Age equality reading list

The following is a selection of books and journal articles on age and equality issues. Please email our Library and Information Services Manager if you have a suggestion for a book or journal article to add to this list.

Acas (2019) Age discrimination: key points for the workplace, London: Acas. 

Age UK (2017) Briefing: Human rights of older persons and their comprehensive care, London: Age UK.  

Age UK (2019) Later life in the United Kingdom, London: Age UK.  Available at:

Ardill, N. (2013) 'Age discrimination in services: the new law', Elder Law Journal, 3, 1: 93-97.

Ashcroft, K. (2012) 'Age discrimination in services, public functions and associations', Equal Opportunities Review, 230: 26-27.

Banks, J., Batty, G., Begum, N., Demakakos, P., Oliveira, C., Head, J., Hussey, D., Lassale, C., Littleford, C., Matthews, K., Nazroo, J., Oldfield, Z., Oskala, A., Steptoe, A. and Zaninotto, P. (2016) The Dynamics of Ageing: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing 2002–15 (Wave 7). London: Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Blackham, A (2019) Interrogating the “Dignity” Argument for Mandatory Retirement: An Undignified Development?’ Industrial Law Journal 48(3), pp. 377–415.

Blackham, A. (2019) 'Young workers and age discrimination: tensions and conflicts', Industrial Law Journal 48, 1: 1-33.

Blackham, A (2016) Extending Working Life for Older Workers: Age Discrimination Law, Policy and Practice, Hart.

Blackham, A (2016) Reflexive Change? A Quantitative Review of the Impact of the Equality Act 2010 on Age Equality Measures in Organisations, International Journal of Discrimination and the Law,  16(2-3), pp. 122-142.

Blackham, A (2016) Reforming Default Retirement Ages: Regulating Out Precariousness for Older Workers? European Labour Law Journal 7(1), pp. 4–29.

Bluestone, K. and Hill, K. (2015) 'A UN Convention on the Rights of Older People: a missing piece of the human rights jigsaw', Elder Law Journal, 5, 3: 328-32.

Butler, F. (2006) Rights for real: older people, human rights and the CEHR, London: Age Concern. 

Cann, P. and Dean M. (2009) Unequal ageing: the untold story of exclusion in old age. Bristol: Policy Press.

Centre for Better Ageing (2019) The State of Ageing 2019, London: Centre for Better Ageing.  

De Hert, P. and Eugenio, M. (2011) 'Specific human rights for older persons?' European Human Rights Law Review, 4: 398-418.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2011) Close to home: an inquiry into older people and human rights in home care. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016) Technical guidance on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.   

Equinet (2018) Fighting discrimination on the ground of age, Brussels: Equinet. 

Filinson, R. (2008) 'Age discrimination legislation in the UK: a comparative and gerontological analysis', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 23, 3: 225-37.

Fredman, S. and Spencer, S. (2003) Age as an equality issue: legal and policy perspectives. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Goosey, S. (2019) 'Is age discrimination a less serious form of discrimination?' Legal Studies, 39, 3: 533–49.

Herring, J. (2009) Older people in law and society, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee (2018) Older people and employment: Fourth Report of Session 2017-19, London: House of Commons.  

House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee (2018) Older people and employment: Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission: Responses to the Committee's Fourth Report of Session 2017-19: Sixth Special Report of Session 2017-19. London: House of Commons.  

House of Lords Select Committee on Intergenerational Fairness and Provision (2019) Tackling intergenerational unfairness Report of Session 2017–19, HL Paper 329. London: House of Lords.  

Keeble-Ramsay, D. (2018) 'Exploring the concept of "positive ageing" in the UK workplace – a literature review', Geriatrics, 3, 4.  

Lain, D., Airey, L., Loretto, W. and Vickerstaff, S. (2019) 'Understanding older worker precarity: the intersecting domains of jobs, households and the welfare state', Ageing and Society, 39: 10: 2219-41. 

Lee, M (2009) Just Ageing? Fairness, equality and the life course, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Loretto, W., Airey, L. and Yarrow, E (2017) Older people and employment in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.  

Loretto, W., Vickerstaff, S. and White, P. (2007) The future for older workers: new perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press.

Love, J.G and Lynch, K. (2018) 'Enablement and positive ageing: a human rights-based approach to older people and changing demographics', International Journal of Human Rights, 22, 1: 90-107.

Maitland, A. (2010) Working Better: the over 50s, the new work generation, Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Megret, F. (2011) 'The human rights of older persons', Human Rights Law Review, 11, 1: 37-66. 

Parry, E. and McCarthy, J. (eds.) (2017) The Palgrave handbook of age diversity and work. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Phillipson, C., Shepherd, S., Robinson, M. and Vickerstaff, S. (2018) 'Uncertain futures: Organisational influences on the transition from work to retirement', Social Policy and Society, 18: 335-50.  

Royal Society for Public Health (2018) That age old question: How attitudes to ageing affect our health and wellbeing, London: Royal Society for Public Health.  

Sargeant, M. (2010) 'Young workers and age discrimination', International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 26, 4: 467-78.

Sargeant, M. (2011) Age discrimination: Ageism in employment and service provision. Farnham: Gower Publishing.

Smeaton, D. and Vegeris, S. (2009) Older people inside and outside the labour market: a review. Research Report no. 22. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Smeaton, D., Vegeris, S. and Sahin-Dikmen, M. (2010) Older workers: employment preferences, barriers and solutions. Research Report no. 43. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Speed, L. (2011) Older people and human rights in home care: a report of two surveys. Research Report no. 80. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Storey, A (2018) Living longer: how our population is changing and why it matters, Fareham: Office for National Statistics.  

Sykes, W. and Groom, C. (2011) Older people's experiences of home care in England. Research Report no, 79. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

Taylor, P., Loretto, W., Marshall, V., Earl, C. and Phillipson, C (2016) 'The older worker: identifying a critical research agenda', Social Policy and Society, 15: 675 -89. 

Van der Horst, M., Lain, D., Vickerstaff, S., Clark, C. and Baumberg Geiger, B. (2017) 'Gender roles and employment pathways of older women and men in England'. Sage Open 7, 1 -17.

Wainwright, D., Crawford, J., Loretto, W., Phillipson, C., Robinson, M., Shepherd, S., Vickerstaff, S. and Weyman, A. (2018) 'Extending working life and the management of change. Is the workplace ready for the ageing worker?' Ageing & Society, 1 - 23. 

Last updated: 21 Jan 2020