Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Dr Matt Flynn

Principal Res Associate


Dr. Matt Flynn is the Director of the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce. His research interest focuses on the impact of ageing societies on the world of work. He has carried out research for the UK government and European Union and has conducted research in the UK, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. He is currently leading an ESRC study which applying the Capabilities Approach to work to retirement transitions as well as a study for the Trades Union Congress on the impact of the abolition of the default retirement age on older workers.

Full details of his work can be found at


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·         Bilateral (Hong Kong): Age Diversity: Applying the Capabilities Approach to Career Development across the life course, ESRC/RGC (Hong Kong), Matt Flynn and Alfred Chan PI‘s, £135000 (including RGC contribution) 8/2011-6/2014

·         Foresight Future: Foresight: Implications of an Ageing Society for Manufacturing , BIS Foresight Future McNair, S., Flynn, M., Myerson, J., Gheerawo, R., Ramster, G £10,800 2/2013-4/2013

·         ELDer Employees in companies experiencing Restructuring: Stress and well-being , ADAPT, European Union Budget Heading, Malcolm Sargeant PI, 1/2012-12/2012

·         The Experience of Older Workers in Japan and the UK: a comparative study, British Council PMI2, Matt Flynn PI, £40,000, 5/2008-4/2010

·         Age Diversity in the Workplace: a comparative perspective, ESRC, Michael Muller Camen PI, £100,000, 9/2007-8/2008

·         Managing an Older Workforce- a qualitative study into employers’ policies and practices, DWP, Stephen McNair PI, £110,000, 1/2006-1/2007

·         Knowledge Management in the Automotive Industry, ESF, Swahdin Ghosh PI, £50,000 (UK part), 1/2004-12/2006

·         The Effects of Gender and Qualifications on Older People’s Employability, HE-ESF, Stephen McNair PI, £121,000, 10/2003-9/2006

·         The Older Workforce in the South East, SEEDA, Stephen McNair PI, £569,000, 10/2003-3/2006

·         The Age Dimension of Employment Practices, DTI, Stephen McNair PI, £61,000. 1/2004-9/2004