Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling and Professor of Gerontology. Judith was appointed as Research Director for the Healthy Ageing Challenge delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in January 2020. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing.
Before joining the University Judith Phillips was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University which sought to strengthen social sciences across the University and embed a social science perspective in Engineering and Medicine. She was also Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales.
Following a geography degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she went to study at Stockholm University, Jesus College, Oxford and UEA, Norwich, where she worked as a researcher and a lecturer before joining the Centre for Social Gerontology at the University of Keele in 1993. Judith returned to Wales in 2004 to set up the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.
She has received recognition for her scholarship through numerous Fellowships: the Gerontological Society of America; the British Society of Gerontology; the London School of Economics, New College, Oxford and the Swedish Universities of Umeå and Lund. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Older People.
Professor Phillips has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Professor Phillips has an impressive track record of research grant capture across many disciplines. Her many publications on social work and older people are extensively used by students, with translations made into several languages. She has extensive links with both the Welsh and UK governments, social services departments and Welsh business. Between 2008 and 2010 Professor Phillips was President of the British Society of Gerontology. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020. In addition, Professor Phillips is an executive member of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing - part of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2016 Professor Phillips chaired the Welsh Government Expert group on Housing an Ageing Population.