999–2004) and the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research (2001–2004).

He is currently Director of two major European Projects: INNOVAGE and MOPACT. Previously he directed the European Research Area in Ageing and the FUTURAGE project. He supervises a large number of postgraduate students and was until recently the Research Director for the Social Sciences Division in the University.