Christina Victor

Professor Christina Victor

Professor of Public Health / Vice-Dean Research - School Management, Health Studies

Room: Room 301b, Mary Seacole Building
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 268730

About Christina

Academic qualifications



Christina joined Brunel in October 2009 as Professor of Gerontology and Public Health in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care l having previously held professorial posts at Reading University and St George’s Hospital Medical School. Christina started her academic career as a geographer with a particular interest in the spatial distribution of health and illness and access to, and provision of, health and social care. She has a BA in Geography from Swansea University and an M Phil in medical geography from Nottingham.  

It was whilst working at the Medical School in Cardiff that she developed  her interests in gerontology and her PhD investigated outcome after discharge for older people in Wales and she now focuses her interests in public health/population medicine on to the experiences of old age and later life. Christina’s initial research interests were focussed upon  health and health inequalities and the evaluation of services for older people.  

More recently she developed a keen interest in loneliness and isolation; the benefits of exercise and activity in later life and the experiences of old age and later life amongst minority communities. She is currently leading a number of research projects funded by range of ages including ESRC (‘Families and Caring in South Asian Communities); Leverhulme (Inter and intra generational patterns of caring amongst minority communities); Dunhill medical trust (dignity in care for older people). In addition she is part of research projects focussing upon falls prevention in mental health settings (funded by NIHR); Dementia services development in Jordan (funded by the British academy); an intervention to increase exercise amongst older people in primary care (funded by NIHR) and understanding the links between care homes and primary care (funded by SDO).

Christina has written over 180 journal articles and book chapters and has published 8 books in the field of gerontology. Her most recent book, Ageing, Health and Care, was launched by Policy Press at the British Society of Gerontology conference held at Brunel in July 2010. She has recently taken over as Editor of Ageing and Society, the leading social gerontology journal in the UK. In addition she is a member of a range grant awarding bodies including NIHR and ESRC. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.  


Committee responsibilities

  • University: Subcommittee on postgraduate research students
  • School research committee
  • School Postgraduate research studies committee (Chair)
  • School: Director of Health Studies Committee and member of School Senior Management Group

Admin responsibilities

Director of the Doctorate in Public Health

Teaching responsibilities

  • Contributor to the School research methods and evidence based public health modules
  • MSc Dissertation supervisor

PhD supervision

I am currently supervising 8 doctoral students

Teaching / Supervision

Teaching interest

Development of research students and post-doctoral/early career researchers


Research interests

My principal research interests are focussed around understanding the social context of ageing and later life. More specifically I have specialist interests around loneliness and social isolation; care and caring; growing old amongst minority communities; physical activity, exercise and later life and the use of secondary data analysis in gerontological research.  I also am active in the broad areas of service evaluation, health inequalities and public health aspects of old age and population ageing, especially in the developing world.

Research centres

Research projects and grants

  • 2010 Leverhulme Foundation-Inter and intra-generational patterns of caring amongst minority community  (£225,000) with Prof V Burholt & Dr W Martin
  • 2009 Dunhill Medical Trust-Dignity in care for older people (with Dr W Martin, Dr V Williams, Dr S Richards, Prof A Le May & Prof D Oliver) (£125,000)
  • 2008 ESRC Intergenerational relationships and support networks of older South Asians: a comparison of elders living in the UK , India and Bangladesh (with Prof Burholt) (£72696)
  • 2007 ESRC-New Dynamics of Ageing Programme-family and caring amongst South Asian communities £380,000 (with Dr  W P Martin)
  • 2007 Thomas Pocklington Trust –quality of life of people with visual impairment-£50000-M Gosney and C Victor (extension of £25,000 October 2008)
  • 2006 Framework 6-independence in old age –work packages on acceptability of technology and falls prevention (C Victor)-£300000 (approx)
  • 2006 ESC-NDA preparatory network on safety and security in old age (with Dr R McCrindle)
  • 2006 Thames Valley Primary Care Network £25,000-pilot study of exercise and older people (T Harris, C Victor & D Cook)


Membership and affiliation

  • Member British Society of Gerontology
  • Associate Member British Geriatrics Society
  • Fellow Faculty of Public Health


Journal Papers

(2015)  Harris, T. , Kerry, SM. , Victor, CR. , Ekelund, U. , et al. , A Primary Care Nurse-Delivered Walking Intervention in Older Adults: PACE (Pedometer Accelerometer Consultation Evaluation)-Lift Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial, PLoS Medicine 12 (2)  Download publication

(2014)  Clare, L. , Nelis, SM. , Quinn, C. , Martyr, A. , et al. , Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life - living well with dementia: study protocol for the IDEAL study, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 12 -  Download publication

(2014)  Bunn, F. , Dickinson, A. , Simpson, C. , Narayanan, V. , et al. , Preventing falls among older people with mental health problems: A systematic review, BMC Nursing 13 (1)

(2014)  Shaw, J. , Kontos, P. , Martin, W.  and Victor, C. , The inter-relation between policy and practice for transitions from hospital to home: an ethnographic case study in England’s National Health Service, BMC Health Services Research 14 (Suppl 2)  : P111 Download publication

(2014)  Goodman, C. , Gordon, AL. , Martin, F. , Davies, SL. , et al. , Effective health care for older people resident in care homes: the optimal study protocol for realist review, Systematic Reviews 3 (2014)  : 49 Download publication

(2014)  Rogers, A. , Harris, T. , Victor, CR. , Woodcock, A. , et al. , Which older people decline participation in a primary care trial of physical activity and why: insights from a mixed methods approach, BMC Geriatrics 14 -  Download publication

(2014)  Carey, IM. , Shah, SM. , DeWilde, S. , Harris, T. , et al. , Increased risk of acute cardiovascular events after partner bereavement a matched cohort study, JAMA Internal Medicine 174 (4)  : 598- 605

(2014)  Nyman, SR.  and Victor, CR. , Older people's participation and engagement in falls prevention interventions: Comparing rates and settings, European Geriatric Medicine 5 (1)  : 18- 20

(2014)  Nyman, SR.  and Victor, CR. , Use of personal call alarms among community-dwelling older people, Ageing and Society 34 (1)  : 67- 89

(2013)  Shah, SM. , Carey, IM. , Harris, T. , DeWilde, S. , et al. , Impact of partner bereavement on quality of cardiovascular disease management, Circulation 128 (25)  : 2745- 2753

(2013)  Shah, SM. , Carey, IM. , Harris, T. , DeWilde, S. , et al. , Initiation of psychotropic medication after partner bereavement: A matched cohort study, PLoS One 8 (11)  : e77734 Download publication

(2012)  Victor, CR. , Loneliness in care homes: A neglected area of research?, Aging Health 8 (6)  : 637- 646

(2012)  Victor, CR. , Burholt, V.  and Martin, W. , Loneliness and Ethnic Minority Elders in Great Britain: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 1- 14

(2012)  Victor, CR. , Martin, W.  and Zubair, M. , Families and caring amongst older people in South Asian communities in the UK: A pilot study, European Journal of Social Work 15 (1)  : 81- 96

(2012)  Victor, CR.  and Bowling, A. , A longitudinal analysis of loneliness among older people in Great Britain, Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied 146 (3)  : 313- 331

(2012)  Victor, CR.  and Yang, K. , The prevalence of loneliness among adults: A case study of the United Kingdom, Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied 146 (1-2)  : 85- 104

(2012)  Victor, CR. , Burholt, V.  and Martin, W. , Loneliness and Ethnic Minority Elders in Great Britain: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 27 (1)  : 65- 78

(2012)  Nyman, SR.  and Victor, CR. , Older people's participation in and engagement with falls prevention interventions in community settings: An augment to the cochrane systematic review, Age and Ageing 41 (1)  : 16- 23

(2012)  Nyman, SR.  and Victor, CR. , Older people's participation in and engagement with falls prevention interventions in community settings: an augment to the Cochrane systematic review., Age Ageing 41 (1)  : 16- 23 Download publication

(2012)  Victor, CR.  and Yang, K. , The prevalence of loneliness among adults: a case study of the United Kingdom., The Journal of psychology 146 (1-2)  : 85- 104

(2012)  Nyman, SR. , Dibb, B. , Victor, CR.  and Gosney, MA. , Emotional well-being and adjustment to vision loss in later life: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies, Disability and Rehabilitation 34 (12)  : 971- 981

(2011)  McCrindle, RJ. , Williams, VM. , Victor, CR. , Harvey, AP. , et al. , Wearable device to assist independent living, International Journal on Disability and Human Development 10 (4)  : 349- 354

(2011)  Victor, CR. , Book review of The Life Course Reader: Individuals and Societies Across Time by Heinz, WR, Huinink, J and Weymann, A, (Eds.), published in Franfurt and New York by Campus Verlag, 2009, Ageing and Society 31 (8)  : 1449- 1450

(2011)  Nyman, SR. , Hogarth, HA. , Ballinger, C.  and Victor, CR. , Representations of old age in falls prevention websites: Implications for likely uptake of advice by older people, British Journal of Occupational Therapy 74 (8)  : 366- 374

(2011)  Nyman, SR.  and Victor, CR. , Older people's recruitment, sustained participation, and adherence to falls prevention interventions in institutional settings: a supplement to the Cochrane systematic review., Age Ageing 40 (4)  : 430- 436 Download publication

(2010)  Nyman, SR. , Gosney, MA.  and Victor, CR. , Psychosocial impact of visual impairment in working age adults, British Journal of Ophthalmology 94 (11)  : 1427- 1431 Download publication

(2010)  Victor, CR. , Where now for social care in England?, BMJ 340c2017

(2010)  Nyman, SR. , Gosney, MA.  and Victor, CR. , Counselling for people with sight loss in the UK: The need for provision and the need for evidence, British Journal of Ophthalmology 94 (3)  : 385- 386 Download publication

(2009)  Harris, TJ. , Owen, CG. , Victor, CR. , Adams, R. , et al. , A comparison of questionnaire, accelerometer, and pedometer: measures in older people, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 41 (7)  : 1392- 1402

(2009)  Higgs, PF. , Hyde, M. , Gilleard, CJ. , Victor, CR. , et al. , From passive to active consumers? Later life consumption in the UK from 1968-2005, Sociological Review 57 (13)  : 102- 124

(2009)  Victor, CR. , The future of social care in England, BMJ 339b3384

(2009)  Harris, TJ. , Owen, CG. , Victor, CR. , Adams, R.  and Cook, DG. , What factors are associated with physical activity in older people, assessed objectively by accelerometry?, British Journal of Sports Medicine 43 442- 450

(2008)  Victor, CR. , The Sociology of Aging, 3rd edition, Ageing and Society 28 (6)  : 908- 909

(2008)  Harris, TJ. , Victor, CR. , Carey, IM. , Adams, R.  and Cook, DG. , Less healthy, but more active: opposing selection biases when recruiting older people to a physical activity study through primary care, BMC Public Health 8182 Download publication

(2008)  Axford, J. , Heron, C. , Ross, F.  and Victor, CR. , Management of knee osteoarthritis in primary care: pain and depression are the major obstacles, Journal of Psychosomatic Research 64 (5)  : 461- 467

(2008)  Yang, K.  and Victor, CR. , The prevalence of and risk factors for loneliness among older people in China, Ageing and Society 28 (03)  : 305- 327 Download publication

(2008)  Jones, IR. , Ahmed, N. , Kelly, M. , Bothamley, G. , et al. , With an attack I associate it more with going into hospital: understanding of asthma and psychosocial stressors: are they related to use of services?, Social Science and Medicine 66 (3)  : 765- 775

(2008)  Harris, TJ. , Carey, IM. , Victor, CR. , Adams, R.  and Cook, DG. , Optimising recruitment into a study of physical activity in older people: a randomised controlled trial of different approaches, Age and Ageing 37 (6)  : 659- 665

(2007)  Victor, C. , Martin, W.  and Saha, S. , Growing older in a transnational community: The experiences of Bangladesh and Pakistani elders in the UK (Conference abstract), The Gerontologist 47 (Special Issue II)  : 317- 317

(2007)  Victor, CR. , McCrindle, R. , Martin, W.  and Barrett, J. , Keeping individuals safe and secure: Older people's perspectives on safety and security and the potential of technology (Conference abstract), The Gerontologist 47 (Special Issue II)  : 456- 456

(2007)  Oliver, D. , Connelly, JB. , Victor, CR. , Shaw, FE. , et al. , Strategies to prevent falls and fractures in hospitals and care homes and effect of cognitive impairment: systematic review and meta-analyses., BMJ 334 (7584)  : 82-

(2005)  Sturdy, PM. , Butland, BK. , Anderson, HR. , Ayres, JG. , et al. , Deaths certified as asthma and use of medical services: a national case-control study, Thorax 60 (11)  : 909- 915 Download publication

(2005)  Harris, T. , Cook, DG. , Victor, CR. , Rink, P. , et al. , Are depression, anxiety and health beliefs important predictors of older people's primary care consulting?, Age and Ageing 34 (4)  : 398- 401

(2005)  Victor, CR. , Scambler, S. , Bowling, A.  and Bond, J. , The prevalence of and risk factors for, loneliness in later life: a survey of older people in Great Britain, Ageing & Society 25 357- 375

(2005)  Barrett, G. , Peacock, J. , Victor, CR.  and Manyonda, I. , Cesarean section and postnatal sexual health, Birth 32 (4)  : 306- 311

(2005)  Peacock, PJ. , Peacock, JL. , Victor, CR.  and Chazot, C. , Changes in the emergency workload of the London Ambulance Service between 1989 and 1999, Emergency Medicine Journal 22 (1)  : 56- 59 Download publication

Book Chapters

(2014)  Vera-Sanso, P. , Barrientos, A. , Damodaran, L. , Gilhooly, K. , et al. , Participation and social connectivity. In: Walker, A.  ed. The New Science of Ageing. Bristol, UK : Policy Press -

(2012)  Zubair, M. , Martin, W.  and Victor, CR. , Doing Pakistani ethnicity, the female way: Issues of identity, trust and recruitment when researching older Pakistani Muslims in the UK. In: Leontowitsch, M.  ed. Researching Later Life and Ageing.Expanding Qualitative Research Agendas and Methods. Basingstoke : Palgrave MacMillan 63- 83

(2009)  Hyde, M. , Higgs, P. , Gilleard, C. , Victor, C. , et al. , Aging, cohorts, and consumption: the British experience 1968-2005. In: Jones, IR. , Higgs, P.  and Ekerdt, DJ.  eds. Consumption and Generational Change. New Brunswick, USA and London, UK : Transaction Publishers 93- 125


(2011)  Victor, C. , Caring for the elderly. Routledge

(2010)  Victor, C. , Ageing, health and care. Policy Press

(2009)  Bond, J. , Victor, C.  and Scambler, S. , The social world of older people. Open Univerity Press

(2008)  Victor, C. , Higgs, P. , Gilleard, C.  and Hyde, M. , Ageing in a consumer society: from passive to active consumption in Britain. Policy Press

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