Loretta Platts

Loretta Platts


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Research interests

I am a member of the Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse (WHERL) academic research project, led by the Institute of Gerontology at King's College London. WHERL is one of the Extended Working Lives consortia grants funded by the ESRC and the MRC.

My work examines how individuals' work and family histories influence the likelihood that they will continue paid work up to or beyond the state pension age in the UK. These histories will also be used to model older people's finances and state of health.

More broadly, I am interested in how health inequalities are generated over the course of people's lives and how these processes vary in relation to the social context. My research explores this theme using a variety of large prospective cohorts from both Western and Eastern Europe.

Research interests (short)

life course; health inequalities; international comparison; health and well-being

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Politics and societies in Europe/Comparative politics: Russia and the CIS, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Human Sciences, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004


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