Together with Science Animated, we made two animated videos from this project. The most recent one is “Embodied ageism: “I don’t know if you do get to an age where you’re too old to learn””, which interrogates the common stereotypes that older workers are difficult to train and are less motivated to undertake training and development.

The other video “Is some ageism really ableism” explores the question whether some aspects of ageism are really hidden ableism.

Academic papers

A theoretical discussion on the relationship between ageism and ableism is published in Ageing & Society:

Two empirical papers are published as well.

      1. The first empirical paper was published in Frontiers of Sociology, as part of a special collection on ‘New Pathways in Retirement Research: Innovative Perspectives on Social Inequalities and the Distribution of Transitional Risks’:Vickerstaff, S. & Van der Horst, M. (2021). The Impact of Age Stereotypes and Age Norms on Employees’ Retirement Choices: A neglected aspect of research on extended working lives. Frontiers in Sociology. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2021.686645
      2. The second empirical paper is published in the Journal of Aging Studies.Vickerstaff, S. & Vander Horst, M. (2022). Embodied ageism: “I don’t know if you do get to an age where you’re too old to learn”. Journal of Aging studies. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2022.101054

More to follow…



We were invited to the podcast ‘Mature Movers’ by Rosaria Barreto. You can find that wherever you get your podcasts, but there is also a video recording available on YouTube:

We were invited to the ‘Redundancy Podcast’ by David Watts (September 2021). You can find that wherever you get your podcasts.

We have organised a stream for the Gender, Work & Organization 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference (because of Covid-19 delayed to 2021): Transforming Contexts, Transforming Selves: Gender in New Times (organized by University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, now a virtual event). Our stream was on Friday 2 July 2021 and was a successful day with very interesting presentations.

We participated in Virtual policy event: The overlap between ageism and ableism in the workplace on 28 January 2021. Recording of virtual policy event on the overlap between ageism and ableism in the workplace is now online. This contains a short presentation as well as returns after breakout-room sessions to talk about some questions regarding these topics. Based on this virtual event, we also co-written a report with ILC-UK: This report also was picked up by media:

Sarah Vickerstaff has written a blog for Equality Matters on Age and Ageism during Covid-19.

An article has been written by Sheila Callaham for Forbes based on a presentation from our research at the GSA 2019 as well as an interview afterwards, which can be found here.