Supported by a feasibility grant in 2014 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to Jacquelyn James, co-director of the Center on Aging & Work, the Network was established in 2015 as an international, multidisciplinary research network focused on the changing circumstances of work in later life.   The original goals of the grant were to:

  • Provide a forum for sharing members’ cutting edge work from various disciplines, including psychology, sociology, economics, social work, human resource management, and other areas of study,
  • Develop a future interdisciplinary agenda for aging and work research,
  • Develop a set of papers for a special issue of a journal,
  • Plan a pre-conference for aging and work researchers at GSA next November,
  • Develop a specialized set of resources and tools for aging and work researchers.

During the last year over 140 scholars from 14 countries and 15 different disciplines have become members of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.  The Network is joined by a stellar advisory committee.

Recent Activities:

Pre-conference Workshop at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), November 18, 2015, Change in the Meaning and Experience of Work in Later Life

Special issue of the journal, Work, Aging and Retirement (Mo Wang, editor)
“Change in the Meaning and Experience of Work in Later Life“, July 2016.

Curtis, J. & McMullin, J. (2016). Older workers and the diminishing return of employment: Changes in age-based income inequality in Canada, 1996-2011.
James, J. & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2016). Introduction to Change in the Meaning and Experience of Work in Later Life
Fisher, G. G., Ryan, L. H., Sonnega, A., Naud, M.N. (2016). Job lock, work, and psychological well-being in the United States
Moen, P., Kojola, E., Kelly, E.L., and Karakaya, Y. (2016). Men and womn expecting to work longer: Do changing work conditions matter?
Scheibe, S., Spieler, K. & Kuba, K. (2016). An older-age advantage? Emotion regulation and emotion experience after a day of work
Zacher, H., Hacker, W., & Frese, M. (2016). Action regulation across the adult life span (ARAL): A meta-theory of work and aging

Current Activities

Special session focused on different aspects of aging and work.  Over 25 abstracts and 4 symposia from among network members were submitted to the GSA program committee of the by the March 15 deadline. From the accepted papers and symposia, presentations for the special session have been selected for an exciting day of exchange among members on various topics.

The final program will be announced in late summer.

Special session schedule >

Pre-conference at GSA, 2017

Translating Research into Practice: Effective Strategies for Communicating Research Findings with Employers
In collaboration with Drs. Nancy Morrow-Howell and Linda Harootyan and with additional funds from NIA, we will host a pre-conference workshop at GSA, 2017 on the state of knowledge about workplace-based policies and practices that make it possible for older adults to extend their labor force attachment.  We will be joined in this effort by Network steering committee member Philip Taylor, director of the Productive Ageing Centre, Australia, and convener of the Older Worker Interest group who is working toward a better understanding of how to communicate research knowledge to business leaders. The 2017 conference will be combined with the IAGG 2017 (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and will be taking place July 23-27, 2017 (in San Francisco, California), rather than the traditional GSA November conference date.

New Publication Effort
Soon, in collaboration with Professor Lisa Berkman, Network member and Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard University School of Public Health, we will host a special Network initiative to develop research based on the following theme: Is There an App for That? Removing Constraints of Later Life Work.

Current Newsletter
Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work Newsletter