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Professor Christina Victor
Director of Research Institute / Professor

Mary Seacole 301b

Research area(s)

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 in later life; 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 Interests

Ageing and later life

Wellbeing across the lifecourse

Loneliness and isolation

Research grants and projects

Research Projects


Changing physical activity behaviour in people with MS: iSTEP-MS
Funder: Multiple Sclerosis Society
Duration: January 2017 - December 2018
Why aren't all old people lonely? A comparative analysis of European Union
Funder: Dunhill Medical Trust
Duration: May 2016 - October 2017
The wellbeing needs of older people living with sight loss
Funder: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Duration: July 2015 - June 2016
What Works Wellbeing: Culture Sport and Wellbeing Evidence Review: Social Diversity & Context Matters
Funder: Economic & Social Research Council
Duration: June 2015 - June 2018
Alzheimer's Society - Literature Review
Funder: Alzheimer's Society
Duration: September 2014 - March 2015
Fulfilling Lives: Ageing better evaluation and learning contract
Funder: ECORYS
Duration: February 2014 - December 2021
Living Well with Dementia (IDEAL)
Funder: ESRC
Duration: January 2014 - December 2018
Research Seminars - Ageing Race & Ethnicity
Funder: ESRC
Duration: November 2012 - December 2014
Use as abuse: A feasibility study of Alcohol-related Elder Abuse & Neglect
Funder: Alcohol Research UK
Duration: June 2012 - November 2013
Inter- & intra-generational and transnational caring in minority communities
Funder: The Leverhulme Trust
Duration: March 2011 - January 2014
The social context of ageing and Alzheimer's disease in Jordan
Funder: British Academy
Duration: September 2010 - May 2011
Families and Caring in South Asian Communities
Funder: ESRC
Duration: February 2010 - June 2011

Project details

  • 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)