Professor Simon Biggs

Simon Biggs, PhD. Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy
School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University, Australia.
Simon has worked as a Community Psychologist and for the UK Social Work Council before joining Keele University, becoming Professor of Social Gerontology in 2000. He was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University in 2002, and the UK representative on the EC Masters in Gerontology Programme 2002-2004. From 2004- 2010 he was Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London UK. Since Sept 2010, he has worked in Australia as The Brotherhood of St Laurence Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy at the School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University. He has a number of continuing international links including the Universities of Heidelberg, Helsinki, University College Dublin. He has participated in EU, UK, Australian and Canadian Government briefings on population ageing, dignity in later life and on elder protection. From 2008 to 2014 he was a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies. Since 2016, he has been an advisory board member of the  Danish National Centre for Social Research.
UK research has included the World Health Organisation’s ‘Age friendly cities’ project; ESRC study of baby boomers; uses of adaptive technology in later life; the first national prevalence study of elder abuse and neglect. He has been engaged in a number of Australian research initiatives including: mature-age workers (ARC); intergenerational relationships (LMCF); Peri-urban growth (Vic Health) and social aspects of dementia (NHMRC) . He is an Executive member of the National Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, where he leads the research stream on attitudes and culture and is CI on two NHMRC projects: the role of regulation in care and dementia campaigning in the public sphere.
Simon works with the Research and Policy Centre, advising on strategic and policy issues in ageing and retirement, at the Melbourne based NGO ‘The Brotherhood of St Laurence’ the BSL has a principle concern for social justice and equality. He is also a grants advisory  member for Melbourne's  Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.
His Interests include the relationship between social identity and adult ageing, including the analysis of international and national social policy and the changing adult life-course. Written work has extended to: community care policies; technologies of self, such as counselling and psychotherapy in later life; midlife and maturity; intergenerational relationships; spirituality and ageing; lifestyles and retirement communities; public policy toward old age; social theory and ageing. His PhD is in Psychology, from Birkbeck College , London. 
 

Qualifications

  • PhD Psychology (University of London, 1979)

2016

Book Chapters

2015

Journal Articles Refereed
Major Reference works
Minor Reports and Working Papers

2014

Journal Articles Refereed

2013

Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles Refereed
Journal Articles Unrefereed Letters or Notes
  • Jens Zinn, Simon Biggs, Dina Bowman, SAWYER A, Dan Woodman 2013, 'Some useful sources', Social Policy and Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 12, issue 2.
Other Refereed Contribution to Refereed Journals
Minor Reports and Working Papers

2012

Major Reports and Working Papers
Minor Reports and Working Papers

2011

Authored Research Books
Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles Refereed

2010

Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles Refereed

2009

Journal Articles Refereed

2008

Journal Articles Refereed

2007

Journal Articles Refereed

2006

Journal Articles Refereed

2005

Journal Articles Refereed

2004

Authored Research Books
Edited Books

2003

Authored Research Books

Member of

  • British Society of Gerontology. Member. 1986-2020
  • World Economic Forum. Agenda Council on Ageing Societies Member. 2008-2020
  • World Demographic Association. Fellow. 2007-2020
  • British Psychological Society. Cartered Counselling Psychologist. 2000-2020

Supervision

Not available for supervision.