Researching Ageing: Key Issues for Research Methods in Gerontology



Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton


Dr Rebekah Luff, Dr Elisabeth Schroder-Butterfill and Dr Kritika Samsi


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Co-ordinator
National Centre for Research Methods
University of Southampton
Tel: 02380594069


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Building 39, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hants


This course aims to introduce researchers at all levels to a selection of methodological issues that most commonly arise when undertaking research with older adults. The day will consider both practical and ethical best practice in relation to data collection with older adults with dementia, with those living in a care home and with older adults living in other countries.  Additionally the day will introduce the availability and opportunities in using secondary data sources to study older populations, including panel surveys.

The course covers:

  • Research with older adults living in a care home
  • Ethical research with older adults with dementia
  • Overseas research with older adults
  • Considerations in using secondary data analysis for researching older adults

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand some of the main practical issues involved in undertaking research with older adults with dementia, with older adults living in a care home and in overseas projects with older adults.
  • Be aware of the important ethical considerations in undertaking research with more vulnerable older populations.
  • Be able to consider the opportunities and limitations of secondary data sets in relation to research with older adults, especially those over 80.

This course would be appropriate for a wide-ranging audience of those with an interest in gerontology, health and social care more generally. It is suitable for academics at all levels as well as government and charity researchers.



The fee per teaching day is:

• £30 per day for UK/EU registered students
• £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
• £220 per day for all other participants

All fees include event materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. They do not include travel and accommodation costs.

Website and registration:


South West


Participant Recruitment, Quality in Qualitative Research, Quality in Quantitative Research, Research Ethics , Management of User Involvement , Secondary Analysis , Gerontology , Dementia , Cross-national research

Related publications and presentations:

Participant Recruitment
Quality in Qualitative Research
Quality in Quantitative Research

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